You Can Conduct Your Own Pre-Employment Screening

US Citizenship and Immigration Services has a tool on their site that anyone may use to confirm their employment eligibility. When you go to the site: https://www.uscis.gov/mye-verify/self-check here is what you see:

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When you click “start self check” you are taken to this screen:

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This seems to indicate you must create an account, but if you scroll down a bit you’ll see there are some tools you may use without creating an account:

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I clicked “self check” on the upper left portion of the window and it took me through a process in which I entered my full name, social security number and current address. It then gave me a short quiz (3 or 4 questions) about personal details known by the system, such as previous employers, phone numbers or other information that usually only the individual will know. After passing the quiz it did a check and confirmed my eligibility to work!

Hallelujah!

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60% of Students Find Statistics Education Confusing

I just made that statistic up. What is not made up however is that many of us feel nervous and confused when confronted by statistics and those states are heightened if we are required to explain statistics. Fear not, the re are plenty of knowledgeable statisticians out there to help those of us who are statistically challenged.

The site Hyperstat Online Statistics Textbook is one such resource. It is a long running blog resource curated by David Lane, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Statistics, and Management at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

The site definitely looks dated, as if it was time-warped here straight from 1997. It is, however, full of up to date primers on many, if not all, of the basic components of statistical measurements: univariate and bivariate data, sampling distributions, ANOVA and more are all covered in their own chapters.

So this is how it works:

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In the upper left hand corner is a classic, book style table of contents, listing 18 chapters. For our example let’s click chapter 10, Testing Hypotheses with Standard Errors, which takes you here:

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I chose General Formula for Testing Hypotheses and it showed me this:

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Now I cannot explain to you what this means, but Mr. Lane’s pedigree is outstanding, and the fact that this site remains online after so many years is a good sign. Additionally, he has plenty of links to other sites and volumes on statistics & related topics, which, as we all know, is a solid way to present a topic.

Comprehensive Career Services

Careeronestop.org, a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, bills itself as “Your source for career exploration, training & jobs”.

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But what can you actually do on the site? Well, it is a large site with many trails, so let’s imagine a scenario and work from there. Let’s say you just graduated from high school and you want to simply get a job. This is where you could click “Resources for” tab and you see this:

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I selected “Entry Level Worker” and it took me here:

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So you can see that it’s very easy to follow along. The site anticipates various questions that an entry level worker might have and provides answers. It’s very straightforward. They look to have as their mission helping any worker at any point in a career find guidance to beginning, augmenting or even changing a career. They also have a job search section that has everything from job listings to help with resumes and interviews as well as links to training, how to get local help (including information on how to file for unemployment) and lists of top videos, questions and links associated with the site.

Of special interest to students is the section on finding grants and scholarships, the scholarship finder:

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