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Raising the Red Flag: One Third of Job Seekers May Have Something to Hide in Their History
Workopolis and BackCheck sign exclusive deal to improve candidate screening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, Ontario (February 3, 2005) – Workopolis, Canada's leading provider of recruitment and job search solutions, today announced a partnership with BackCheck™, a leading Canadian provider of pre-employment background checks, which will increase HR efficiency by reducing the time it takes for employers to filter out candidates that may be dishonest when they apply for jobs. The new deal makes Workopolis the first online recruitment service to offer this level of background checking to its customers, an important service, given that one third* of candidates falsely represent themselves in their job application. This can include areas such as their work history or educational credentials.

"Our objective at Workopolis is to provide organizations looking to hire with access to the greatest number of quality candidates, as well as the tools they need to narrow the search process," said Patrick Sullivan, President of Workopolis. "Through this new relationship, employers can concentrate their efforts on finding the best person for the job, while BackCheck takes care of this important administrative overhead up front."

As part of the exclusive deal signed with BackCheck, Workopolis clients will be able to deliver pre-employment background checking services such as education verification and reference interviews within 24 to 48 hours.

"Recruitment professionals have their plates full finding the right candidate for the job," said Dave Dinesen, President and CEO of BackCheck. "Workopolis' new partnership with BackCheck will provide employers with the quality background information they need to make a well-informed hiring decision, which can save an organization considerable grief and expense down the road."

BackCheck's data shows that at least 18 per cent of Canadians misrepresent their work history and nine per cent misrepresent their education. According to Corrections Canada, 10.7 per cent of Canadians have a criminal record. BackCheck's services help recruiters identify and remove dishonest candidates.

"Being honest about your education, experience and capabilities is of the utmost importance in the job search process," added Sullivan. "Candidates must be sure to provide accurate information and references from the moment they apply for a job. This sends a positive signal to potential employers that the candidate is truthful and open."

*According to BackCheck own statistics.

About Workopolis:

Workopolis is Canada's leading provider of Internet recruiting and job search solutions offering a fully bilingual suite of award-winning applications, products and services to both large and small Canadian companies:

  •™, Canada's biggest job site—with the most jobs, visitors and employers of any Canadian job site
  •, Canada's biggest job site for students and recent graduates
  • CorporateWorks™, Canada's most implemented recruitment management solution using the tools that power to power corporate career sites

Workopolis is a unique and complementary partnership of three Canadian media companies, The Globe and Mail division of Bell Globemedia, Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Gesca Ltd., the newspaper publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada. Workopolis has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Guelph, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

About BackCheck
Founded in 1997, BackCheck™ specializes in pre-employment background checks, including Criminal Record Checks, Investigative Reference Checks, Credit Inquiries, Education Verifications and Exit Interviews. With hundreds of clients coast to coast ranging in size from 100 to 100,000 employees, BackCheck™ is a leading Canadian provider of pre-employment due-diligence. BackCheck is Canadian owned and operated, fully bi-lingual, and privacy act compliant.

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Jill Rosenberg/Tina Gladstone
Environics Communications