The website requires potential hires to subscribe to a monthly background check membership after you "fail" the no-charge name and address verification. I am currently employed as a part-time researcher working with children ages 3 yrs to 5 yrs.
I am also currently employed as a substitute teacher working with minors. Both these agencies perform fingerprinting background checks. Additionally, I have worked for other agencies that require fingerprinting background checks. I understand the importance of maintaining children safe, but I am offended that my name and address failed their background check since I have lived at the same address for 16 years and have worked for federally funded agencies that run true in-depth background checks that cost about $50.
Trust me, my name and address come up on the most basic searches. At $9.99 per month for their most basic background check, a sitter is paying about $120 a year and is promoted as having a basic badge (they give badges based on how much you pay per month). This benefits neither the person seeking employment nor the family seeking a sitter. However, it benefits Sittercity's profits since the background fee is collected prior to employment.
A job seeker could pay $9.99 per month for the basic badge until infinity and this won't guarantee that families will employ you. I saw the sitter position posted on Indeed.com and the short term assignment and part-time split-shift schedule seemed perfect for my current availability.
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