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Denver Broncos Training Camp – The Interview, Evaluation and Hiring Process

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Denver Broncos Training Camp – The Interview, Evaluation and Hiring Process
Denver Broncos Training Camp has opened and the Broncos schedule is out as reported on July 25, 2017 by Mark Haas a CBS4, sports/anchor reporter.  The first practice fans can attend will be on July 27 and the final August 12.  By then we will know who makes the team— who got the job offers, who made the cut. Head Coach Vance Joseph & Denver Employer – Both Must Hire Top Talent to Win Head Coach Vance Joseph enters his first season with the Denver Broncos after being named the 16th head coach in the franchise history. Both he and the Denver employer are …

Cool and Unusual Job Perks - Top Talent Magnets

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Cool and Unusual Job Perks - Top Talent Magnets
Today, if you want to attract top Denver talent, your company might have to offer a menu of cool, unusual or what are known as, non-traditional job perks. Is that really true?  The answer is, maybe; the observation, enlightening with a big wow!  In Denver’s current job market (unemployment rate 2.4%), many employers offer traditional benefits such as health, vision and dental plans. But is that enough? Are high salaries and bonus earning potential enough? Possibly, but maybe not anymore! Times have changed as you may now see a massage chair in an office. N …

Reality Check - Denver Employers are Struggling to Hire

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Reality Check - Denver Employers are Struggling to Hire
BLS reports Colorado and metro Denver's unemployment rates as of April 2017: 2.3% Colorado unemployment rate is lowest in the nation for the 2nd straight month.  2.1% Denver metro area (Denver, Aurora, Broomfield), the number is even more astounding. Denver employers are struggling to hire this summer; that is fact. One reason certainly can be attributed to Denver’s current and historically low unemployment numbers. And yes, employers frequently look to these numbers as justification for their human resource department, corporate r …

74 Percent of Employers Plan To Hire Recent College Graduates in 2017

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74 Percent of Employers Plan To Hire Recent College Graduates in 2017
What do all employers have in common at this very moment? Answer:  A shortage of qualified and skilled talent ready to work day one. U.S. employers and Denver staffing agencies and recruiting firms are finding it increasingly difficult to hire qualified, skilled and productive workers and, in Denver’s current business climate, our employers are experiencing the same challenge. As a result, Denver's talent shortage in now negatively impacting growth plans and profits.  Employee morale is also affected, frustrating business owners and CEO’s to inc …

Denver’s Appeal to Millennials Is Unique – It’s Cool!

  • 2/18/17 |
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Denver’s Appeal to Millennials Is Unique – It’s Cool!
In reading the Wall Street Journal the other day, I came upon a 02/13/2017 article written by Laura Kusisto, “Millennials Are Less Mobile Than Young People Have Been in Decades”.  It’s true, Americans are moving at the lowest rate on record, and recently released Census Bureau data show that a primary reason is that millennials are moving significantly less than earlier generations of young adults. Despite being less likely to be married or have children, today's young people are less mobile than the previous four generations were at the same age, accord …

Job Abandonment and the Employer’s Responsibilities

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Job Abandonment and the Employer’s Responsibilities
J. Kent Staffing, as a provider of a contingent, temporary workforce to thousands of Denver employers since 1979, recognizes that job abandonment occurs in every position whether full-time, temporary, part-time; exempt or non-exempt. We also recognize that job abandonment situations, uncomfortable as they may be, occur across all industries and sectors of the U.S. workplace. Job Abandonment Investigation Must be Acted Upon Immediately —it’s tricky and could be a very time consuming process if extensive investigation is required to include filing of police “wel …

Workplace Tardiness Affects Staff Morale and Business Operations

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Workplace Tardiness Affects Staff Morale and Business Operations
Did you know that workplace tardiness (lateness) costs U.S. businesses more than $3 billion annually? Counterproductive work behavior (CWB) is employee behavior that goes against the legitimate interests of an organization. Workplace deviance is behavior at work that violates norms for appropriate behavior. Is Workplace Tardiness Counter Productive Work Behavior, or Does it Violate the Norm? Those two sentences certainly get my attention, and they made me think about the workplace tardiness problem. Is workplace tardiness a counter productive work behavior? Does workplace t …

How Do I Get to "InboxZERO"?

