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Citi and CredAbility Join with IAVA, TAPS, and MSCCN to Launch Online Financial Education and Counseling Program for Armed Forces Members, Veterans, and Their Families

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Recent data shows that members of the armed forces, veterans and their families face particular financial difficulties. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who have served on active duty since September 2001 was 12.1 percent in 2011, compared to the national unemployment rate of 8.9 percent that same year. According to Debt.org, more than 25 percent of military families that have credit card debt carry a balance of more than $10,000, and a third of military families report they have trouble paying monthly bills.  Also, 2011 data from CredAbility of veterans who went through credit counseling shows that veterans ages 29 or younger have average monthly expenses that exceed their net income by $880 as well as average credit card debt of $7,234.

 

CredAbility ReConnect addresses these financial challenges with a set of online tools, education and counseling. Individuals and families served by IAVA, TAPS, and MSCCN will be able to access custom versions of the online program, free of charge, tailored to the unique needs of the veterans, families and survivors they serve. Members of the armed forces, veterans and their families not affiliated with these organizations can access CredAbility ReConnect at www.CredAbility.org/recon.

 

CredAbility ReConnect covers:

 

  • The Financial Impact of Deployment – Online courses to help military families deal with the financial implications of a deployment, including how to manage money while a spouse is overseas.
  • Easing the Transition – Online courses, such as “Understanding Your Military Benefits” and “Reconnecting Financially,” help ease the financial transition for those who have recently left the armed forces or experienced the death of a servicemember.
  • Budget and Credit Counseling – Personalized financial “check-ups” help users manage their money better and prioritize spending through easy-to-follow plans. Online courses help with wise use of credit, debt reduction strategies, and setting goals for a healthier financial future.
  • Debt Management Plans – Custom affordable repayment plans, often with reduced interest rates, fees and penalties for qualified individuals, help visitors pay down debt, negotiate with creditors and regain their financial footing.
  • Foreclosure Prevention and Home Buying Guidance- HUD-certified counselors provide guidance to individuals who are behind on their mortgage payments or face foreclosure, as well as to prospective homebuyers.

 

Free one-on-one credit counseling with a CredAbility certified counselor       is also available by telephone at 888-808-7285.

“A serious need exists for a targeted set of financial assistance services like CredAbility ReConnect,” said Mechel Glass, Vice President of Community Outreach for CredAbility and a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. “Young veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan might want to create a plan to make regular deposits to an emergency savings account and pay down debt. And active duty servicemembers might want to create a financial support plan for spouses and children during times of deployment or transfer, or in the event of a loss that leaves them financially vulnerable. CredAbility ReConnect will provide the education and counseling to show them how to accomplish these personal finance goals.”

 

“Every member of the armed forces has sacrificed a great deal in service to their country, and in addition to the challenges of military service, many face tremendous financial pressures as well,” said Suni Harford, Citi’s Regional Head of Markets for North America. “These brave men and women receive extensive military training, but far too few of them receive any kind of formal financial education. CredAbility ReConnect was developed to help these deserving men and women build financial capability and achieve long-term economic security for themselves and their families.”

Citi is an established leader in the national effort to support veterans and active-duty servicemembers, including those in the Guard and Reserve, and CredAbility ReConnect is the latest initiative in a  coordinated, firm-wide effort in this area. In May, Citi launched Citi Salutes, a one-stop resource that consolidates all of Citi’s       programs, products and partnerships that support the greater veterans community. Later this month, Citi will be helping to lead the second annual Veterans on Wall Street conference and job fair in New York, an initiative co-founded by Citi to develop career opportunities in the financial services industry for veterans.

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer  accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.  Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com       | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi       | Blog: http://new.citi.com       | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi       | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

 

About Citi Community Development

 

Citi Community Development (CCD) is leading Citi’s commitment to achieve       economic empowerment and growth for underserved individuals, families       and communities by expanding access to financial products and services,       and building sustainable business solutions and innovative partnerships.       Our focus areas include: commercial and philanthropic funding;       innovative financial products and services; and collaborations with       institutions that expand access to financial products and services for       low-income and underserved communities. For more information, please       visit www.citigroup.com/community.

