Background Companies: 5 Things

By AIRBlog Admin on Friday, July 14, 2017
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Do your research!

5 Things to examine when considering background companies


When examining your background process, and/or background companies, the five things below may help you when exploring cost saving and process review of a current or potential background vendor.

1. ix na on the ackages pa.  Do not use package pricing. Your accounting and contracting people love a one number fits all but background companies are not going to take a bath so package prices from background vendors work for background vendors but not the client.
2. Background companies play with the numbers when it comes to access fees. For example, Los Angeles has a volume based search program. Riverside has a small per search fee. San Bernardino, orange, and San Diego have no fees at the time of this blog post. I could say that I am giving you all those counties for a single access fee, but that is not accurate. In the industry it is bad practice to charge more than the access fee, because it is not an access fee anymore. Access fees are also passed through to the client. So, that extra “access fee” should really be added to the cost they are charging for the search.
3. Things change all the time. Access fees are added by some counties, raised by others, and reduced by others. Need to have a finger on that pulse.
4. Not all searches are the same. There is time when blends of products can save you money on good candidates but may cost a little more additional information acquisition is necessary. But over all, blends save time and money as there are less backgrounds with records than with records. Example, I have three candidates. One has a records and two do not. I want to check all the places they have lived in the last seven years as obtained by a ssn trace. Let say all three have three separate counties to search. 9 counties in all to search. If each county search is 10$ then the cost would be $90. If 7 of the searches are in counties that report to national databases ($5 a search) and the record was found in the national database the cost would be broken down like this. $35 for the 7 national data bases searches, $30 for the three searches (one for the record found in the national database search). That’s $65 or a savings of $25. If you can do this on a regular basis, then you can see the potential savings. Blends are good if you are aware of the industry and can use the data available out there in intelligent ways and still remain within compliance.
5. Why have some else do what you can. Many activities by background companies is a pass through type of information. MVR, Employment Verifications through Talx or other employment information repositories. Many companies will not even talk to you. They refer you to their employment record vendor of choice. You should be leveraging this information for yourselves. You should be charging and even competing with some of these vendors because you have this information the information peddlers want. MVRs are also a great example of pass through information. There are a few companies and I mean a very few that have tapped all 50 states MVR databases. Everyone else goes to them. I would bet that even Large companies may use one of these companies for their MVRs. It just makes good sense. It is very cheap and straight forward.

I think these five areas give you a good idea on why it is important to do your research or find a professional to help you.

The “Successful Hard Things” Reviewed-Part 2

By Ken Willis on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Successful People Can BalancePart 2 of reviewing an article from Inc. magazine website (5 really hard things that successful people do) that was reposted on the web blog ‘Evil HR Lady’.

I am reviewing the second hardest thing successful people do from an article I read.  Please feel free to read her site at the link below or the original article.  ‘My Take’ will be below the article.

5 Really Hard Things That Successful People Do

by Evil HR Lady on January 21, 2016

  1. Get your 10,000 hours in.

Even though Malcolm Gladwell’s famous 10,000-hour rule for becoming an expert isn’t necessarily true, it is true that most of us can’t just walk in and audition for the local symphony. You need to practice, practice, practice and learn, learn, learn. People ask how I got this gig at Inc. Well, I learned and wrote and learned some more and wrote, and wrote and wrote. You need to too if you want to be successful in your field.

Original Inc. Magazine Article


 My Take on the Dream Job

Getting your hours in struck me as a very linear way to look at your professional life.  This also echoes my last Post, but I’ll get into that later. If you are going really reap the benefits both personally and professional for focusing your attention, you should like what you are doing.  There allot of people that do not like their 6 figure jobs or passing up that big promotion or advancement.  There is a sacrifice that every successful person has had to make to attain that next step up the ladder.  Imagine climbing a ladder with a platter in both hands.  On one platter is your responsibilities in your work life and on the other is your personal responsibilities.  As you climb the ladder, it feels like all your worried about is balancing the platters.  Then at some point along the climb you realize your altitude and then a whole other set of variables come into play, but I digress.