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How Do I Get to "InboxZERO"?
An overwhelming volume of advice is available on how to manage e-mail more effectively and I have read many of them.  But I still ask myself, “Can I really get to “Inbox ZERO”— is it realistic, achievable and attainable for those that do not have Executive Assistants to manage their corporate inbox?  I have concluded that I will never get to “InboxZERO” so, how do I do a better job managing what has become my daily nemesis? Phone, Email, Text I fully understand that email is an extremely useful communication tool, not only in business …

DOL's Final Overtime Rule - Is Your Company Ready? Only 44 Days Left to Comply

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DOL's Final Overtime Rule - Is Your Company Ready? Only 44 Days Left to Comply
Time is running out to define and delimit the exemptions for executive, administrative, professional and outside sales and computer employees that are affected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).The U.S. Department of Labor's final rule to boost the minimum salary for white collar exemptions goes into effect on Dec. 1. New Salary Thresholds - Effective 12/01/2016 The time is now.  Companies must decide how to handle the otherwise exempt employees whose current salaries will not meet the parameters of the new rule by either raising their salaries or converting them to n …

Top Reasons for High Employee Turnover

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Top Reasons for High Employee Turnover
Let's Think About It! What is Employee Turnover? In its basic sense, employee turnover refers to the number or percentage of workers who leave an organization and are replaced by new employees. Another thought is that employee turnover is a measurement of how long your employees stay with your company and how often you have to replace them. Any time an employee leaves your company, for any reason, they are called a turnover or separation. Two Main Categories of Employee Turnover Voluntary turnover is when an employee quits. This can be due to finding a bette …

How To Compete for Top Millennial Talent in 2016

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How To Compete for Top Millennial Talent in 2016
When J. Kent Staffing opened its doors as a Denver staffing agency in 1979, the “Baby Boom Generation” was cementing its impact on American workforce culture. Denver employers were identifying hiring processes and company culture dynamics that attracted and retained top talent from that generation. Ten years ago, “Generation X’ers” started to leave their mark. Today, we observe companies undergoing the most substantial shift in decades, as a new brand of young adults, called “Millennials,” also known as Generation Y, join the workforce. Millenni …

The Workday is Not a Dress Rehearsal – It’s “ShowTime”

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The Workday is Not a Dress Rehearsal – It’s “ShowTime”
The Impact of Employee Performance What is the Definition of “SHOWTIME”? According to Merriam-Webster the full definition of SHOWTIME is: The scheduled or actual time at which a show or something likened to a show begins. “ShowTime” in the Workplace – Deliver Your Best Performance Every Day Typically we don’t liken the workplace to a show, a Broadway production or a major event, but yet, employers expect that employees deliver their best performance every day. Can a good attitude impact employee performance at work? Yes, it can, and the att …

10 Things You Should Know...
     About Every Candidate You Interview

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10 Things You Should Know...<br>     About Every Candidate You Interview
How do you bring real value to your hiring process and hiring decision? You know the resume but do you know the person? Although the candidate meets your qualifications, do you really know what they think, feel, what is important to them and how they will fit into your culture. Each organization in Denver today is competing to attract top talent from local, national and international markets. The unemployment figures may be up but talent that presents as a “complete package” is still in short supply and does not stay on the market long. Corporations competing in today&rs …

Denver Staffing Agency - Onboarding - Does Your Company Get It Right?

