Patent Pending #62/062,542

 

INVENTION TITLE

 

A method for verifying the education and employment information on a resume, via the internet.

 

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

 

Problem Solved: Job seekers often lie about the education and employment information on their resumes. Therefore, employers can’t trust job seekers until their education and employment information has been verified by college transcripts and employer reviews.

 

In order to receive a job seeker’s college transcript using other verification methods, employers have to request that the job seeker has a college transcript sent from their school. Then the job seeker has to send their school a transcript request form. Then the job seeker’s school has to print and send the college transcript to the employer through the mail. This process is time consuming and labor intensive.

 

In order to receive a job seeker’s employer reviews using other verification methods, employers have to request that the job seeker provide their past employer contact information. Then employers have to track down and interview each of the job seeker’s past employers. This process is time consuming and labor intensive.

 

This method allows employers to verify the education and employment information on a job seeker’s resume, immediately after reading their resume, by giving employers instant access to college transcripts and employer reviews, via the internet.

 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

 

As stated above, job seekers often lie about the education and employment information on their resumes. Therefore, employers can’t trust job seekers until their education and employment information has been verified by college transcripts and employer reviews. The method claimed here solves this problem.

 

This method allows employers to verify the education and employment information on a job seeker’s resume, immediately after reading their resume, by giving employers instant access to college transcripts and employer reviews, via the internet.

The claimed method differs from what currently exists. Other verification methods require employers to wait for college transcripts to be sent through the mail and interview past employers over the phone, which is time consuming and labor intensive. This method allows employers to view college transcripts and employer reviews immediately after reading resumes, without having to wait for college transcripts to be sent through the mail or interview past employers over the phone.

 

This method is an improvement on what currently exists. When using other methods, employers are often forced to select candidates and conduct interviews based on unverified education and employment information, because employers don’t have the time or the resources necessary to wait for each job seeker’s college transcript to be sent through the mail or to interview each job seeker’s past employers over the phone, prior to selecting candidates and conducting interviews. When using the method claimed here, employers are able to select candidates and conduct interviews based on verified education and employment information, because employers have instant access to college transcripts and employer reviews, prior to selecting candidates and conducting interviews.

 

The Version of The Invention Discussed Here Includes:

 

PATENT DRAWINGS

 

FIG. 1A Illustrates the server system prompting the job seeker client system to provide registration information. The job seeker submits their email address and desired password (101). Then the job seeker submits their first name, last name, maiden name, country/region, address, city, state/providence, zip code, and telephone number (102). Then the job seeker clicks “continue” (103), which will bring up the next prompt.

 

FIG. 1B Illustrates the server system prompting the job seeker client system to provide education information. The job seeker submits their school name, country/region, status, graduation date, degree, major, and GPA (104). Then the job seeker decides whether or not they want to provide a transcript from their school (105).  If the job seeker decides to provide a transcript, the transcript will appear on the job seeker’s profile. Then the job seeker receives information on where to send their college transcript (106). Then the job seeker can click on a link which explains how to request a college transcript (107). Then the job seeker can click “remove school” (108) to delete the information provided in 104-105 or click “add school” (109) to add information 104-105 from another school the job seeker attended. Then the job seeker clicks “continue” (110), which will bring up the next prompt. If the job seeker does not wish to submit education information, they can click “skip, I don’t have education history” (111), which will skip this section entirely and bring up the next prompt.

 

FIG. 1C Illustrates the server system prompting the job seeker client system to provide employment information. The job seeker submits their current industry (112). Then the job seeker submits their employer name, job title, status, start date, and end date (113). Then the job seeker decides whether or not they want to provide a reference from this employer (114). If the job seeker decides to provide a reference, the reference will be interviewed by email and the information provided by the reference will appear on the job seeker’s profile. Then the job seeker can click on a link which explains what their employment references will be asked (115). Then the job seeker can submit their employment reference name, title, and email address (116). Then the job seeker can click “remove employer” (117) to delete the information provided in 113-116 or click “add employer” (118) to add information 113-116 from another employer the job seeker worked for. Then the job seeker clicks “continue” (119), which will bring up the next prompt. If the job seeker does not wish to submit employment information, they can click “skip, I don’t have employment history” (120), which will skip this section entirely and bring up the next prompt.

 

FIG. 1D illustrates the server system prompting the job seeker client system to provide payment information. The job seeker is shown the annual membership fee (121) and the job seeker submits how they would like to pay for the membership (122). Then the job seeker submits the name on their credit card, card number, security code, and expiration date (123). Then the job seeker is asked to agree with the membership conditions, terms of use, and privacy policy (124). Then the job seeker clicks “start membership” (125). After the job seeker clicks the “start membership” the server system receives the registration information, education information, employment information, and payment information from the job seeker client system.

