J. Kent's Blog - Articles for Employers and Job Seekers

Top Skill Sets in Demand for Entry-Level Roles Include Many Soft Skills

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 5th, 2020

New college grads are facing a tough job market, and one that has changed tremendously since the COVID-19 crisis began. In addition to the obvious hard qualifications, employers are seeking entry-level candidates who are also well-equipped with an array of soft skills. What are Hard and Soft Skills? Hard skills are typically related to specific…

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U.S. DOL Releases Online Tool to Help Employees Determine Paid Sick Leave Eligibility Due to Coronavirus

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 5th, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor recently launched an interactive online tool for employees to help them determine their eligibility for sick leave due to coronavirus. The tool guides the employee through a series of questions to learn if the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) apply to their employer. If…

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New Colorado Law Mandating Paid Sick Leave to Take Effect Jan. 1, 2021

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 5th, 2020

On June 16, 2020, the Colorado State Legislature passed the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, mandating that Colorado companies provide paid sick leave in Colorado. This Act becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2021 for employers with 16 or more employees. For employers with 15 or fewer employees, the Act takes effect on Jan. 1, 2022.…

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Supreme Court Rules for Federal LGBT Workplace Protections

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 25th, 2020

On Monday, Jun. 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. For the first time on a national level, this decision has extended federal workplace protections to the LGBT community. In a landmark 6-3 decision, the Court…

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45% of U.S. Offices Don’t Have a Return to the Office Date Established

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

Things are slowly beginning to open up again. Cities are re-opening restaurants and malls and people begin to venture out again. But, what about offices? A SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) study released on Jun. 9, 2020 found that 52% of U.S. workplaces plan to reopen by Jul. 15, 2020, while 3% aren’t planning…

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Hone Your Company’s Hiring Strategies for the Post-COVID Job Market

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

As the nation slowly returns to normal – or at least the new version of normal – companies are looking to open up their hiring again. Roles they’d paused recruiting efforts for due to the crisis are opening back up. But the pandemic has greatly affected the job market, changing what tactics will work to…

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5 Questions You Should be Asking Your Employees on a Regular Basis

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

Asking your employees the right questions is a great way to counter problems before they arise. It gives you valuable insight into your company, how operations are going, and how each of your employees is doing individually as well as how they’re doing as a team. Often managers only get to see the finished product…

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Countering Implicit Bias in the Workplace to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

Studies have shown that greater diversity leads to greater productivity and output. But greater diversity in the workplace starts from the top, with leadership initiatives to create and promote an inclusive office culture. During the COVID pandemic, it’s natural that companies are looking for ways to change and improve so that they will come through…

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The Benefits of Pushing Back Retirement – For Employees and Employers

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 12th, 2020

A job has historically been seen as a way to earn a living. But in today’s world, jobs offer a multitude of benefits outside of money. Many find their jobs to be the source of friendships and stimulation that are hard to find elsewhere. Others find they need health insurance and other benefits their job…

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How to Build the Perfect LinkedIn Resume

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 12th, 2020

We all know the importance of a first impression. Often, it’s what determines whether you’re invited into the office to meet in person after a phone interview. But these days first impressions are happening without your knowledge. No longer is the first impression made over the phone or in person. Instead, the employer makes this…

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