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8/14/2020

Abhijit Tamhane of LinkedIn has four tips on how to boost your profile when looking for a job, including listing at least five skills -- both hard and soft skills -- which can result in 27 times more looks from job recruiters. In addition there is a hard skills assessment test that you can take to earn a proficiency badge for your profile.

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Fast Company online
8/14/2020

In July, the unemployment rate for likely Democratic voter was 11.7% compared to the 7.6% unemployment rate for likely Republican voters, according Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed. The disparity could explain partisan differences on pandemic unemployment legislation.

8/14/2020

Weekly unemployment benefit claims fell below 1 million for the first time during the pandemic, totaling 963,000 -- lower than the 1.12 million predicted by economists. MUFG Chief Economist Chris Rupkey attributed the decline to the expiration of the $600 per week enhancement benefit, which ended July 31.

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Reuters, Business Insider
8/14/2020

As some big chain gyms close their doors, in compliance with state orders, some fitness enthusiasts are turning to underground gyms that are keeping their doors open. A woman in Arizona justifies violating her state's order saying, "One of the few things that keeps me sane is going to the gym."

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National Public Radio
8/14/2020

A routine and separation between home and work life is important for maintaining mental health and reducing risk of burnout as remote work continues, says social worker Jocelyn Gavin-Lane. "I would not suggest you rolling over in bed with your laptop and logging on while you're lying in the bed," she says.

8/14/2020

Companies such as Google and Twitter are paying employees stipends to cover expenses incurred while working from home as well as wellness needs, such as health-related apps or an ergonomic chair. Tech company Box in California had provided meals and snacks to employees, and Chief People Officer Jessica Swank says while stipends cannot recreate that experience they can make people more comfortable until they return to the office.

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8/14/2020

Women need to "be bold" and be better advocates for themselves, says First Advantage's Katharine Mobley. "We as women don't shout our accomplishments loud enough and we need to learn to do that better," Mobley says, adding that female executives "need to come together and be more open about talking about the challenges of being women in business."

8/13/2020

Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day, the day in 2020 when Black women working full time have caught up to the amount of money that white male counterparts made just in 2019. Black women earn 62 cents compared to white males, which can lead to $1 million shortfall over a 40-year-career, according to National Women's Law Center.

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USA Today
8/13/2020

Now that workers have settled into the remote life and spend their days in casual wear, will women return to wearing business pump or heels once offices open up, wonders Carly Mallenbaum. Dressy sneakers could become the norm, says Gabriella Santaniello, a retail fashion analyst.

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USA Today
8/13/2020

The pathway to chief executive officer includes experience in profit-and-loss, or core operations, roles, something that many women of color lack, says Subha Barry, president of Working Mother Media. Barry details ways employers can help nurture this experience, such as by assigning high-potential workers to core roles and providing opportunities for them to learn and understand company financial statements and tools.

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Subha Barry