Earlier this afternoon I got an IM from Craig saying that he received his employment verification letter at work today. (This is the letter that verifies the company he works for, the length of time he’s been employed there, and his salary. We got one of these in the spring for our home study, but we needed a new letter for the dossier, and it had to be signed by a corporate officer and notarized.)
Here is the transcript from our chat:
Craig: got my employment letter and it’s been signed by an HR officer and notarized
an HR officer or a corporate officer?
whatever it is, let’s hope it suffices
i imagine it will – i mean, are they going to go search for the officers of each and every corporation they get letters from?
Craig: yeah really
it has the person’s title & signature and a contact number
Me: what is the title, just curious?
Craig: HR Records Associate IV
yeah, not exactly a corporate officer
I mean, could they come up with a more lowly person to sign this document? HR Records Associate IV? (No offense to the HR Records Associate IVs out there, but your title doesn’t make you sound very high up on the totem pole.) Maybe the attorney in me is over-thinking the definition of “corporate officer,” but I was imagining an actual corporate officer, or perhaps a department head. Someone with some authority. Granted, Craig works for a 5000-employee company (based in another state) and it wouldn’t exactly be easy to obtain the president’s signature (notarized, no less), but when he gave the word-for-word instructions for what we needed, his HR contact said that while she had never had this type of request before, she would find a way to make it work.
I’m going to scan the letter tomorrow and email it to our dossier contact with WHFC to see what she thinks. I hope she says it’s okay.
In other news, I called the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services today to inquire about the status of our gold seal letters (which will state that we don’t have criminal records). When I gave my information to the woman on the phone, her exact response upon pulling up my record was, “Oh, why hasn’t this been sent yet?” Yeah, my thoughts exactly, lady! She said she could see that the background check had been done three weeks ago but the letter hadn’t been issued. Thankfully, she said both of our letters will go out in the mail tomorrow. So, we should have those soon.
It’s amazing to me how complicated some of these steps can be, when they should be fairly straightforward.