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Tickets and jobs

November 3, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
From time to time, newspapers will get calls from little old ladies begging us to not print the fact that their grandson got a speeding ticket “because it will ruin his life.”

Meanwhile, Granny doesn’t realize that Junior also got tickets in Minneapolis and Mankato, neither of which will appear in this newspaper, but will be on his driving record.

I was reading about a job fair in the Mankato Free Press for manufacturing companies. Besides the fact that these businesses are begging for qualified workers in a time of high unemployment, one other thing jumped out at me.

“One of the first obstacles with drivers is they have to be DOT (certified) and drug free,” said Larry Biederman of LJP Enterprises. “And with our insurance coverage we have to go back three years looking at their records.”

Guess what, folks, they’re not looking through the Sentinel, the Free Press, Star-Tribune or any other newspaper. They are looking at your very own record, which is public information. It doesn’t matter what gets printed in the newspaper because they can go right to your record and get all your information in a nice, neat little package.

So if you have a lead foot (or other proclivities) and you've been applying for jobs all over the place, but not getting any responses, the reason could be that potential employers aren’t liking what they’re seeing when they check your record.


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