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Denver Staffing Agency - Onboarding - Does Your Company Get It Right?
Onboarding, or organizational socialization, is not only a critical part of an effective overall talent management strategy, but also critical specifically to talent retention. According to the SHRM Foundation, each year nearly 25% of the working population undergoes some type of career transition, and of the newly-hired employees that fail within 18 months, the percentage is even much greater.  A well thought out onboarding program will hep mitigate turnover and ensure new employee success. What is Onboarding? Onboarding is the process by which new employees get adjusted …

Denver Staffing Agency J. Kent Awarded Colorado VA Contract, Fills 32 Healthcare Positions Quickly

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Denver Staffing Agency J. Kent Awarded Colorado VA Contract, Fills 32 Healthcare Positions Quickly
Denver staffing agency J. Kent Staffing, through its GSA Schedule 736 Temporary Administrative and Professional Staffing Services (TAPS) contract, has been awarded a contract for staffing 40 Medical Support Assistants for the federal government's Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Colorado. “Problems with the healthcare American veterans receive has been well documented now for several years and it is a complex issue,” said J. Kent Staffing founder and CEO J. Kent Gervasini. “We are pleased and proud to have been selected for this large and significant staffin …

How To Attract “A” Level Performers: A Core Competency of Business Success

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How To Attract “A” Level Performers: A Core Competency of Business Success
“Today, out-selling the competition for “A” level performers is a core competency of business success. That’s not hyperbole; it’s reality. It is the only way we can win the War for the Best Talent, and our victory is the only way employers can win the War for a Big Bottom Line.” Peter Weddle. Peter Weddle has been writing columns for his own newsletter and for the Interactive Edition of The Wall Street Journal since 1999. The following column has been drawn from that work and updated: First, we have to recognize that the best and brightest hav …

Denver Staffing Agency - Hot Market for Denver Job Seekers and Home Sellers

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Denver Staffing Agency - Hot Market for Denver Job Seekers and Home Sellers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the unemployment rate for Denver fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2014 to 5.8 for the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. When you reflect that the unemployment rate in Denver peaked in March 2010 at 9.1% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower, any savvy business enterprise knows that the competition for top talent or “A” level performers is once again a reality. Here is a quick look at Denver’s unemployment rate change ove …

Colorado Employers May Have a “Zero Tolerance” Marijuana Policy

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Colorado Employers May Have a “Zero Tolerance” Marijuana Policy
About the Author Stephen DeHoff is a business and employment partner at the Denver-based firm Fortis Law Partners, LLC.  He routinely reviews and prepares drug and alcohol policies for businesses and frequently counsels human resources professionals on the creation and implementation of workplace policies.  Mr. DeHoff was assisted in the preparation of this article by firm associate Adrienne Schwisow. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington State became the first U.S. states to legalize non-medical marijuana use.  This year, Colorado became the first state in whi …

Denver Staffing Agency – Recent Law School Graduate Becomes Creative in Job Search

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Denver Staffing Agency – Recent Law School Graduate Becomes Creative in Job Search
In Denver, Colorado as well as throughout our nation, the competition for legal jobs continues to be strong (and in many cities fierce) because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available. According to Forbes Contributor, Joshua Wright’s recent article, 01/10/2014, “In most of the U.S., and for many law school graduates, the legal job market continues to be lousy.” At J. Kent Staffing, a Denver based Recruiter and provider of temporary staffing since 1979, we can confirm Mr. Wright’s well researched article. What are we seeing? …

Staffing Agencies in Denver Hear "10 Things" Employees Really Want

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Staffing Agencies in Denver Hear "10 Things" Employees Really Want
Staffing Managers and Denver Recruiters are continually charged with searching for, identifying, vetting and hiring top talent. For the successful Denver Recruiter, this is a must core competency. At J. Kent Staffing we interview hundreds of applicants each month. During the interview process the candidate shares their personal career goals, what motivates them, and what do they really want out of their next job or what they do not like about their current job, boss or corporate culture. A Raise is Important, But What Else is Valued? At the beginning of each year, many Denver employe …

Denver Recruiter Hires 60 Event Workers for Temporary Staffing Agency

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Denver Recruiter Hires 60 Event Workers for Temporary Staffing Agency
Denver event staffing and management has a large economic, social and cultural impact on its community. The recent growth of global festivals, events and conferences as an industry, speaks to the importance of ensuring a return on the event’s investment (ROI). The impact of the ROI cannot be overstated, as many cities, countries, charitable organizations and corporations spend millions of dollars to promote their cause, venue or product. Denver Event Workers Understand Public Relations, Guest Services and Customer Satisfaction Events big or small require the same careful projec …

