Employee News - August 25, 2020

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King County dedicates $41 million to COVID-19 related rental assistance and eviction prevention 

Individuals and families throughout King County economically impacted by COVID-19 due to illness, lost wages and unemployment may apply for assistance through the King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program announced by King County Executive Dow Constantine. The new program dedicates $41.4 million for emergency housing aid and is expected to assist 7,700 to 10,000 households across the region. 

“Many people are facing serious challenges due to COVID-19 and the loss of health or income, leaving them extremely vulnerable to eviction,” said Executive Constantine. “This emergency program will forestall the loss of housing and prevent homelessness for thousands of residents in need across King County." 

Video: August 24, 2020 Update on COVID-19 in King County with Dr. Jeff Duchin 

Watch the recording of the August 21, 2020 media briefing with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. Dr. Duchin spoke with reporters and answered questions about the latest status of COVID-19 spread in King County. The briefing addressed the latest trends in cases, the role social gatherings are having locally, and what we can all do now to reduce transmission during the sweet-spot before our weather turns colder. 

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BRC gets national attention for credit card solution 

King County continues to make waves nationally, in so many positive ways. Julia Cordero’s article about the county’s implementation of virtual credit cards as a new payment method in 2019 was recently published in Insight magazine, a national industry magazine that highlights best practices and innovative solutions. Cordero initially presented at Oracle Applications and Technology Users Group’s national conference last year. She was asked to write an article for Insight.   

By Julia Cordero, ERP Project/Program Manager, Business Resource Center 

What are Virtual Credit Cards? 

With procurement card fraud on the rise, organizations are looking for ways to minimize unauthorized transactions. The now ubiquitous EMV chip cards have emerged as a way to increase security for card-present (CP) transactions, which are those in which the customer physically uses the card at the point of sale. In contrast, card-not-present (CNP) transactions, such as those involving online purchases, continue to be vulnerable to fraud. Read more. 

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FMD saves the day with quick plumbing fix 

When the plumbing backed up recently at the Jefferson Day Center on Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street, initial estimates said it might take two weeks to fix, requiring digging up a busy downtown street. That also would mean a full closure for the center, which offers a safe place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for adults experiencing homelessness. The staff offers a cup of coffee, snacks, showers, laundry, on-site case management, and connections to housing and employment services in addition to shelter upstairs. Read more.  

Creating Effective Application Materials – online, Sept. 1 

King County Career Support Services staff will provide you with strategies and tips on making your application materials stand out. This training will include: 

  • Understanding the purpose of the job application, resume, cover letter and supplemental questions and how to make each of them more effective 
  • Deciding what to include in your resume and the best format to showcase your qualifications 
  • How to write a cover letter tailored to the specific position 
  • Identifying and showcasing your accomplishments 

This workshop will be held via Zoom Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 1-3 p.m. Register here. 

Additional courses are available on the Career Support Services training page. For questions or more information visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS or contact Career Support Services at CareerSupportServices@kingcounty.gov. 

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Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques – online, Sept. 16 

King County Career Support Services staff will provide you with strategies and tips to help you to do your best during the interview. This training will include: 

  • How to prepare for a virtual job interview 
  • The interview structure and types of questions you will be asked 
  • The STAR-LA method and how to use it to provide organized and complete responses 
  • General tips and strategies 

The workshop will be held via Zoom Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Register here.  

Additional courses are available on the Career Support Services training page. For questions or more information visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS or contact Career Support Services at CareerSupportServices@kingcounty.gov. 

Tech Tip: Reminder about regular emails from KCIT vendor KnowBe4.com  

Each Wednesday all King County email users will receive an email from authorized King County vendor KnowBe4.com about phishing scams. King County Information Technology (KCIT) has partnered with KnowBe4.com to regularly provide information and training to employees about phishing scams and other email red flags. KnowBe4.com is a leading industry expert in security awareness training. Its mission is to help employees to make smarter security decisions, every day, and keep the County’s and employees’ information secure.   

Employees are encouraged to read through the helpful information in each email and review the security tips presented. Employees can also rest assured the email comes from a verified source, and is not spam, as it does not feature the external email notice.    

For questions or more information, contact the KCIT Helpdesk or call 206-263-4357 (3-HELP). 


Pet of the Week: June 

Hi! My name is June and I am available for adoption. I am an affectionate lovebug who would be thrilled to cuddle up with you at home! I am a very smart dog! At the shelter I am practicing how to "sit", "stay", "come", and "stop.” Because of my shy nature, I would do best in a calm, quiet home. My personality color is BLUE. I am a gentle and loving dog who likes to take things slow. I may get nervous in new situations, so I am looking for a family who understands that I might take some time to warm up. Once I get to know you, I will be a very devoted friend. 

Read more and view all available pets at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. Have you or someone you know adopted a pet from RASKC? Let us know. We’d love to tell your story. 

Featured Job: Economic Development and Veteran Initiatives Manager/PPM IV 

Salary$100,134.11 - $126,926.18 Annually 

LocationWA 98188, WA 

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week 

DepartmentDCHS - Community & Human Services 

Job Number2020SC12001 

DivisionAdult Services 

Closing8/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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