About CredAbility

CredAbility is one of the leading nonprofit credit counseling and       education agencies in the United States, serving clients in all 50       states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US       Virgin Islands, in both English and Spanish. In addition, the       organization provides in-person counseling through its branch network of       more than 25 offices located across the southeast.

Founded in 1964, CredAbility is a family of Consumer Credit Counseling       Service agencies that includes CCCS of Greater Atlanta, CCCS of Central       Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast, CCCS of Palm Beach County and the       Treasure Coast, CCCS of East Tennessee, CCCS of Central Mississippi and       CCCS of Upstate South Carolina. The nonprofit agency is accredited by       the Council on Accreditation and is a member of the Better Business       Bureau and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC).       Governed by a community-based board of directors, CredAbility is funded       by creditors, clients, individual donors and grants from foundations,       businesses and government agencies. Service is provided 24/7 by phone at       800.251.2227 and online at www.CredAbility.org.

About Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation’s first       and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving       the lives of our newest veterans and their families. Through innovative       health, education, employment and community programs, IAVA strives to       build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable       leadership for our country and their local communities. Learn more, get       involved and join IAVA’s over 200,000 Member Veterans and Civilian       Supporters. For more information, visit http://iava.org/.

About Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

TAPS provides immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing       to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to       America. TAPS meets its mission by providing peer-based emotional       support, grief and trauma resources, camps for children, seminars for       adults, casualty casework assistance, a 24/7 resource and information       helpline, and connections to community-based care. For more information,       visit http://www.taps.org/.

About Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)

Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and the Military Spouse Corporate       Career Network (MSCCN) were chartered in 2004 as private sector       non-profit organizations that provide no-cost employment readiness,       vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for National       Guard, Reserves, transitioning service members, veterans, military       spouses, homeless female veterans, war wounded and caregivers of war       wounded.

CASY-MSCCN operates as an employment partner to all branches of the       Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Coast Guard, through       Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs). In addition, without funding and       through its partnership with Kenexa and DirectEmployers Association,       CASY-MSCCN created and maintains the National Guard Employment program,       which provides training and job placement to returning National Guard       personnel and their families. Each of these high-touch programs is       supported by solid partnerships with major corporations, mid-size       companies and small businesses that provide employment opportunities for       our military-affiliated job seekers. Our state-of-the-art technology,       built by Kenexa, provides real-time, verifiable tracking numbers and       outcome reports to our employment partners, military services, and       donors. For more information, visit http://www.msccn.org/.

Contact:

For Citi David Roskin, 212-559-4767 david.roskin@citi.com or For CredAbility Scott Scredon, 404-653-8833 Scott.Scredon@CredAbility.org or John McCosh, 404-260-3108 John.McCosh@CredAbility.org or For IAVA Michelle McCarthy, 212-982-9699 michelle@iava.org or For MSCCN Amy Rossi, 804-943-3325 a_rossi@msccn.org or For TAPS Ami Neiberger-Miller, 202-588-8277 ami@taps.org
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Find Work Anytime: TAX Relief Edition

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It’s that time a year again, when everyone wipes the sweat from their forehead.  Some with a sigh of relief that their taxes are filed, others wondering if they are going to get audited, the rest out of panic if they can complete it in time or get granted an extension!  Regardless of the category you fall  into, this time of year can cause even the calmest individuals to lose their cool.

Wherever, you may be take a deep sigh and be thankful that tax day is over and it only comes once a year!  Now that the big day has passed we can focus our attention on what our future may hold.  Perhaps, a new job making more money?