Denver Event Staffing Agency Hires 15 Event Workers for Economic Forum

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Denver Event Staffing Agency Hires 15 Event Workers for Economic Forum
Denver is a growing, robust city, and with such great venues as the Denver Convention Center, Wings Over the Rockies Museum, the Cherry Creek Yacht Club, just to name a few, the business of event management is taken seriously in this town. Therefore, the importance of hiring reliable, dependable Denver Event Workers cannot be overstated in order to successfully execute the complex logistics of an important event. From political, non-profit, for profit, or at the personal level, Denver events, large or small telegraph who we are, and what is the state of our economy and our current com …

Denver Staffing Agency - Investment Banking Entry-Level Sales Assistant Jobs Target High Achievers

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Denver Staffing Agency - Investment Banking Entry-Level Sales Assistant Jobs Target High Achievers
An investment banking career involves raising equity and debt capital for companies, and is an attractive option for recent Denver university graduates or professionals with a few years of experience. While competition for these positions can be downright ferocious and the hours daunting, the profession remains a highly-lucrative option for young professionals looking to earn high levels of income, and a burning curiosity and desire to explore this field. But how do you get that coveted interview, and most importantly, do you have what it takes to advance your career in such a co …

Denver Staffing Agency - Work-Life Integration—A 2012 Workforce Reality

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Denver Staffing Agency - Work-Life Integration—A 2012 Workforce Reality
When working with professional, career-minded Denver job seekers, Denver staffing agencies and recruiters are beginning to see a change from the concept of “work-life balance” to the reality of “work-life integration.” What’s the difference? Work-Life Balance – A Concept Wikipedia defines work-life balance as a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family, and spiritual development/meditation). Related, though broader, terms include "lif …

Denver Staffing Agency - Social Media Marketing Jobs Increase 65% Since June 2011

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Denver Staffing Agency - Social Media Marketing Jobs Increase 65% Since June 2011
Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. Social media marketing programs usually center on efforts to create content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it with their social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Google +,  for example. Denver Social Media Marketing Professionals Needed by Small Business Enterprises With the increased awareness around social media marketing trends, J. Kent Staffing’s clients have begun to develop a marketing strategy to increase their brand …

Denver Accounts Payable Staffing – Talent Difficult to Find

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Denver Accounts Payable Staffing – Talent Difficult to Find
Denver Accounts Payable Specialists with solid full-cycle AP experience are not an easy find.   On the contrary, when J. Kent’s Denver Recruiters identify a qualified, experienced Accounts Payable Specialist, it is not difficult to match them with top Denver companies looking for this type of accounting department talent. Accounts Payable Specialists – Found in Most Industries Accounts Payable Specialists positions may be entry level or highly experienced and are generally found in most industries. If the position is entry level close supervision is generally req …

Denver Shipping & Receiving Clerk Key to Manufacturer's Supply Chain

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Denver Shipping & Receiving Clerk Key to Manufacturer's Supply Chain
Central to any organization’s on-time and successful delivery and storage of goods and materials is the management of business operations, namely logistics.  Simply put, supply chain, logistics management involves integration, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material handling, packaging, and often, security. One of the positions, fundamental to a global manufacturer’s supply chain management success, is the hands-on position of Shipping and Receiving Clerk.  Denver Shipping and Receiving Clerk Key to Successful Warehousing Logistics J. Kent’s client …

Denver Staffing Agency – HR Managers, 21st Century Strategic Business Partners

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Denver Staffing Agency – HR Managers, 21st Century Strategic Business Partners
Human resource management in the 21st Century has come to the attention of business impelling career-minded Denver job seekers in that field to continue their education. There is no better way to demonstrate your interest in seeking career advancement or gaining greater knowledge in the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) then to obtain your PHR Certification. A PHR Certification attests to your status as a Professional in Human Resources International Oil and Gas Firm Seeks Human Resources Manager J. Kent Staffing recently conducted a search engagement for an international oil a …

