Gordon Basichis's Blog Posts Tagged 'recruiting' (42)

Considering the Times Editorial on Background Checks

Last week,  the New York Times ran an editorial regarding employment screening and how employment background checks are often inaccurate and cause otherwise innocent people their chances for employment.   The editorial requested that the supervising agencies get a tighter control around the CRA's or Consumer Reporting Agencies.    Upon reading the editorial, more than a few recruiters and employers, to say nothing of Consumer Reporting Agencies,  had their proverbial bowels in a…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on July 31, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

When Employees Pad Their Expenses

Most people at least know someone who has padded his business expenses and filed for "creative" reimbursements on their expense accounts.  In some cases, employers do not have much oversight.  And in cases with which I have been familiar, often the employers don't care or turn a blind eye, thinking it's a better way to offer raises without having to pay the additional taxes and benefits.  In fact, if anything, it's a tax write-off.

Padding your business expenses can be regarded as a…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on July 19, 2012 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Are Employees Committing Industrial Espionage?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has initiated a new campaign to thwart the increased use of  industrial espionage.   According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal ,  the new campaign will focus on the prevention of  corporate espionage.   The FBI will feature…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on June 11, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Corra Group Background Checks to Move Headquarters to Larger Office Space

Corra Group, the Los Angeles based background checking service, will soon be moving its corporate headquarters from its current location in the Marina Del Rey. On May 1st, 2012 the company will occupy a larger office space in El Segundo, California.

“We are really excited about the move,” said Nick Gustavson, Co-Founder of Corra Group. “We spent months looking, before we found just the right building. The new office space will facilitate our growth as we hire additional personnel and…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on April 19, 2012 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

The Added Expense of Workplace Bullying

Bullying seems to be the new buzzword.  Be it in the schoolyard or on the job, there are increased outcries about one person trying to dominate another through intimidation.  Most of the time the intimidation employed is psychological.  But often enough it is physical as well.    It is nothing to minimize, but then by the reaction of some, it would appear bullying only recently appeared on the scene.   With the plethora of articles, seminars, workshops,  and panel discussions, bullying or…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on March 28, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Destructive Cost of Workplace Fraud

Once upon a time a dear friend told me about the issues he was having in his apparel manufacturing plant where certain employees were in business for themselves.  This meant their raking off inventory, dresses, blouses, and such, and selling the stolen merchandise to anyone who would pay cash.   Upon doing researcher, my friend found is otherwise unaccounted merchandise in the flea markets in downtown Los Angeles and with different off price venues.   The stealing or shrinkage, as it was…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on March 13, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

When Workplace Violence Reaches Critical Mass

Workplace violence can take place in different forms.  The more common variety of workplace violence is more or less the hazards of the job.   Healthcare workers and emergency medical workers often face abuse.  some of it is physical, but most of it is verbal abuse from ailing and often drugged out patients.    Taxi drivers, retail clerks, and others having to deal face to face with the public are subjected to robberies and battery, sometimes murder.  Law enforcement and…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on February 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Social Media Background Checks Revisited

Of course, other background checks may also be a judgment call.  When an employer or staffing group is recruiting candidates, minor criminal records may not necessarily mitigate a candidate's performance or his ability to behave himself on the job.  The previous criminal record, if not too overwhelming, may relate to youthful folly or love gone wrong.  It may relate to the one mistake he made in his life and has since cleaned up his act.  He is now the reputable citizen, has worked hard for…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on February 14, 2012 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

College Graduates and the Modern Challenges in the Job Market

Once upon a time, a college degree was considered a ticket to success.  If you had a diploma, a sheepskin, if you will, you could easily find a job.  You would make more money.  You were almost guaranteed a promising start to a career.  Not so much anymore.

An article in the …

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Added by Gordon Basichis on February 7, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Gordon Basichis, Corra Group Co-Founder Included on List of 100 Top Facebook Authors

As some may have noticed, not everything I write about concerns employment screening,staffing, or the pitfalls of the job market in this current environment.  I have done a fair share of articles about all that, and my concerns are with the rudiments of staffing  and job acquisition and how they apply to employment screening.

