May 23, 2011

What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks

What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks

When hiring someone into your company, you vet them for their experience and ability to present themselves professionally. You verify their expertise and skills first by absorbing their resume and then getting acquainted in one or more interviews. Most hiring managers have a good sense of people and can feel pretty confident about the personal qualities, skill set and cultural fit to the company. Nonetheless, taking someone at face value can be risky. A background check should be a policy routine; and all offers made by the company should be contingent on passing a background check.

Cost of Hiring

A background check is crucial for many reasons. The cost of recruiting and hiring a new person is expensive; estimates range at 1.5 to 5 times the annual salary. Think of the staff time involved, the recruiting fees or internal HR department costs, advertising, travel and relocation expenses, training costs and time. (more…)

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May 9, 2011

Most Robust Growth in 5 Years, Yet Mixed Messages about the Employment Outlook

Staffing & Employment News

Most Robust Growth in 5 Years, Yet Mixed Messages about the Employment Outlook

Friday’s employment situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was stronger than anticipated with non-farm private payroll showing increased employment of 268,000 last month, surpassing March’s strong showing of 231,000. This growth is the most robust in five years, and marks the seventh straight month of employment increases. Nonetheless, jobless rate climbed and government jobs fell by 24,000.

The 43,000 surge in jobless claims is explained by various factors but nonetheless was higher than last month. The unemployment rate went from 8.8% to 9.0% month over month. The longer trend remains positive: The economy has added 2.1 million private sector jobs over 14 consecutive months, including more than 800,000 jobs since the beginning of the year. The unemployment rate rose to 9.0 percent, but remains 0.8 percentage point below its November level”, according to Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. (more…)

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