In the beginning

Balancing those responsibilities seams easy in the beginning.  Either you are young and time is of little consequence or you are not married, have no kids, no significant other, relatively few decision to make about your daily life.  Then choices enter into the fray.  I do not see the 10,000 hours as strictly a successful persons hard thing that they do.  First thing you need to do is define successful person in YOUR mind.  Find that first.  Is it at the top of the corporate ladder, entrepreneurial, family, health, helping, volunteering, or whatever.  While your figuring it out, the platters are easy to balance.

Decisions, Decisions

Then a major decision happens.  You have that special someone that you are planning to spend the rest of your life with AND your job wants to promote and move AND your significant other has family they would have to sacrifice. People have this choice everyday and make a difference choice.  I made the “stay with my significant other” choice.  Neither choice is bad or good.  It depends on you.  My example is too highlight that the platters are changing.  The choice you make will tip the platters allot or keep them relatively balanced based on your picture of success.

Altitude, Altitude

So, your cruising along making decisions, either keeping the platter balanced or not, then all the sudden the decisions take on a third dimension.  Lets complicate things, lets add a decision that involves a time variable.  Getting married or best yet, having kids, if that’s too intense, add a pet.  This decision adds altitude to your ladder.  You have more to lose and possibly suffer significant personal and/or professional damage.  Again your vision of success is the most important thing to this decision making.  This decision is also made every day.  People decide to have kids now or wait.  Kids may not be part of the equation.  Pets or no pets, that is the decision.  Marriage? Maybe not.  No choice is the wrong choice, just how you perceive it.  Your perception of a successful person will subliminally add to your personality, actions, and ultimately the next decision.  I eventually married my significant other, we waited to have kids, and travelled all over and grew up and enjoyed our friends still till this day.  We did have kids, but when it fit our picture of success at that time (foreshadowing?).  We also had to pay a price but it was the right price and our platters are more balanced because of it (married over 20 years).

The Grand Scheme

Back to my last post Dream Job, Finding that thing you can do and time seams to slip by was the focus of that post; but, that philosophy spills into your personal life as well.  Find what you love outside of work and parallel your life to that interest.  If you allow yourself to gravitate to the things your are really truly interested in, you cant help but be successful in YOUR version.  Your professional life will gravitate to what you enjoy doing and your personal life will gravitate to your interests.  Pretty soon the lines are blurred but you will never know because you are having a blast doing it.  The challenges are great but I believe time is just the stick we measure linear items with, so 10,0000 hours is less important.  What’s important is that we see our glass of life as full of things we truly love whether your just beginning, halfway or three quarters of the way home.

Dream Job – The “Hard Things” Reviewed

By Ken Willis on Friday, January 22, 2016
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Dream Job?

Dream Job?

In the next few days I will be reviewing an article from Inc. magazine website that was reposted on the web blog ‘Evil HR Lady’.

I liked the article but felt it did not go far enough.  Please feel free to read her site at the link below.  ‘My Take’ will be below the article.

5 Really Hard Things That Successful People Do

by Evil HR Lady on January 21, 2016

We spend a lot of time talking about  easy things we can do to make our lives better and our careers take off. There are easy things to do, but the reality is, being at the top of your game doesn’t come easily for almost anything. Sometimes, there are hard things you need to do if you want to be successful. Here are five hard things that will really help you.

1. Get the right education/training.

I get emails all the time asking, “Should I get an MBA?” or “Should I go to graduate school?” The answer? “How in the heck should I know!” It all depends on your goals. Do the people who currently work in your dream job have MBAs? Or, do they have Ph.D.s in art history? Or, did they go through coding camp? Look at what they’ve done and then make your decision.

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My Take on the Dream Job

The above hit me as numb.  Mainly because of the phrase ‘dream job’.  What’s that?  I think it would be more useful if we attempted to define or steer in the direction of how to determine a ‘dream job’.  I had a professor in college that I absolutely did not see eye to eye with and was asked to leave a couple times.  The professor was institutionalized and I had a job and paying my own bills and voting.  I did not think she had a good grasp on what was really going on in business and life outside the classroom, but what she did have was the foolproof way to be happy outside the classroom.  This is what I thank her for everyday.  In her words, she said “find what you love to do and the money will follow”.

