Myth: Staffing Agencies Sell/Misuse Your Information
One thing applicants always ask us: Why do you need my [social security number/address/tax information]?
It’s misunderstood why we need certain information during the application and hiring process. In this first post of our Myth Busters series, we want to disprove the myth that staffing agencies misuse your personal information. To do that, we will explain our paperwork requirements and why we ask for them.
Having an applicant fill out a thorough application before the interview helps our recruiters do their jobs effectively. We need a complete job history with locations/references so that we can assess your skills and find a job that suits you. Skipping this information in the application could prevent us from placing you in a new position.
As a staffing company, some of our clients are looking for a short turnaround from job order to candidate placement. It isn’t uncommon to have someone apply, interview and get hired in one day. If we ask for you to complete your paperwork when you arrive at our office, it’s because we need to fill our positions quickly.
When we employ you, we are required to collect certain details for payroll and tax purposes. Two documents we have new employees fill our are W-4 and I-9.
The W-4 form will ask for your tax allowances. We need this to know how much money to deduct your paycheck in taxes and submit to the government.
The I-9 asks for information like social security number, permanent address and legal document numbers. The government requires this form for everyone employed in the United States. Your information is submitted safely and legally and it not used for anything else.
Just Ask Us!
Our applicants are always welcome to take a copy of their paperwork with them to keep on file if they have concerns or want record of the information they sign within our offices. And after a certain amount of time, if the applicant hasn’t been placed in a job and they are no longer looking for work, we mark their file inactive and the paperwork is no longer utilized.
Most importantly, we have a secure network server that applicant information goes through. Information is never shared with anyone in a way that would compromise someone’s identity. We share application and resume details only with our clients and only when you’re being submitted for a job. Your identity safety is a top priority for us!
For questions about Priority Staffing Group paperwork, or applicant processes, please call us at any of our locations.
Marion, IL – (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia, IL – (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN – (615) 295-2127