But then there is the other side, that literary side the creeps in every now and then, causing me to abandoned all  he distractions in the wee hours of…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on December 23, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Things to Consider when Ordering Criminal Database Searches for Background Checks

There are a number of employers who rely almost solely on criminal database searches as background checks for their employment screening services.  This is not a great idea.   There are definite advantages to database searches, as they can provide  employers with a quick review of their candidates.    In general, criminal database searches return instantly, which allows the employer to examine any potential criminal records and decide whether to move forward with additional background checks…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on December 19, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Don 't Let the Penn State Sex Scandal Happen to Your Place of Business

In some ways avoiding the kind of  abusive and criminal sex practices that have been plaguing Penn State University is a fairly easy task.  It is a matter of conducting background checks not only for pre-employment screening but periodically to determine if your staff has been convicted of any criminal and sexual offenses.  But then what about the first timers?  Or, rather, those who were never caught?

Determining whether sex abuses are taking place, particularly in the employment…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on December 6, 2011 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Some Serious Flaws in the Texas Statewide Criminal Records Search

Apparently, there are flaws in the Texas State Criminal Records System.  This is the state-wide criminal search put out by the Department of Public Safety.  As many investigators and employers use this both for research and employment screening, one would think these background checks would be accurate and up to date.   Not the case.

According to an article on KENS, Channel Five, in San Antonio, there are some alarming discrepancies in the criminal records.  One…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on November 17, 2011 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Occupy Wall Street May Be a Benefit to Recruiters in the Private Security Industry

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has caused its fair share of consternation to a good many persons and organizations.  In certain areas where Occupy Whatever is taking place, small business owners are losing business due to the congregations outside their doors.  Often regular customers will not patronize businesses where large crowds are gathered outside or nearby.   People are intimidated.  It's that simple, really.

Then, of course, there has been vandalism where various businesses…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on November 8, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

When Employees Steal

These are dire times.  The economy is sketchy, and employees can do foolish things in desperation.   Many people need money, and more often than not,  a fair portion of an employer's staff is probably in straits with overdue payments on everything from mortgages to the telephone bill.  So in some ways it should be no wonder that employment theft is on the rise.

Employment theft is on the rise and industrial espionage has actually increased significantly during the past few years.   In…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on October 25, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

When Your Prime Recruiting Candidate Lies to You

So what happens when your prime candidate lies to you?  I am not talking about some modest little fibs here  but some outright whoppers that when detected leave you twisting in the wind.   As a recruiter, this doesn't bode well for your relationships with different clients.   Most prefer to know the goods are genuine authentic, not some counterfeit designer

But in this difficult  economy with a highly competitive job market, some employment candidates might be selling you a bill of…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on September 20, 2011 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Social Media, the New Buzzword in Background Checks

Social media has created a new means of communication. We can correspond with current friend and get in touch with old acquaintances and new people with whom we may share a common interest. through social media we can comment on products and services and generally vent about our weekends, are lifestyle, our job, our manager, and the working environment.



Social media is an outlet. It is also a tripwire. Today, employers review job applicant's social media. They search for behavior… Continue

Added by Gordon Basichis on August 16, 2011 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

A Quirky Opening in the Newark Job Market

This is one of those stories where it can be seen either as a sad commentary on urban America or a hopeful spot in the American job market.  The Newark, New Jersey City Government approved a new law requiring small restaurants in the city to have an armed guard on the premises, during the evening hours.  This comes in the wake of a drive-by shooting at a Newark restaurant where an off-duty police officer was killed.

According to the article on Reuters, any restaurant serving fifteen…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on August 9, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

Big Dilemma-- Job Applicants with Criminal Records

San Francisco is the latest city to present legislation that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants if they had any prior convictions.  If the legislation is passed, San Francisco will join about twenty one other cities in banning the box, as it is known.   Banning the box refers to the check box on job applications, asking if an applicant has had prior criminal conviction.

Among the twenty one cities, Cincinnati, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia,  and Austin, Texas,  are…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on August 2, 2011 at 3:30am — 9 Comments

The Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Exemplifies the Reviews Required for Background Checks

A good article from Elaine Varelas of  the Job Doc in the Boston Globe or Boston.com as it is known.  A job applicant wrote her asking, basically, if an open container misdemeanor from 2008 would nullify his employment candidacy.   Not  necessarily the crime of the century, but an open container is a serious enough offense as it implies possible intoxication that can lead to serious traffic…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on July 15, 2011 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

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