Advice on Workplace Skills for Women

Mon, September 26th, 2011 - 4:21 am - By Gordon Basichis

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The Huffington Post recently published a tip sheet  regarding the workplace skills women can learn from men.  The article was written by Meghan Neal and it is a nicely done.   Neal lists key elements that apply to ambitious women hoping to advance their careers.

She points out esteem issues, concerns about visibility and, to me, most importantly, the ability to not apologize for who you are and to not get overly emotional.  As they say in the Godfather movie, and in every B Gangster movie in its aftermath, “it’s just business.”

I particularly like this quote from the article…”

Work As Hard At Networking As You Do On Work

Remember the male interns who ask the partners to lunch? Think of the squash, tennis, and golf games some male executives schedule into their days. Dr. Lois Frankel, psychologist and author of “Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office” writes that women should stop working so hard and take some time for in-office relationship building. She recommends getting up from your desk at least twice a day to have a personal conversation with someone else in the office, or taking a long lunch to network (without guilt). This links back to being visible. Don’t wait for the work to put you in the spotlight — put yourself there.”

Here is the link to the entire article…Huffington Post



What to Look for In An Employment Background Check

Wed, September 21st, 2011 - 3:53 am - By Gordon Basichis

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What do you look for in a background check?  Good question.  Many employers today conduct background checks as part of their employment screening program but are never sure quite what to look for.   I found this article in the Huntington Post, written by Geoff Williams.  It is called, “Conducting  a Background Check: Five Things You Need to Know.”

Williams wisely advises to look for behavior patterns, something we here at Corra Group always tell her clients.  Even the MVR background check or Motor Vehicle Driving Record can provide very revealing how someone behaves in the real world.

Williams advises caution with credit checks.  Some states now stipulate by law that the employment credit check must be relevant to the job.

He also advises to follow up on college degrees.  Smart idea.  Increasingly, we find job applicants either exaggerating their college experience, claiming degrees when they had enrollment only.  Or they simply make up the degree from scratch.

Good article and worth reading.  Remember, check them out before you hire.


New Jersey Legislators Introduce Immigration Workers Law Similar to Arizona’s

Tue, September 20th, 2011 - 3:47 am - By Gordon Basichis

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New Jersey may soon be implemented a bill similar to the Arizona legislation, the Legal Arizona’s Workers Act,  first signed by former Governor, Jane Napolitano, in 2008.

Two New Jersey State Senators have introduced a similar bill barring employment of unauthorized workers and requiring all employers in the state to use the Federal government’s E-Verify employment eligibility verification system.  Republican Senators Robert Singer and Steven Oroho have introduced legislation that would mandate the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to develop and implement a  compliance audit system so that employers would be checked at random to determine if they were complying with  E-Verify program.

For  the rest of the article please go to the following link on



Electronic I-9 and E-Verify solutions are available through Corra Group.

Arizona Charging Inmates’ Visitors for Background Checks

Thu, September 15th, 2011 - 3:29 am - By Gordon Basichis

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In a new law in Arizona, those visiting inmates at the state prisons will need to submit to background checks.  There will be a $25.00 charge for the background check.

According to the Digital Journal,  Senate Bill 1621 mandates a one time fee for a background check for those wanting to visit inmates.  It costs Arizona some $150 Million, annually to maintain its prisons and the fees are one way of offsetting the costs in a bad economy, especially.

There is some concern the fees for background checks may have a negative impact.  It has been widely observed that inmates that maintain contact with their families do better and have a lower recidivism rate once they fulfill their sentences.   The cost of the prison background check and the background check itself may prevent various family members from visiting those who are incarcerated.

Arizona is facing a $1.6 Billion deficit this year, which may be one of the reasons for the fee.

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