If you would like an idea of the types of jobs to look at, check out this week’s Find Work Anytime positions, and thousands of other positions for military affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first three opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Convergys Home Agent Program, Customer Service, Anywhere, 60733BR
  2. Loss Prevention Specialist, Edmond, OK, 64382BR
  3. Center Customer Service Associate, Seattle, WA, 64356BR
  4. Outside Sales, Unit Parts Exchange (West Haven, CT)
  5. Temporary CNC Operator, Capewell Components Co., LLC (Cromwell, CT)
  6. Welder/Fabricator, Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. (Niagara Falls, NY)
  7. Billing Specialist, RPCN (Rochester, NY)
  8. Cook/Dietary Aide – Various Per Diem shifts – New Britain, Kindred Health (New Britain, CT)
  9. Dietary Aide – Various shifts – New Britain, CT, Kindred Health (New Britain, CT)
  10. Store manager – Fairfield, CT, Starbucks Coffee Company (Fairfield, CT)
  11. Store manager – Norwalk, CT, Starbucks Coffee Company (Norwalk, CT)
  12. 12.  Mgr-Customer Service Center, Suburban Propane LP – SLP (Uncasville, CT)
  13. Case Manager, RN – Full Time – Kindred DeLima, Kindred Health (Henderson, NV)

Find Work Anytime: Holiday Temp Jobs!

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I have heard that this is the best time to look for work. Many candidates slow down or stop their job search because of the holidays. So, you have a better chance of making network connections (holiday cheer), getting an interview, and even getting hired. So it’s time to network and get the word out that you are looking for a job.

This time of year you can also find a stepping stone position as a temp or seasonal worker. Treat your temp or seasonal work like it is your dream job. Work your schedule, do a good job, be a problem solver, do a more than what is asked of you, and make a lasting impression.   A seasonal job can become a permanent position. Great places to check out are department stores, packing agencies, doctor’s offices, etc.

For additional ideas of jobs check out this week’s Find Work Anytime.  All the positions and thousands of other positions for military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Driver Helpers Seasonal, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 54397BR
  2. Customer Care Professional Any City, Alabama 54080BR
  3. Project Manager, Louisville, Kentucky 53329BR
  4. Part – Time Retail Sales Consultant Redlands, CA 55279BR
  5. Retail Sales Consultant, Bi-lingual Spanish, Garland, Texas 55273BR
  6. Store Seasonal Employee, Lowes, Mira Loma, CA
  7. Claims Professional Trne – IAP Sedgwick Claims Management Svs. , Inc. Riverside, CA
  8. Data Entry Clerk, Adecco, Fallbrook, CA
  9. Floater Teacher, Knowledge Learning Corporation, Hemet, CA
  10. Seasonal – Retail Sales – jewelry  – Galleria at Tyler, Nordstrom, Riverside, CA

FindWork Wednesday: Salute to the Marine Corps

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It’s a time of the year many Marines look forward to and treasure, The Marine Corps Birthday on November 10th! They take their finest uniform “dress blues” out to get cleaned, shine their dress shoes, and medals.  You will hear exuberant shouts of “Happy Birthday, Simper Fi and Oorah” to their fellow brothers/Marines. There is always a sense of pride and acomplishment in the air when you are surrounded by a room full of Marines, they are happy, proud and ecstatic about what they have done, what they stand for, and the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with their fellow brothers about the good old days.

This is one of the best times of year as they celebrate another year of greatness and the beginning of the Toys for Tots Program. If you are looking for to do something good for the Marines and make a difference; consider thanking them for their service, donating to Toys for Tots, or even helping to make a special night better. You can start by looking for work at resorts, volunteer with family readiness officers to help plan and coordinate fundraising efforts, catering, babysitting, etc.

If you are looking for opportunities to  make a difference this season  and helping out a selfless group of warriors that put their lives on the line then check out this week’s Find Work Wednesday position and thousands of other position for military-affiliated
applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first three opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Opening with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. SR Assistant, Office/Program FT, Detrick Maryland 52532BR
  2. Facility Technician, Las Vegas, NV 53259BR
  3. Account Executive, Raleigh, NC 52241BR
  4. MarketingGreeter/Receptionist, Daytona, FL
  5. Catering Manager, JC Resorts, Temecula, CA
  6. Assurance Entertainment & Media Manager, PWC, Los Angeles, CA
  7. Reservations Agent, Destination Hotels & Resort, USA
  8. Quality Assurance Representative, Wyndham International, Las Vegas, NV
  9. BanquetStoreroom Clerk, Luxury Resorts & Hotels, Boca Raton, FL
  10. Slots/Beverage Service Supervisor, The Palazzo Resort, Bethlehem, PA

Find Work Wednesday – Starting Over Edition (Stepping Stone Careers)

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We recently changed cable providers.  This was my husband’s idea as, I suspect, he was tired of listening to me complain about how expensive our other provider was getting.  So, he signed us up for one of those “first customer introductory rates.” So far, I am not a fan.  While I was painfully aware of our previous provider’s inadequacies, at least, they were familiar inadequacies.  I had made friends with the remote control, memorized how to find my favorite channels and could, for the most part, find my way around the menu selections.   Now, I have to start all over again.