 

FIG. 1E Illustrates the server system assigning an identifying number (member number) to the registration information, education information, employment information, and payment information received from the job seeker client system and storing the information in a database under the identifying number (member number).

 

FIG. 1F Illustrates the server system sending the job seeker client system a membership confirmation (receipt). The job seeker receives a welcome message (126). Then the job seeker receives their identifying number (member number), membership date, renewal date, billing information, and membership description (127). Then the job seeker receives information about automatic renewal (128).

 

FIG. 1G Illustrates the server system sending the job seeker client system the resume seal and electronic seal. The job seeker receives information about how to access the seals in the future (129). Then the job seeker receives the resume seal in color and in black and white, which they can save to their computer and post on their resume (130). Then the job seeker can click on a link which explains how to post the seal on their resume (131). Then the job seeker receives the electronic seal, which they can post on various online materials (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Email Correspondence, and Other Online Materials) (132).  Then the job seeker can click on a link which explains how to post the seal on their networking page (LinkedIn page) or various other online materials (133).

 

FIG. 1H illustrates the server system sending the job seeker client system welcome information and further instructions. The job seeker receives a welcome message (134). Then the job seeker receives information about how to access the seals in the future (135). Then the job seeker is reminded to have their college transcript sent to the enclosed address and to contact their references to ensure that they complete the review request (136).

 

FIG. 2A Illustrates the server system prompting the employment reference client system to provide a review of the job seeker. The employment reference receives the name, title, company, and employment period of the job seeker who is requesting a review (201). Then the employment reference receives information about the review process (202).  Then the employment reference can click “provide review” (203), which will bring up the next prompt.

 

FIG. 2B Illustrates the server system prompting the employment reference client system to provide answers to general questions about the job seeker. The employment reference answers whether the job seeker’s job title and employment period are true or false (204). Then the employment reference answers whether they would re-hire and recommend the job seeker (205). Then the employment reference rates the job seeker’s work ethic, quality of work, professionalism, communication skills, attendance, and punctuality (206). Then the employment reference clicks “continue” (207), which will bring up the next prompt.

 

FIG. 2C Illustrates the server system prompting the employment reference client system to provide a written review of the job seeker. The employment reference provides a review headline (208). Then the employment reference provides a written review (209).Then the job seeker is asked to agree with the reference release statement and privacy policy (210).Then the employment reference clicks “submit review” (211). After the job seeker clicks “submit review” the server system receives the answers to general questions and written review information (employer review information) from the employment reference client system. The employment reference is also provided tips for writing reviews (212) and a link to example reviews (213).

 

FIG. 2D Illustrates the server system assigning an identifying number (member number) to the employer review information received from the employment reference client system and storing the information in a database under the identifying number (member number).

 

FIG. 2E Illustrates the server system sending the employment reference client system a thank you message for providing a review of the job seeker.

 

FIG. 2F Illustrates the server system sending the job seeker client system a notice that the employer review has been received.

 

FIG. 3A Illustrates the college transcript process. The job seeker sends their educational institution a transcript request form (301). Then the educational institution receives the transcript request form and sends the job seeker’s college transcript to the requested address (302). Then the hardcopy college transcript is received (303) and converted to an electronic image (scanned) (304).

 

FIG. 3B Illustrates the server system assigning an identifying number (member number) to the electronic image of the college transcript and storing the electronic image of the college transcript in a database under the identifying number (member number).

 

FIG. 3C Illustrates the server system sending the job seeker client system a notice that their college transcript has been received.

 

FIG. 4 Illustrates the resume setup process. The job seeker posts the resume seal from the previous email (FIG. 1G) to their resume (401). Then the job seeker provides citations in the education (402) and employment (403) sections of their resume. Then the job seeker provides a reference section at the bottom of their resume (404). After setting up their resume, the job seeker sends their resume to employers. Then employers read the job seeker’s resume and see the resume seal, citations, and reference section. After reading the resume employers visit the web site they are directed to in the reference section of the resume.

 

FIG. 5A Illustrates the employer client system sending the server system a request to view the job seeker’s profile. The employer is given directions on how to view the job seeker’s profile (501). Then the employer enters the job seeker’s last name, identifying number (member number), and clicks “search” (502). After the employer clicks “search” the server system grants the employer client system access to the job seeker’s profile; if the job seeker’s last name and identifying number (member number) match. The employer is also provided directions on where to find the job seeker’s identifying number (member number) (503).

 

FIG. 5B Illustrates the employer client system providing the job seeker’s last name and identifying number (member number), which grants them access to the job seeker’s profile. The job seeker’s profile displays their education information, employment information, employer review information, and an electronic image of their college transcript.

