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London Calling But Not Doing Background Checks On Its Foreign Workers

Mon, June 30th, 2008 - 5:01 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Foreign care workers escape background check

Tens of thousands of immigrants are working with vulnerable elderly people and children without undergoing full criminal record checks, it has emerged.

Senior police officers have warned the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith of the scale of the problem in a report examining the affect on the UK of immigration from Eastern Europe.

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Here is yet one more nutty lapse in a world of nutty lapses.   The western world makes so much of terror threats and then in places like the UK they do little to run background checks on its foreign workers.   Clearly, most British natives avoid any work dealing with the elderly, infirmed or in the different service industries.  It’s tough work and often thankless.  But someone has to do it.  Enter the foreign workers.

So, alright, maybe that new foreign worker helping Mom or Dad or whomever is not really a terrorist.  Instead maybe they are a thief or have a record of being physically abusive.  It would make sense to run a background check to find out, before they go pilfering your loved one’s money, jewelry or valuable possessions.

Since with the UK part of the hiring is through government service, it would stand to reason that they would be sure to run preemployment background checks.   I suppose that would be too thorough.

As for here, across the pond, in the United States, if you are a health care service facility of any sort, or if you are the children of someone who needs an attendant, it would be wise to order criminal background searches.  Corra has one client who insists all assisted living employees are vetted before…well…assisting their residents.   Makes sense.  Smart idea.

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Hard Times for Some Make for Good Times for Other Businesses

Fri, June 27th, 2008 - 5:21 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Starting Up in a Down Economy

Nobody loves a recession*. But many successful entrepreneurs say that, in retrospect, they were lucky to have launched their businesses in tough times.

From: Inc. Magazine | By: Ryan McCarthy, Nadine Heintz, Bo Burlingham

Case Study No. 1: How Method Weathered the Dot-com Bust

* A recession is commonly defined as two consecutive quarters during which the country’s gross domestic product shrinks. It is too soon to say whether the economy is in a recession now.

When they look back on the early days of their start-up, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan remember that a lot of potential investors laughed at them. The Bay Area, where they were living, was awash in Internet start-ups.

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Yesterday the stock market was in the toilet. It has been bad lately, but yesterday it took another major dip. If we are not in a recession, we are still in something pretty lousy. There is a definite economic downturn and with the two presidential candidates espousing mainly the usual sound bites, it leaves the rest of us wringing out hands.

But then in the down economy there will be businesses who flourish. In the past depressions and recessions there are businesses that found their way to either win their way to the needs and fantasies of the greater masses or have focused their goods and services to meet the luxury desires of the more affluent. So whether you go wide or narrow with your goods and services there are ways to make some money.

And when you are making money, chances are you are hiring new employees. You should be running background checks on your new job candidates so that as you lift your business off the ground it doesn’t suddenly plummet, thanks to incompetent workers. Incompetent, duplicitous and thieving employees can do more to end your winning streak than just about anything else.

Corra will offer preemployment screening packages and other background checks to meet your growing business’ future needs.

Check them out before you hire. Call Corra.

Go Green and Recruit the Best Job Candidates

Thu, June 26th, 2008 - 5:36 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Workers: Employers Not Green Enough

A majority of U.S. employees feel businesses could be doing more for the environment.

From: |By: Alexandra Zendrian

Despite gains in workplace green practices, many workers feel their employers still aren’t doing enough to protect the environment.

Nearly 60 percent of 2,281 workers surveyed by Adecco USA, a Melville, N.Y.-based human resources firm, said they felt their employers should be taking more steps to reduce or recycle waste. Among all respondents, women and younger employees were the biggest supporters of workplace green practices.

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Employees want to work in an ecologically sound business environment. More so, they know that clients will be more responsive to businesses that are going green. So it would stand to reason that your employment candidates with the best potential would gravitate to the more environmentally sound businesses.

So when you are recruiting candidates and preparing to interview them, run background checks and so forth, realize that you will attract the better job candidates by making your business a safe working environment. It may help you reduce your insurance costs, and it will create, overall, a better ambiance.

It pays to hire employees who aspire to green practices. In fact, it may pay to hire a specialist who can turn your business green. You would want to run the education verification as well as the criminal background check and other background searches as part of your preemployment screening package. Put someone on the job who knows what needs to be done to make your office environmentally compliant.

It’s important. It’s healthy. And it’s good for business.

Check them out before you hire. Call Corra for background checking services.

Looking for a Job? Watch What You Write on Your MySpace Pages

Wed, June 25th, 2008 - 5:05 am - By Gordon Basichis

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More Recruiters Logging On

A survey finds employers are turning to social networking sites in the hunt for talent.

From: : Laura Palotie

A growing number of employers are planning to make better use of social networking sites as a recruiting tool, a recent study shows.

More than a third of 150 recruiters surveyed nationwide said they would tap into sites like Facebook and Myspace to scan profiles of job applicants, according to Robert Half International, a Menlo Park-Calif.-based staffing firm. Another 62 percent said they would turn to more professional networking sites like LinkedIn. By contrast, video resumes and Second Life were considered less important for finding new talent.

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If you get too frisky on your MySpace or Face Book or some other social networking site, it might cost you. Human Resource people monitor these sites, checking out the behavior of employment candidates. Depending on what they see and who they are, and how open minded they are, you could end up missing out on a job.

In fact, Corra, being a company that performs background checks, has been solicited at times by different companies to monitor the social networks for them. We would be kind of like the Santa of the job world, checking in to see who has been naughty, who has been nice. It is a little much for Corra, so we have politely refused. Whether background checking services have is another issue.

Personally, I love MySpace, Face Book and the other social networks. While some pages can be tedious, others are fresh and innovative and lot of fun to peruse. Being a bit older than the initial demographic, it’s still a bit of a learning curve, negotiating the social networks. But it can be fun.

But if I was up for a job, I may be careful. At the same time, if I were a Human Resources Manager, I can see the logic of looking up your job prospects. Let’s face it, you don’t want someone who behaves like an idiot. But then sometimes the more eccentric souls and the more competent. We all know a few.

Check them out before you hire. Call Corra.

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