The reality of starting over hasn’t been completely unfamiliar to me in the last few years. Like so many, I lost my job a few years ago – a casualty of the economy and corporate politics at the upper echelons at the company I worked for 10 years.  The thought of having to start over in a new career or with a new company can be daunting.  In truth, it can be paralyzing.  We can become so overwhelmed with the “where do I begin” emotions of starting over that we don’t move forward at all.  It can be an intimidating thing when that ladder of success slips out from under you and you have to start climbing back up from the bottom again.

But, starting over also gives us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves…to wipe the slate clean and to ask that proverbial question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”  And, not just ask that question, but begin moving towards that goal whether that means
volunteering, going back to school or starting in an entry level position in a new career.

This week’s Find Work Wednesday focuses on our partnership with Convergys and their work from home program and call center programs.   Convergys offers entry level or call center opportunities, supporting many fortune 500 companies in a customer service, light sales or technical support in a “work from home” format or at various call centers located across the country.

While it’s not for everyone, a work from home option is a great opportunity for military spouses or anyone looking for the stability of a full time job but the flexibility of a career that can be boxed up and moved to various duty stations or based around the needs of a family at home.  The time and money saved on a daily commute, meals out and work wardrobe can be used for more important things in life.

The flexibility of working from home also means less interruption or hiccups in career advancement that often comes with frequent moves.  Your seniority, training and expertise moves with you.  Just because you may start in an “entry-level position”, that doesn’t mean you have to stay there.  Not only does Convergys allow employees the option of working in the comfort of their own home, they also offer opportunities for career advancement within Convergys and possibly beyond.

If you have this special niche and want to take on a real challenge check out this week’s Find Work Wednesday position and thousands of other position for military affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Opening with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

 

  1. CenterCustomer Service Assoc, FedEx,  Kansas City, MO 52685BR
  2. Center Customer Service Assoc, Denver, CO 52681BR
  3. Center Specialist, Chapel Hill, NC 52679BR
  4. Center Customer Service Coord, West Jordan, UT 52674BR
  5. Sales Customer Service Spec, San Diego, CA 52613BR
  6. Sales and Servie Rep II, Convergys, Valdosta, GA
  7. Manager, Operations-Call Center, Convergys, Denver, CO
  8. Cust Serv & Problem Res Rep I, Jacksonville, NC
  9. Insurance Sales Representative, Wichita, KS
  10. Cust Service & Sales Reps Now Hiring $10.00/hr, Chattanooga, TN

Find Work Wednesday – the Anarchy Edition

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Ahh, yes.  The time has come again.  The smells, sight and sounds are all around you.  No, I’m not talking about spiced cider, pumpkins, turning leaves, crisp fall days, or squirrels scurrying to gather nuts for the winter.

It’s the smell of the blood, sweat and tears of candidates in the throes of political ambition, competition, and desperation; the rustle of elected officials and their minions, scurrying through the hallowed halls of government, seeking political favor, casting blame and gathering ammunition to squash their competition.  Podiums across America are being dusted off and polished up, along with the images and reputations of many government leaders, to bear witness to a candidate’s credentials as he or she attempts to convince us why they should represent the voice of the people. Republican, Democrat, Independent, liberal, conservative, Green Party, Tea Party or any party in between, the start of the political and election season is underway.

As Americans gear up for another brutal (as much as we may wish it otherwise) election season, it is time once again to don the waders as we navigate our way through the political quagmire of campaign  speeches, political promises, baby kissing, lobbyists, fundraising, and lengthy debates.  I have caught up on all my old Army Wives episodes, cleared out my DVR, and am ready to fast forward my way through the next 14 months of political ads.

