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Do I need a background check if I have a current Security Guard card license?

User in Phoenix, AZ
May 24, 2017

I have not added a background check nor a MVD records check to my profile. I'm wondering if it's absolutely when I am p/t Security Guard and I have the current license to show? You can't be a Guard if you have any felonies or misdemeanors. So I figure my guards card is my background check. Anybody looking up requirements to get the card would see that. Also, I'm a Lyft driver and you have to pass a driving record check to even drive for them. So I see that as my MVD record check. I mean, I'm willing to get both checks if need be but if I could save money, by relying on my guards card proving that I'm not a felon then I would rather do that. Does that make me sound bad?

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User in Ione, CA
Oct. 8, 2016

Hi Katie!  It's great to hear that you're working on your Care.com profile.  While you don't need to have a background check on file, in my experience, families really depend on them as an important tool in the hiring process.  I have worked for several families on Care.com and it's easy for them to request background checks right through the site.  It's great to have other types of background checks and if I were you, I would definitely bring copies of these licenses and background checks to your interviews but it's a good idea to have a background check through Care.com as well.  Good luck!  

User in Phoenix, AZ
May 31, 2016

I don't have the copy of background checks because I didn't need to pay for them with Lyft or becoming a Security Guard. But, with being a guard, your fingerprints have to be submitted through DPS and then it gets sent to FBI to verify if you can become a Security Guard. This is unarmed. So I will offer up my Guard Card license for people to see though. I will proceed to get both checks done when I have income to do so. I understand the reasoning behind it. I just feel that I have background proof with that license.

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User in Ione, CA
Oct. 8, 2016

That makes sense Katie.  When you're interviewing with families I would definitely give them that information.  Even if you can't pay for your background check right now, you may want to look into other ways to 'spruce up' your profile.  Make sure you have a great profile photo and work on getting references, and reviews to help get your profile as complete as possible.  In my experience, the more families know about you and your personality the more chance you have of getting the job that you want.  

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If you mention that under "Certifications," it may help families decide whether or not to hire you. I would mention that you would be happy to offer proof at interviews. I do believe, however, that getting an "official" Care.come background check probably helps you become more visible and/or more appealing at a first glance when families are looking through applications. 

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Tiffany in Mesa, AZ
Oct. 12, 2016

its more than money to get a background check that is stopping me not the background check itself 

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