||Discounts on Background Checks Now Available as a New AO Member
America Outdoors has
created an alliance with Intellicorp Records, Inc. to provide background check
and employment screening products at a discounted rate utilizing highcaliber
screening tools. Intellicorp's wide range of products include criminal
background checks, employment/education verification, credit checks, drug
testing, motor vehicle records and more.
America Outdoors and
Intellicorp have partnered to provide an online background check for the deeply
discounted rate of $27.95.
The package includes:
- SSN Verification with
- Criminal Supersearch
- Sex Offender Registry
of 50 States
- Unlimited Single
County Criminal Searches
Click here to access the
America Outdoors program
Prior to using background
checks, we strongly recommend that you understand the legal issues related to
them. AO had a legal brief prepared, which provides an overview and Intellicorp
also helps handle disputes. However, background check firms generally do not
warrant the accuracy of their information due to errors that can occur in
reporting, therefore correct procedures should be followed. Go to
to view the legal brief.
The package cited above
will provide you with true nationwide coverage, all at your fingertips using
Intellicorp's web based system. Intellicorp will work with you to customize
your pre-screening needs and offer you the best combination of pricing,
products and service. You must be an AO member and mention America Outdoors to
take advantage of these rates and savings.
For more information
Phone: (216) 450-5218
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||Are You Still Waiting for Your Customers to Make Their
||With rebate checks scheduled to arrive in your customers mail boxes,
now might be a great time to call your past customers and ask for their
business this year. If you are waiting for the phone to ring this year instead
of telemarketing, your business may be off. We are hearing mixed results. Some
outfitters are up, while others are down. This isn't to say that a
telemarketing campaign will turn things around altogether if your business is
off, but it might stir up some business and you'll learn a lot by a friendly
Here are a couple of ideas for telemarketing.
Have a special
offer ready as a follow-up. If you book by ____________, we're throwing in
______________ at no additional charge. You have to book by (specified date) to
get this special offer.
As we learned at the AO conference, a special
offer is not a special offer without a deadline
||Avoid Common Hiring Blunders
||Key Questions to Find the Right Fit
New people bring
new ideas and new energy into a business. If their personal "magnetic north"
lines up with the organization's own axis of cultural alignment, the culture is
strengthened. If their magnetic field happens to have a different orientation,
however, this has a weakening effect on the overall establishment. And once
enough different fields pointing in enough different directions have been added
to the mix, the original alignment can be cancelled out altogether.
This is how an organization deteriorates from one that originally "knew
exactly where it was going" into one in which everyone now feels they're being
pulled in a dozen directions at once. When that point is reached, having all
the most talented and best-qualified people on the payroll does nothing to make
success easier to achieve. Once in a cultural tug-of-war, increasing the
strength of the "tug" in each of the various directions has little or no effect
on the outcome.
The antidote for temporary amnesia during hiring
interviews is to ask a few key questions that have nothing to do with
job-related issues, and everything to do with culture-related ones. For
1. What do you do for enjoyment away from work?
Wrong answer: "Oh, mostly watch TV, I guess," or "I like hanging
out with friends at [name of local bar]." Answers like these suggest our
applicant may be at risk of being taunted to "get a life." Our question is
designed to reveal personal levels of enthusiasm-the kind of energy that can
reinforce cultural alignment, rather than sap it.
Better answer: "I
belong to a [car club, community choir, sports team, etc.]," or "I enjoy
[photography, stamp collecting, woodworking, etc.]" This is an individual with
hobbies or interests, a person who derives pleasure from feeling that he or she
is accomplishing something.
Best answer: "I love [any of the above, or
equivalent]." The greater the enthusiasm in the response, the better.
Applicants who are highly motivated from the outset have an easier time
becoming highly motivated about their new job.
To view all the key
questions and the entire article go to
Originally posted at www.incentivemag.com on May 12, 2008
||Save Money by Reducing Power Consumption
||What about those common areas you keep lit all the time even when no
one's in the shop? What happens when you guests leave the lights on the in the
cabin or room?
Lodging technology may have the answer with a system
that automatically detects the absence of occupants and curbs energy
consumption by switching off lights in common areas, restrooms, closets and
other areas. When guests are out of their rooms for a period of time, GEM
System® kicks into action and resets the room temperature to a management
selected energy saving level, reducing energy consumption by 35% to 45%.
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