Denver Staffing Agency – Estate Attorney Mentors Young Denver Professionals

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Denver Staffing Agency – Estate Attorney Mentors Young Denver Professionals
Since 1997, the law firm of Joseph G. Hodges, Jr., Attorney at Law has outsourced their human resources, recruiting, hiring, and staffing administration and management to Denver staffing agency, J. Kent Staffing.  For more than 3 decades, J. Kent, a Colorado recruiting and Contingency Search and Temporary Staffing firm has been recognized as one of the leaders in the greater metro area and Rocky Mountain Region.    During the past 15 years, the law firm and Mr. Hodges, a highly respected trusts and estate attorney has looked to J. Kent Staffing for qualified Paralegal …

The Counter Offer: Employers Lose Time and Talent

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The Counter Offer: Employers Lose Time and Talent
Colorado’s current unemployment rate, 8.7% in July 2011, is certainly not a reflection of the real hiring that is going on in the private sector, which leads the way in new jobs creation, according to the last Job Situation Report. New job creation is our economy’s future, unemployment rates, a report on our economy’s past. In the last few months we have seen increases, not only in our temporary staffing business, but also in our Direct Hire Search & Recruiting engagements. The Counter Offer is our future challenge. At J. Kent, we are seeing well run, highly respec …

Denver Staffing Agency Participates in E-Verify Program

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Denver Staffing Agency Participates in E-Verify Program
Denver Staffing Agency Recognizes the Importance of Employing a Legal Workforce As a Denver staffing, recruiting and temporary agency, J. Kent Staffing recognizes the importance of employing a legal workforce.  Although J. Kent has been judiciously verifying employment eligibility of its large temporary staff using the Form I-9 since 1986 (after the passage of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986), effective February 17, 2012, we are augmenting our Form I-9 with the federal E-Verify program.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify Clause At J. Kent, we pro …

Denver Staffing Agency Conducts RTD Market Research Survey; Hires College Graduates

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Denver Staffing Agency Conducts RTD Market Research Survey; Hires College Graduates
When you need powerful productivity with measurable, time sensitive outcomes, Project Management and temporary project teams make strategic staffing sense. In November of 2011, a market research organization whose core competency is economic, policy and market research contacted J. Kent Staffing for assistance with a large market research survey project.      The Project and Deliverables Distribute 4000+ surveys for annual RTD ridership survey in 4 shifts; 6 days   Colorado Staffing Managers Hi …

Colorado Recruiters Conduct 3 Targeted Searches for Denver Insurance Broker in 2011 - Part 2

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Colorado Recruiters Conduct 3 Targeted Searches for Denver Insurance Broker in 2011 - Part 2
"Building the Right Team” in 2011  J. Kent Recruiters, highly experienced in targeted Denver recruiting were tapped by our client, a highly respected, privately held insurance brokerage agency to assist them in their 2011 quest of “Building the Right Team”. Our J. Kent Recruiters quickly recognizing that our client was on a focused and clear mission to hire only the “best of the best”, began to pursue the top 5% of experienced insurance talent in the Denver marketplace. To learn about the insurance broker’s 2011 “New Hire” Str …

Colorado Recruiters Embrace the Challenge of Finding Top Tier Talent - Part 1

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Colorado Recruiters Embrace the Challenge of Finding Top Tier Talent - Part 1
"Building the Right Team" in 2011 An example of “How to Build the Right Team” for your company, occurred this year with one of J. Kent Staffing’s clients, a privately held insurance brokerage firm whose foundation spans more than 30 years in the Denver market.  I would like to share that example and their decisive new hiring strategy with CEOs, executive teams, Denver Human Resource Managers and other hiring authorities that may be involved in manpower planning or revitalization for their organization.  What Was Their Decisive 2011 &ldqu …

“Are They Really Ready To Work?”: Employers' Perspectives on New Entrants to the Workforce

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“Are They Really Ready To Work?”: Employers' Perspectives on New Entrants to the Workforce
As the baby boom generation slowly exits the U.S. workplace, a survey of leaders from this consortium of business research organizations found the incoming generation sorely lacking in much needed workplace skills — both basic academic and more advanced “applied” skills.   In collaboration, The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted an in-depth study of the corporate/business perspective on the readiness of new entrants into the U.S. workfo …