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More Jobs Make for a Pleasant Surprise

Fri, November 30th, 2007 - 2:11 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Strong hiring boosts consumer outlook

By Glenn Somerville

Job growth surged in October at twice the rate expected and factory orders edged up, suggesting the world’s largest economy was strong enough to handle a deep housing slump without falling into recession.

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It seems the reality of the job market is much less dire than first predicted by economic forecasters. But Corra notes that when the job market is strong then good candidates are much more difficult to recruit. You have to be creative in your searches and rely upon fellow employees to refer qualified candidates to your business.

It never hurts to bonus them for their efforts. Corra knows it also never hurts to have pre-employment screening programs in place and to run background checks on all your job candidates. And if you are seeking new vendors or strategic partners to assist your supply chain or to bolster your footprint then it never hurts to do some corporate research to see if they are up to the task.

It is always good to benefit from your efforts. It is always difficult to face disappointments when you had the best intentions but left out that one little aspect of oversight that left you vulnerable to business downturns or litigation.

So check them out before you hire. Check them out before you do business with them.

Tourism in the U.S. on the Downslide, Costs Jobs

Thu, November 29th, 2007 - 4:11 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Unwelcoming’ US sees sharp fall in visitors since 9/11

The number of foreign visitors to the United States has plummeted since the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington because foreigners don’t feel welcome, tourism professionals said Thursday.”Since September 11, 2001, the United States has experienced a 17 percent decline in overseas travel, costing America 94 billion dollars in lost visitor spending, nearly 200,000 jobs and 16 billion dollars in lost tax revenue,” the Discover America advocacy campaign said in a statement.

Chairman Stevan Porter lamented the “extraordinary decline” in the number of overseas visitors to the United States, while the advocacy group’s executive director, Geoff Freeman, blamed the slump on the shabby welcome many foreigners feel they get in the United States.

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I guess this is not a surprise. Since 9/11 the US has fewer tourists. But Corra feels this may change as the dollar drops and Europeans and others discover it is cheaper to shop in the US than it is back at home. People will visit, taking advantage of the cheaper dollar, and buy stuff, often the same clothing and items that are imported her but still sell for less than their country of origin.

So you may need a staff to help service this need. You may need support people and production personnel and sourcing experts as well. For these people you will need to conduct background checks. Pre-employment screening is the best way to avert any potential liability while helping discern who is the best candidate for the job.

Take advantage of the cheap dollar. Market and export to foreign nations who find the dollar attractive. As for your job candidates, check them out before you hire.

Bright Side Darkens in the Eyes of Small Business Owners

Wed, November 28th, 2007 - 5:11 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Small-Business Optimism Hits Record Low

Fewer owners feel the economy is improving, a recent survey shows.

From: | October 29, 2007 By: Angus Loten

The nation’s small-business owners are increasingly worried about the economy, as conditions in most business sectors continued to decline this month, according to Discover.Out of 1,000 owners surveyed nationwide, only 35 percent said they felt economic conditions for their businesses were improving, down from 40 percent in September. An even fewer number rated the economy as “excellent” or “good.”

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Corra well understands why small businesses are concerned about the economy. Corra is a small business and knows these can be trying times. But then we believe the fear aspect is greater than the reality and much of the more dire predictions will prove incorrect.

Nevertheless, the holiday season is here and the show must go on. Small businesses and large corporations must not only examine the holiday season but look to next year to whom they will hire. But with the economic slow down and a lot of desperate people you certainly want to run background checks to make sure you are recruiting an asset and not a potential disaster.

As for the small businesses out there, it is wise to conduct business research on any vendors, ventures or clients to whom you are extending credit. Corra provides business credit reports and comprehensive background checks on the individual executives. In these times, it’s a smart move.

Check them out before you hire.

Boorish Employees are Bad for Business

Tue, November 27th, 2007 - 5:03 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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People can be rude at work


In fact, nearly everybody has had to grit their teeth when a co-worker is insulting, inconsiderate or overbearing.

Such boorish behavior is more than just an irritant. It gets in the way of “job done.” And as productivity suffers, so does the company.

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Corra can well attest that boorish people will run your business. They will damage your business from within and from without.

If relationship building is the key to business development and customer retention, then obnoxious jerks can drive away customers. They are not relationship builders but relationship destroyers. In a world of high competition and multiple choices, no one wants to suffer someone’s bad attitude.

Boorish employees will cause morale to suffer. They will hurt production, and your other employers will be distracted by either their behavior or by discussing the jerk among themselves.

Make sure you have a good interview process and a good background screening program to help eliminate candidates who can prove obnoxious. Run everything from criminal records to Motor Vehicle Driving records to ascertain possible substance issues and behavior problems that will show up in different ways on these searches. And remember, a red flag is a red flag. Ignore it and you pay the price.

Check them out before you hire.

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