 

FIG. 6A Illustrates the job seeker’s profile. The job seeker’s name, identifying number (member number), city, state, current industry, and membership date appear at the top of the profile (601). Then the job seeker’s education information appears below. The education information includes the job seeker’s school name, degree, and graduation date (602). The education information also includes the date the job seeker’s transcript was received (verified) (603), the job seeker’s GPA, and a link to the electronic image of the job seeker’s transcript (604). The job seeker’s employment information appears below the job seeker's education information. The employment information includes the job seeker’s title, employer name, start date, and end date (605, 608, & 611). The employment information also includes the date the employer review was received (verified) (606, 609, & 612), the employment reference’s name, review headline, overall rating, and a link to the employer review (607, 610, & 613).

 

FIG. 6B Illustrates the electronic image of the job seeker’s college transcript (page 1 of 2), which appears when the employer clicks on the link in (604).

 

FIG. 6C Illustrates the electronic image of the job seeker’s college transcript (page 2 of 2), which appears when the employer clicks on the link in (604).

 

FIG. 6D Illustrates the employer review, which appears when the employer clicks on the link in (607). The employer review displays the employment reference’s name, title, company, and the review date (614). Then the employer review displays the employment reference’s answers to general questions about the job seeker (615). Then the employer review displays ratings of the job seeker’s work ethic, quality of work, professionalism, communication skills, attendance, and punctuality (616). Then the employer review displays a review headline and written review of the job seeker (617).

 

FIG. 6E Illustrates the employer review, which appears when the employer clicks on the link in (610). The employer review displays the employment reference’s name, title, company, and the review date (618). Then the employer review displays the employment reference’s answers to general questions about the job seeker (619). Then the employer review displays ratings of the job seeker’s work ethic, quality of work, professionalism, communication skills, attendance, and punctuality (620). Then the employer review displays a review headline and written review of the job seeker (621).

 

FIG. 6F Illustrates the employer review, which appears when the employer clicks on the link in (613). The employer review displays the employment reference’s name, title, company, and the review date (622). Then the employer review displays the employment reference’s answers to general questions about the job seeker (623). Then the employer review displays ratings of the job seeker’s work ethic, quality of work, professionalism, communication skills, attendance, and punctuality (624). Then the employer review displays a review headline and written review of the job seeker (625).

 

FIG. 7A Illustrates the job seeker signing into their member account. The job seeker provides their email address or identifying number (member number) and password (701). Then the job seeker clicks “sign in” (702).  After the job seeker clicks “sign in” the server grants the job seeker client system access to their member account.

 

FIG. 7B Illustrates the job seeker client system providing their email or identifying number (member number) and password, which grants them access to their member account. The job seeker’s member account displays their registration information, payment information, education information, employment information, employer review information, and an electronic image of their college transcript.

 

FIG. 7C Illustrates the job seeker’s “my account” page. The job seeker can change their email, password, name, country, address, city, state, zip, or phone (703), by clicking “edit” (704). The job seeker can also change the name on their card, card number, security code, expiration date, or cancel their membership (705), by clicking “edit” (706).

 

FIG. 7D Illustrates the job seeker’s “my profile” page. The job seeker can change their current industry, by clicking “edit” (707). The job seeker can also add new education information and a new college transcript, by clicking “add new education history/transcript” (708). The job seeker can also change or remove their education information, by clicking “edit/remove” (709). The job seeker can also view and remove their college transcript, by clicking “view/remove” (710). The job seeker can also add new employment information and a new employment reference, by clicking “add new employment history/reference” (711). The job seeker can also change or remove their employment information, by clicking “edit/remove” (712, 714, & 716). The job seeker can also view and remove their employer reviews, by clicking “view/remove” (713, 715, & 717).

 

FIG. 7E Illustrates the job seeker’s “my seal” page. The job seeker can save their resume seal in color or in black and white (718). Then the job seeker can click on a link which explains how to post the seal on their resume (719). Then the job seeker can post their electronic seal on various online materials (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Email Correspondence, and Other Online Materials) (720). Then the job seeker can click on a link which explains how to post the seal on their networking page (LinkedIn page) or various other online materials (721).

 

Relationship Between The Components:

 

FIGS. 1A-1H Illustrate the sign up process. The sign up process is used to collect and store the job seeker’s registration information, education information, employment information, and payment information. The information will be used to identify the job seeker, contact the job seeker, set up the job seeker’s member account, set up the job seeker’s profile, interview the job seeker’s employment references, retrieve the job seeker’s college transcript, and bill the job seeker.

 

FIGS. 2A-2F Illustrate the employer review process. The employer review process is used to collect and store the job seeker’s employer reviews. The employer reviews will be displayed on the job seeker’s profile.

 

FIGS. 3A-3C Illustrate the college transcript process. The college transcript process is used to collect and store an electronic image of the job seeker’s college transcript. The electronic image of the job seeker’s college transcript will be displayed on the job seeker’s profile.