My interpretation on the Dream Job

I really pondered this statement.  It struck me.  That thing you can do where time seems to melt away and you can go on forever.  Its fun for you, its challenging to you.  You can do it again and again and even improve it.  If you can find that thing, then find out what education is needed.  Do not worry about the money.  Why?  When you care about what do past the point of the almighty $, then your workmanship and ethic will attract the $ themselves.  I have used this and I have not really worked a day in those jobs where I was left to do what I loved.  On a side note, employers tend to reward those who treat their job like they treat their company.

Decrease Background Check Time.

By Ken Willis on Thursday, January 14, 2016
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But My Client Needs its Background Check Now!


Better Background CheckEver have that client or department that needed that background check done yesterday? Yeah, I get that one a lot. So, how do you get that background done yesterday?  Prepare for it the day before yesterday by having a solid policy and direct connection to your customer service representatives. Lets face it, when it comes to the background industry the information returned is a commodity, but the firm that you deal with can greatly reduce turn around time and errors.


Garbage In, Garbage Out. Yeah, we got that one covered

It has happend many times where the information passed to us (Allied Information Resource, Inc.) may be suspect, but we have processes in place to verify and check the information given to us is usuable. If the information is not usable, then prompt communication will save time and provide a good background check/verification.


Clock Starts When?

Lets say that the information passed is perfect. Now timing is determined on when the information passed. Entering information into an online system is a good way to go. Faxing represents possible Client/Firm issues that can unfairly strain relationships for both parties.  Online is better because it lowers entry issues and both Client/Firm know when an order was placed.  Most importantly, it is the time of day that the order was placed.  Like everyone else, court researchers get up first thing in the morning, grab their orders and head out to the courts.  They sometimes go two and three times a day depending on work load.  Because the courts are a government office, they tend to close earlier and also have furlough days (due to current economic conditions).

Ok, ok, I’ll wrap it up

What does this mean?  Simple, early bird gets the worm.  Putting into place a routine where the background is placed as soon as possible, even before they leave the office.

Yeah, Right!

I know quite a few people in the HR industry and your jobs are tough.  You may have ten people applying, a client on the phone and some background agency asking for more information and then there is the email piling up, oh and don’t forget to sell something while your at it.  The goal of an vendor should be to fit into your organization at your speed and the “at your speed” thing is critical.  If a vendor does not understand you then how can they help you.

How can we help?

Jobs Report December 2015

By Ken Willis on Monday, January 11, 2016
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The December jobs report caps a year of steady growth.

The jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) December 2015 report showed employment increased by 292,000 jobs, an increase from November’s revised increase of 252,000. Adjustments to numbers for October and November showed an addition of 50,000 jobs, increasing the average monthly job gain to 284,000 jobs in the past three months alone. The unemployment rate held steady at 5% for 3 consecutive months, remaining as the lowest level since 2007.

Source: December 2015 Labor Statistics Highlights | Eastridge Blog

My Take

Job Report?

The above is the first paragraph of the jobs report for 4th qtr 2015.  My following comments do not reflect on the posting by Eastridge Blog and I provide the link back to them only because I read this from their site.

The first part where we add 292,000 jobs is great, then I am curious about the last sentence where the unemployment rate held at 5% for the three months.  The last qtr in any year is usually where manufactures, retailers, and logistics companies post their largest gains and ramp up their employees to deal with the increased business (call it seasonal employment), right?  What I am curious to see is what that number will be in 1st qtr 2016.  Makes you go, hummmm…

Jobs Reports? Where do they get these numbers?

Where do they get these numbers?

I followed the link above to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see if I could make heads or tails of how they are measuring the numbers.  I was confused even more.  I don’t mind reading a good instruction manual every now and then but this was mind numbing and didn’t seam to go anywhere.  Sure there was lots of numbers and graphs, but I could not find where in this document it tells me how and where these number came from.  I need a glossary.  Can anyone help?


Rebranding Strategy Resemble a Camel

By Ken Willis on Monday, September 28, 2015
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Does Your Rebranding Strategy Resemble a Camel? Tips on how your creative rebranding strategy can increase your online lead generation You’ve seen it before. Some companies are successful when acquiring or merging and rebranding with other companies….

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