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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