As part of my overall job hunting, I have just seen a new low. Somebody is offering a "free" DBS check.
A few years ago, I'd never have known what one of these was, but now that I do some charity work....
DBS is some UK government agency, and DBS checks basically show if you have a criminal record or not. Both the Stroke Association and Age UK require DBS checks, because with both, I'm working with people who might be considered vulnerable. Both charities required a DBS check as part of the application process, but equally, each check was just a form filled out by me. There was no cost to me, otherwise I probably wouldn't have bothered volunteering.
My wife also requires a DBS check, probably more detailed than mine, for her work as a nurse. Again, something just sorted by her employer.
I mean, I'm sure that these checks must ultimately cost somebody something, but the individual being checked does not pay.
So it makes me chuckle that there must be so few plus-points about this particular job, that the prospective employers highlight "free" DBS checks
BEFORE YOU START: Please note that although I currently volunteer for both the Stroke Association and Age UK, the views expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a spokesperson for either (or, indeed, for any) organisation, and I accept complete responsibility for the views expressed herein. I've tried to use the Glossary to explain any ambiguous terms, but if you think there is anything I've missed, please message me.