Change—A Time for Opportunity


Change—A Time for Opportunity

It’s tough to change. I’m loath to change hairstyles, cars, and jobs. But it’s important to investigate opportunities for change because change can offer great opportunities.

This is my last blog for ClearStar. I’ve been offered an opportunity in the industry I could not pass up. The thought of change is incredibly hard for me but has been embraced by the wonderful staff at ClearStar. They are truly happy for me.

Of course, I was worried about whether the global screening program I helped to build would stay the way I envisioned it. As I pondered my opportunity, I realized I was instrumental in creating a solid foundation here. The foundation will not move. If you’ve seen the movie “The Money Pit,” think about when one of the contractors lectures the female lead (played by Shelley Long), long into the building process, that the house will be fine because there is a good foundation, just like the relationship she has with Walter. That is how I’ve come to view this change and my relationship with ClearStar.

“Oh look! She’s doing something different! Hope she’s buying us some special (expensive) food.”

And change doesn’t mean an end. It’s a new beginning. It’s opportunities all around. My relationship with ClearStar will continue, just in a different form. My departure opens opportunities for others. We have a fabulous global screening team, who definitely know what Collection Limitation means and why I have a sash hanging in my office that says, “Collection Limitation.” (Thank you again, Vu—the sash is staying.) As I step aside, they will step into new roles and grow themselves and the department according to their vision, not mine.

In addition, the company will have room to hire others who will meet its growth needs. It will give clients the opportunity to experience (and benefit from) other opinions and solutions.

This blog will change as well. It will become a forum for all of the ClearStar staff to impart their knowledge to our readers. You will have the opportunity to hear from many different areas of the company and many different points of view. And you will gain the wisdom of experience that is here at ClearStar.


And let’s hope there are plenty of cats in everyone’s future. Well, a few dogs may also be invited. Enjoy the journey.


Kerstin Bagus – Director, Global Initiatives

Kerstin Bagus supports ClearStar’s Global Screening Program as its Director of Global Initiatives. She has more than 30 years of background screening industry experience, working for a variety of firms, large and small. Kerstin is one of the few individuals in the industry who is privacy-certified through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) for Canada, the EU, and the U.S.

Kerstin is a passionate participant in the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA, formerly NAPBS) and is a current member of the Board, in addition to participating on several committees. She also participates on IFDAT’s Legal Committee, with a primary focus on global data privacy.

At ClearStar, we are committed to your success. An important part of your employment screening program involves compliance with various laws and regulations, which is why we are providing information regarding screening requirements in certain countries, region, etc. While we are happy to provide you with this information, it is your responsibility to comply with applicable laws and to understand how such information pertains to your employment screening program. The foregoing information is not offered as legal advice but is instead offered for informational purposes. ClearStar is not a law firm and does not offer legal advice and this communication does not form an attorney client relationship. The foregoing information is therefore not intended as a substitute for the legal advice of a lawyer knowledgeable of the user’s individual circumstances or to provide legal advice. ClearStar makes no assurances regarding the accuracy, completeness, or utility of the information contained in this publication. Legislative, regulatory and case law developments regularly impact on general research and this area is evolving rapidly. ClearStar expressly disclaim any warranties or responsibility or damages associated with or arising out of the information provided herein.


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