A must-read guide for students and recent graduates about the background investigation process for college, business, and government job applications.
Most young adults know little about background checks, despite their widespread use by schools and potential employers. In Your History, Your Future: An Insider's Guide to Background Investigations, Anthony Oatis uses his decades of experience as a special investigator to direct readers through the process. He explains what to expect during the background check, how to prepare for interviews, and how to handle past infractions. Special focus is given to social media and the internet, helping readers understand the impact of what they post online and detailing how to clean up social media pages before the background investigation process begins.
Featured throughout the book are personal stories from young adults who overcame obstacles in their lives and infractions on their records to still pass the background investigation and lead successful lives. Including tips for filling out the often-intimidating forms, Your History, Your Future is a valuable resource for high school and college students as they prepare for what’s to come.
Anthony Oatis is a special agent and special investigator who has served for the U.S Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has worked as a security consultant to several businesses and companies over the past three decades. Oatis is the founder of Think Right Global Solutions and delivers presentations about the background investigation process to both high school and college students.
Chapter 1: Why You Need This Book
Chapter 2: How the Background Investigation Process Works
Chapter 3: You, the Internet, and Social Media
Chapter 4: Life Challenges: What You Should Know
Chapter 5: Moving on from Your Past
Chapter 6: Undergoing a Background Check for Your Security Clearance
Chapter 7: How to Prepare for Your Background Investigation
Chapter 8: How the United States Government Conducts Your Background Investigation
About the Author
This book is a valuable resource for anyone who is planning a future that involves government service, higher education, or work in the private sector. Based on his years of experience conducting background checks, Oatis provides teenagers and young adults common sense advice about everything from social media use to making choices about whether to amass credit card debt or follow peers into low-level criminal activity. The book is, in essence, a “how-to” guide for applying for jobs and higher education opportunities that will require a background check. But Oatis does more than simply advise his readers not to make mistakes; he offers a pathway out of the woods for readers who might have already made some unfortunate decisions, and he explains why honesty about one’s past is essential when applying for jobs or university admission. As someone who works with young adults in law school and who is the mother of two teenagers, I can see the payoff of this book for both kids and their parents.
Anthony’s new book is one of the most insightful and well thought out documents I have read in a while. It certainly will make you sit back and take notice and it is an excitingly knowledgeable book.