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Navigating Working from Home & Schooling Children

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 13th, 2020

Schools across the country have shut down due to COVID-19. Here in Colorado, most school districts have gone online. This forces both parents and children to work from home and coexist while still getting work done. Working from home with children at home can be challenging. Figuring out how to structure your day and your…

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J. Kent Staffing Earns 2nd Consecutive Year of Best of Staffing Awards

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 9th, 2020

Each year, ClearlyRated judges staffing agencies across the country and awards only the top agencies with Best of Staffing Awards. There are two awards – Best of Staffing regarding client satisfaction and Best of Staffing regarding candidate/talent satisfaction. For the second year in a row, J. Kent Staffing has won both ClearlyRated Best of Staffing Awards…

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How to Prepare for and Succeed at Video Interviewing

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 2nd, 2020

J. Kent Staffing, along with many of the clients we work with and many employers across the U.S., has transitioned to video interviewing. With the current situation surrounding COVID-19, in-person interviews simply aren’t feasible or safe. So, job seekers must learn how to prepare for and succeed in video interviews. While the substance of these…

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How to Craft a List of References that Will Get You Hired

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on March 31st, 2020

Reference checks are an important part of the interview process. They’re often the final step that either seals the deal or ends your chances. Having a strong list of people who can vouch for you is necessary for finding a job. When a potential employer asks for this list, you shouldn’t be scrambling to put…

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Introducing the J. Kent Report for Job Seekers

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on March 3rd, 2020

Hello from the J. Kent Staffing team in Denver, Colorado! With the launch of our new web site at the end of 2019, we’re excited to send out our first “J. Kent Report for Job Seekers”. Each quarterly edition will highlight: 3 blogs covering topics ranging from employment issues, the job market, and tips and…

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Women Now Make Up the Majority of the U.S. Labor Force

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on February 26th, 2020

Women have replaced men as the majority of jobholders in the U.S. labor force. According to data from the Labor Department, women held 50.04% of nonfarm payroll positions in December 2019. This is the highest share women have held since 2010. The Roles Women are Increasingly Filling To reach this percentage in the labor force,…

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Form W-4 Gets a Makeover: Understanding the New Form

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on January 14th, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service has released an updated Form W-4, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The IRS  redesigned the W-4 Form in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The TCJA changed the way taxable income is calculated…

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Common Interview Questions and How to Navigate Them

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 12th, 2019

Now that your resume has caught an employer’s attention and gained you a foot in the door, it’s time to prepare for your upcoming interview. You need to always prepare for interviews, with questions rehearsed and practiced until you’re positive of your answers to them. Of course, this is easier said than done, especially since…

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Denver’s Minimum Wage Increasing to $12.85 Effective Jan. 1, 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 10th, 2019

On Jan. 1, 2020, Colorado’s minimum wage will increase from $11.10 per hour to $12.00 per hour. Denver’s minimum wage, however, will increase to $12.85 per hour – 7% higher than the rest of Colorado. This increase in Denver’s rate is the result of a bill passed by the Colorado legislature this year giving cities…

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Colorado’s Proposed Overtime Laws for July 2020

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 3rd, 2019

On Nov. 18, 2019, Governor Jared Polis proposed a bill that would increase – beyond federal statutes – the standard salary level requiring overtime pay in Colorado. These laws would see hundreds of thousands more Colorado workers qualifying for overtime. If enacted, the bill would go even further than the federal overtime law changes set…

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