 

FIG. 4 Illustrates the resume setup process. The resume setup process is used to display the resume seal, citations, and reference section on a job seeker’s resume. The resume seal, citations, and reference section will let employers know that the resume is verified (supported by college transcripts and employer reviews) and direct employers to the job seeker’s profile to view college transcripts and employer reviews.

 

FIGS. 5A-5B Illustrate the find a member process. The find a member process is used to ensure that only those who know the job seeker’s identifying number (member number) receive access to the job seeker’s profile.

 

FIGS. 6A-6F Illustrate the job seeker’s profile. The job seeker’s profile displays the job seeker’s education information, employment information, college transcript, and employer reviews.

 

FIGS. 7A-7E Illustrate the job seeker’s member account. The job seeker’s member account grants job seekers the opportunity to view, edit, and remove their registration information, payment information, education information, employment information, employer reviews, and college transcripts. The job seeker’s member account also grants job seekers the opportunity to add new education information, new employment information, new college transcripts, and new employer reviews.

 

How The Invention Works:

 

By following the above-listed steps, in the order listed, the education and employment information on a resume can be verified, via the internet.  

 

How To Make The Invention:

 

The means disclosed herein consists of the above-listed steps.

 

One skilled in the art would appreciate that several of the above-listed steps can be adapted or omitted.

The methods for receiving college transcripts can be adapted, since college transcripts can also be received from a job seeker’s school through email or in person.  College transcripts can also be received by having job seekers self-submit their college transcripts. However, receiving college transcripts directly from the job seeker’s school helps ensure that all transcripts are real and without forgery.

 

The methods for interviewing employment references can also be adapted, since employment references can also be interviewed over the phone or in person.  Employer reviews can also be received by having job seekers self-submit their employer reviews. However, receiving employer reviews directly from the job seeker’s employment references helps ensure that all employer reviews are real and without forgery.

 

The questions employment references are asked can also be adapted, since employment references can be asked a myriad of different questions about a job seeker’s past.

 

The find a member process can also be adapted by having employers submit only the job seeker’s last name, in order to access their profile. However, eliminating the requirement for the job seeker’s identifying number (member number) would give any member of the public, who knows the job seeker’s last name, access to the job seeker’s profile.

 

The education and employment information on a job seeker’s profile can be omitted, since the job seeker’s resume already displays education and employment information.

 

The resume seal image, citations, and references on a resume can also be omitted, since the only thing employers need in order to access a job seeker’s profile, is their last name and identifying number (member number).

 

One skilled in the art would also appreciate that several of the above-listed steps can be rearranged. For example, the employer review process and college transcript process can be rearranged and performed in reverse order. The steps within the signup process can also be rearranged.

 

How To Use The Invention:

 

By following the above-listed steps, employers can verify the education and employment information a job seeker’s resume, immediately after reading their resume, by instantly accessing their college transcripts and employer reviews, via the internet.  

 

Additionally: One skilled in the art would appreciate that the method described above can be used to verify the education and employment information displayed on sources other than resumes.

 

For instance, this method can also be used to verify the education and employment information displayed on a networking page (LinkedIn page).

 

As alluded to previously (FIG. 1G), professional networkers can post the electronic seal to their networking page (LinkedIn page). Then anyone who visits the professional networker’s networking page (LinkedIn page) can click on the electronic seal and they will be instantly connected to the professional networker’s profile, which displays their college transcripts and employer reviews.

 

The electronic seal was designed specifically for use on networking pages (LinkedIn pages). Unlike the resume seal, the electronic seal does not require visitors to the professional networker’s networking page (LinkedIn page) to go to the website and enter the professional networker’s last name and identifying number (member number), in order to view the professional networker’s profile. Instead, the electronic seal allows visitors to the professional networker’s networking page (LinkedIn page) to simply click on the seal, then they will be instantly connected to the professional networker’s profile, which displays their college transcripts and employer reviews. All of the same security features afforded by the resume seal are afforded by the electronic seal, since only people who see the professional networker’s electronic seal (i.e. people the professional networker makes “connections” with) will be able to access the professional networker’s profile, which displays their college transcripts and employer reviews.

 

One skilled in the art would appreciate that several of the above-listed steps can be rearranged, adapted, or omitted in various ways in order to cater specifically to professional networkers. For example, the education and employment information on a professional networker’s profile can be omitted, since the professional networker’s networking page (LinkedIn page) already displays education and employment information.  In fact, the profile and electronic seal can be omitted entirely and links to the professional networker’s college transcript and employer reviews can be posted directly on the professional networker’s networking page (LinkedIn page).

 

ABSTRACT

 

A method for verifying the education and employment information on a resume, via the internet is disclosed. This method allows employers to verify the education and employment information on a job seeker’s resume, immediately after reading their resume, by giving employers instant access to college transcripts and employer reviews, via the internet.