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Corra Group Expands Its DOT Compliance Background Checks for Trucking Industry

Wed, August 31st, 2011 - 3:04 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is a posting from our recent public relations release, noting how we at Corra Group are now a full stop background checking service for DOT compliance in the trucking and transportation industry.  Corra Group will conduct everything from criminal background checks, to Motor Vehicle Driving Records, DOT compliant Employment Verification, and DOT Drug Tests.


Here is the link to the new PR Release.

Courtney Hunt’s Article on Social Media for Employment Screening

Tue, August 30th, 2011 - 3:32 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Dr. Corey Shelton Hunt  has written a most comprehensive article on the do’s and don’t of social media with regard to its uses as an employment screening background check.   I found this article most interesting and filled with tips for both the employers and their employment candidates.  Words to live by, especially in today’s down economy and highly competitive job market.

Check it out…I have included the link below…SOCIAL MEDIA AND RECRUITING 101: OVERVIEW AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Arizona Mandates Background Checks for Cab Drivers

Mon, August 29th, 2011 - 4:11 am - By Gordon Basichis

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You hear of cab drivers getting robbed.  In fact, robbing cab drivers is the kind of stuff that legends, okay, stories are made from.   If you live in New York or a major urban environment, you are reminded of the stickups cabbies face as they careen about town, struggling to make a buck.   So for most of us we see cabbies more as the victims than the predators.

But now there is growing concern about passengers and the owners of the cabs they are climbing into.   While airport drivers have undergone background checks and sexual offenders registry background searches, plain city cab drivers were not subjected to these searches in Arizona.  Until now.   Arizona Senate Bill 1375 mandates background checks for all taxi drivers.   No, not taxi dancers…taxi drivers.   The guy, usually the guy, anyway, who wheels you all over town while you prod him to speed up and advise him on the best routes he should take.

So, according to passengers will now feel that much safer, knowing their cabbie has been dutifully vetted for criminal background checks.  Smart move on the part of Arizona.


Thousands Show Up for Atlanta Job Fair

Fri, August 26th, 2011 - 3:39 am - By Gordon Basichis

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It was reported by ABC News that thousand of unemployed workers showed up for an Atlanta, GA regional job fair.  Some slept in line, overnight, wearing their business suits.  I find this heart wrenching and in some ways disgusting.  Mind you, I don’t find their waiting and sleeping in line disgusting, but the fact that this is where we are with this economy, in this nation, that thousands have to line up for jobs.  Any jobs.

Georgia’s unemployment rate has recently increased, a bad sign, and in Georgia minority groups have unemployment rates in the double digit range.  Black people alone have an unemployment rate of more than 15 %.    The national rate for unemployment, overall, is just over nine percent.

Ninety employers were present at the job fair.  Good for them. Truly.   There were seminars at the job fair on interview techniques and resume writing.    The Congressional Black Caucus sponsored the job fair in hopes of getting people out of the unemployment lines and back into the workforce.  I applaud the Congressional Black Caucus for its efforts.   I also applaud the unemployed workers who did stand in line overnight, who slept in their business clothes, for not giving up.   You have to praise them for hanging in there, even in the face of an economic downturn and a very competitive job mart.

It is high time we restore confidence in the business community so they can move forward and start hiring people again.   There are many approaches to restoring this confidence, and they are being argued from both sides of the aisle.   And probably there are several approaches that may well work.  So, do something, and get this show back on the road.

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