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When You Don’t Like the Job You Have, Find the Job You Love

Wed, April 30th, 2008 - 2:49 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Can You Find Work You Love?

The market and economy are tight and your next dream job seems elusive. Can you find work you love? Or do you feel the need to settle?

When you look back on your life experiences, do you find that one path led to another? The culmination of your experiences and skills bring you to where you are now.

Although you may feel you have to settle for a job to get you from Point A to Point B, use this time to pursue additional education, research things you’d like to do, and continue to build your professional network. You can find meaning within any job when you focus on the positive aspects.

Here are three exercises that can move you forward and help you determine a direction to take next.

1) Make a list of the 100 things you want TO DO, TO BE, or TO HAVE

in your life. Making this list gets harder once you reach number 50.

You’ll start repeating, which is fine. Be specific and in the present

tense. For example, “I want to travel to Hawaii and swim with the

dolphins” is better than just stating “I want to travel.”

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Corra believes there is much merit in mission statements and in making lists. This article provides some excellent examples.

Corra hears all the time how people hate their jobs. How do we know? They tell us. So, as the article suggests, find another one. Or go into business for yourself. Whatever, you spend a lot of hours working, so you might as well work at something you love. You’ll last longer and, probably, you will live longer.

Remember, when you do apply for another job, chances are the employer will be conducting pre-employment screening. The background check is a vital tour in deciding the best candidate for the position.

Check them out before you hire.

Talk the Talk at Your Job Interview

Tue, April 29th, 2008 - 2:37 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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  1. Advanced Interview Tips
  2. It’s hard enough to get an interview today and… easy to bomb once you’re there.
  3. There are more people in the active job market, many who have not interviewed in years. What will set you apart?
  4. Back to basics!
  5. 1) Tailor your résumé for every job. This will set you apart more than
  6. anything else.
  7. 2) Review your résumé. Be sure that if you list a skill set, you can discuss
  8. your experience in this area.
  9. 3) Companies have more stringent background check requirements. Do
  10. not fudge dates of employment, titles, educational background or other
  11. information which could be revealed on a background check and
  12. potentially cost you the job.
  13. 4) Know the company. Review its Web site and every module within the
  14. site.
  15. For the entire article go to

Corra sees these as worthwhile tips. Especially the tip about not lying on your resume. The background check has become almost a mandatory tool for human resources in search of a the proper job candidate. Employers can forgive a few missteps a candidate may make while on the pathway to a successful career. Few forgive lying.

In fact those who like on their education verification or criminal records are almost always eliminated from the hiring process. So keep this in mind when your are an employment candidate in search of that next job.

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If You Are Lying About Your Past, Employers Will Find Out With Background Checks

Mon, April 28th, 2008 - 12:51 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Job seekers: Get used to full disclosure

Nervous employers are digging deeper into your past, and it’s better to confess the facts than be fingered.

By Molly Selvin
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Fibbing on your resume is a really bad idea.

First, you will probably be found out by the army of commercial background screeners that employers deploy to scour resumes, check criminal records and pull credit histories.

Plus, you don’t need to. Most bosses are pretty forgiving if you come clean about a minor brush with the law or a supervisor so nutty he sent you running for the door.

Yet resume tinkering is practically an epidemic. Superheated competition for jobs, especially those with big paychecks, tempts many to pump air into their resumes. A gig as an administrative assistant expands into a management title. A mail-order MBA is passed off as the real deal.

“We tend to disproportionately reward individuals with extraordinary records,” observed Kirk Hanson, a business professor and executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “There’s a huge incentive that’s increased over the years in claiming that you’re a star, so individuals tend to knock pieces from their resume that are inconsistent with being a star and add things that are consistent with that image.”

But the precipitous tumble of high-profile managers in recent years should send up red flags for every job-seeker.

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Corra believes this is a really good article, one that prospective job candidates should heed carefully. There are so many ways to get caught in a lie, chances are the people running your background check will have thought of at least three possibilities for the reasons you are being evasive.

The background check is increasingly a proven tool for the human resource manager. And most HR Managers are aware that when candidates lies do lie they will lie mostly about their criminal records and education.

Corra is one of the background checking services that will run education and employment verification both domestically and on an international basis. With most employers willing to overlook certain mishaps or a lack of education, few will overlook your lying. So fess up. It’s smarter.

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Background Checks Prevent “Misunderstandings” About College Degrees

Fri, April 25th, 2008 - 1:33 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Herbalife exec’s bio inaccurate

  1. Nutritional supplement marketer Herbalife said Gregory Probert, its president and chief operating officer, did not finish his master’s degree in business as stated in his biography.
  2. The Century City-based company said Probert was enrolled in a graduate MBA program at Cal State L.A. for 12 quarters during the 1980s but didn’t obtain a degree.
  3. Herbalife said it was reviewing the matter and would take “any appropriate action.”
  4. Probert was appointed to his position in 2003.
  5. From Times Staff and Wire Reports For the entire story go to latimes.

Corra would like to say this is the first time it has seen this situation rise up to embarrass a company. But then, like the claim of the degree itself, that would be untrue.

Many people fib about their college degrees. Some will claim graduation, a Bachelor’s or Masters’ status, while only attending for part of the time. Others will claim to be graduates and may never have gone to that school at all. And yet there are others who will true to pass off their couple hundred dollar a pop diplomas from phony universities for “life experience.”

That is why Corra offers Education verification services for just about every school in every part of this fair nation. We also offer international education verification for most countries around the world.

If you don’t think it’s wise to conduct the kind of background check that will verify either education or employment than read this article again. This could be your company. Embarrassed. Forced to face that ugly media and recant previous claims.

Check them out before you hire.

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