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How to Get My Own Employment Background Check for Free

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If you are looking to change careers or reenter the workforce, you may wish to pre-qualify yourself prior to sending out resumes and attending career fairs. Knowing what employers may come across when screening you before offering an employment opportunity may allow you to correct any inaccuracies and warn you of potential deficiencies a hiring manager may encounter. You can get a free copy of your previous employer's background check as well as any records a government agency may have.

Go to the LexisNexis "Personal Reports" website, located at personalreports.lexisnexis.com. LexisNexis offers a free pre-screening background check by mail once per year.

Click on the "Access your personal information" link located under "Information About You" heading.

Click on "Full File Disclosure Request Form" link on the next page. Download or print the "Request for Full File Disclosure" form.

Complete the "Request for Full File Disclosure" form in its entirety. Make a copy for your records and mail the completed original to LexisNexis Consumer Center, made attention to "Full File Disclosure." Address the envelope to P.O. Box 105108, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5108.

About the Author

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.

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