If you really want to know what a new employer might find when they do their online background checks on yourself, why not see what you can find out about yourself. An online criminal background record check will tell you what they hold on you regarding a criminal background. This should be something you remember but it will help you check if you are on record if you ever were found innocent of a crime. Remember though if you were convicted and this was seven years ago a new employer should not be able to see this. This also should not show up when you request the report and if it does you should report it immediately to the relevant body.
You could also check out your driving records to confirm if any are still held. It is individual to each state how long driving offences will be held on your record. The good point about this is that most jobs won’t check driving records. The main jobs that tend to check your driving records are obviously driving jobs and also nannying where parents want to know that their children will be safe with you when travelling in your car.
You could, and people quite often do, check their own credit report. An employer will check this to see how responsible you are and also to see if you have been made bankrupt. This is necessary for jobs in finance and also where you might be open to bribery; like the police force. They need to know that money will not be a temptation for you to break the rules. You are allowed to check this free of charge on an annual basis.
Why not check that your education report will include everything that it should; you can contact the National Student Clearing House and ask for copies of official diplomas or transcripts.
An important and new way that employers are checking you out is via your online footprint and online presence. Make sure that your profile on Facebook or other social media sites is fit for the consumption of everyone including an employer. If you type your name and city into a search engine and see what you are confronted by. Hopefully this will be positive! Make sure that your profiles are as secure and restricted as possible. Photos and posts should only be sharable with the people you want to see them and if any are seriously unprofessional then delete them or store them somewhere completely private.
So, the best way to ensure that a new employer is only going to see what you are happy with is to check it all out yourself. It should only take you a bit of time and effort and not any money. If you are looking for a job then you should have time on your hands to check it out. You want to be aware if there are any errors or mistaken identity because the after effects of this could be costly.