In the Giving Spirit

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “Can I be doing more?” Ann: “Uhh… I’m not sure what you mean. With your background checks?” Customer: “No, it’s just this time of year I feel like I should be doing more to help others. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate blankets, give money to…

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Best Practices for Seasonal Hiring

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Santa: “Ho Ho Ho!”  Ann (rolls eyes—this guy calls every year): “Hey Santa! How’s things at the Pole?” Santa (bites cookie, takes a swallow of milk): “I’m starting early this year screening my elves. I don’t want a repeat of last year.” Ann (shudders to think of…

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3 Things You Can Do to Simplify Your Hiring Process

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “You’re drinking a pumpkin-spiced latte, aren’t you?”  Ann (defensively): “Yes, but it was made with almond milk.” Customer: “I’m looking for ways to simplify the background screening process. But then I wonder, is simple the same as efficient? Is efficient the same as fast?” Ann (takes…

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The Fast Food of Background Checks…?

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer (bites into a donut): “Do you know how many hamburger’s McDonald’s sells?”  Ann (flips on computer): “I can tell you in less than a minute. Knowing stuff is what I do.” According to a 2016 report, McDonald’s sells: 75 burgers every second 4500 burgers every minute…

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Is it Safe to Come Out? Are We Back to Normal Yet?

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer (calling from under his desk, tin-foil hat firmly in place): “Is it safe to come out?”  Ann (brushes cheez doodle dust of her jeans): “No, but things are definitely improving in the world of background checks.” Customer (loosens chin strap on tin-foil hat): “That’s great! Fill…

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Hiring employees in today’s world can be challenging in many ways. With these simple tips and guidelines, you can learn how to avoid toxic workers in a #MeToo, High-Tech, Active Shooter, Headlines, Juries and Ban the Box world.

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