Whatever your political party of choice, there seems to be little doubt that come November 2012, the path to Washington D.C . (and let’s not forget our local legislators) promises to be littered with the unmet political aspirations, hopes and dreams of many a political career. As an act of public service, we felt that, for this edition of Find Work Wednesday, we would focus our attention on career opportunities for our politicians who may find themselves out of a job come November 2012.  We are making no predictions as to the future election turnout. But, if American sentiment is the same next year as it is today, we anticipate numerous politicians hitting the want ads.  Competition for jobs can be fierce, and, as we job seekers know, it’s never too early to get a head start.

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses, Veterans, and Military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first nine opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange.”

  1. Group X Instructor, 24 Hour Fitness, Los   Angeles, CA 51621BR
  2. Group X Instructor, 24 Hour Fitness, Colorado Springs 51622BR
  3. Personal Trainer I, 24 Hour Fitness, Phoenix,  AZ 51623BR
  4. Personal Trainer I, 24 Hour Fitness, Fort Worth,  TX 51624BR
  5. Project Assoc. Art Director, ESPN, Inc, Bristol,  CT 51625BR
  6. Talent Producer, ESPN, Inc, Bristol,  CT 51626BR
  7. Assistant Store Manager, Game Stop, Oceanside,  CA 51627BR
  8. Assistant Store Manager, Game Stop, Fayetteville, NC 51628BR
  9. Starbucks, Store Manager, locations nationwide 51394BR
  10.  VP Government Relations, Rolls Royce (Reston, VA)
  11. Executive Support Administrator-Vice Chair – TAS – New York Ernst & Young (New York, NY)
  12. Associate Director, MidEast Initiative DePaul University (USA)
  13. Government Affairs Associate GeoEye (USA)
  14. Communications Manager (Contractor) The Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC)
  15. Solyndra, Fremont, CA

Find Work Wednesday: The Bilingual Edition

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? ¿Habla usted español?  Parlez-vous français?  Parli italiano?  هل تتكلم العربية؟ Puhutko suomea?  Говорите ли вы русский язык?

Most of us who have grown up in the United States public school systems have been exposed to a foreign language or two before we graduate.  Even my preschooler has been exposed to limited Spanish phrases thanks to Dora, Diego and Handy Manny. But, for most of us who have not been raised in a bilingual family, we often lose or do not retain the languages that we are not regularly exposed to. But the ability to speak two or more languages definitely has its advantages to a job seeker.  Bilingual, trilingual or multilingual speakers are, ever increasingly, in high demand with employers across the
country.

We live in a global economy and a job seeker who can conduct business in a second language (or more) can definitely have an advantage over a monolingual speaker.  I work at a call center in Grand Rapids, MI.  (Not
especially known as an epicenter for cultural diversity.)  Our company, however, is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  We conduct
business with hoteliers and customers on 6 out of 7 continents.  (I don’t know of any hotels in Antarctica, but then again, I haven’t tried to visit!)

At any given time, we can be conducting business in as many as 30 languages from our office in Grand Rapids, MI. What a diverse, interesting, and unique office environment!  Keep in mind some employers will even reimburse for the programs to help you learn a new language.  So how far are you willing to go to get a pay raise or new job, would you learn a new language?

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses, military service members, and Veterans can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  Opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN” and searching for the reference number. Additional jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with the JobCentral National Labor exchange”.

Spanish

Bilingual Relay Associate, AT&T, Augusta, GA 51381BR

Bilingual Back Office Medical Assistant, Concentra, Houston,  TX 51383BR

At Work-Paramedic/PRN, Concentra Ft Lauderdale, FL 51384BR

Product Developer I, Nike, Portland, OR 51385BR

Part Time Data Collections Interviewer, Convergys, Erlanger, KY 51387BR

Bilingual Customer Service Rep, Convergys, Jacksonville,  FL 51389BR

Mandarin

Bilingual Store Manager, AT&T, Flushing, NY 51382BR

French

Part Time Data Collections Interviewer, Convergys, Erlanger,  KY 53188BR

German

Bilingual German Customer Service Resolution Rep, Convergys, Orem, UT 51386BR

JobCentral National Labor Exchange Positions: