jobs for veterans
Interview with Kate Rubin, Vice President Social Responsibility (UnitedHealth Group)
By Amy Rossi, Editor and Kellie Gunderman, Assistant Editor (MSEJ)
The Military Service Employment Journal (MSEJ) recently had the opportunity to interview Ms. Kate Rubin of UnitedHealth Group (UHG) about the effects of volunteering on your health for our WorkLife Wellness section. Kate’s clear passion and sheer exuberance for helping others shines through in everything she does, which undoubtedly stems from her upbringing. She was raised to give back to the community and remembers taking gifts and meals to those who could not get out during the holidays. Today, her desire to not only give back, but educate others on the long-term benefits of volunteering is astounding.
For over three years, Kate has worked with UnitedHealth Group as a leader of the department of social responsibility. She has worked for big, medium and small companies and has lived all over the US, allowing her to empathize with the military lifestyle. Moreover, Kate is an avid supporter of the military, proudly devoted to her nephew who is serving as a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Jackson. “I’m just thrilled to talk to you about my passions and volunteering. This is a great thing that you are doing with the crossover between volunteering and work life.” When Kate was asked what she would say to someone who does not think they have the time to volunteer, her answer was simple: “You don’t have time not to volunteer!”
2013 Volunteering and Health Study
UnitedHealth Group, like many other large companies, chooses to support missions that closely align with their own. In their case, it is how to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities. And so, UnitedHealth Group began the “Doing Good Is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study.” UnitedHealth Group believes that, “To help people live healthier lives and modernize the health care system… it is necessary to be active and responsible citizens in our local communities and around the world.” They knew that volunteerism played a vital role in that mission, but they wanted to explore the idea that volunteering helps people feel healthier and helps employers as well.
Now that we know volunteering as an individual promotes an overall sense of wellbeing, how does it help companies? According to the 2013 Volunteering and Health Study, “If people are feeling healthier because they are volunteering, they will feel better at work as well.” This causes less stress in the workplace, allowing employees to focus on their work and interpersonal skills. Overall, volunteerism directly correlates to a positive impact on any company.
How does a company begin to encourage their employees to volunteer?
UnitedHealth Group seems to have the answer: 81% of their employees along with 96% of their executives volunteer in their local communities. This is more than double what most companies contribute as a whole. Last year alone, UHG documented 460,000 hours of volunteering. Kate Rubin suggests that companies should explore volunteer opportunities for their employees that relate to things that are important to them as a company. Then, set the focus. UnitedHealth Group does this by placing employees together into work teams and providing incentives. For example, in 2013 anyone who completes 30 hours of volunteering per year, receives $200 to donate to the charity of their choice. In 2014, that amount is set to increase to $500.
With families and careers, it is no wonder why employees may find it difficult to find the time to volunteer. However, UnitedHealth Group has solved this problem with an innovative online platform: micro volunteering. The program allows employees to set up a profile with their skills and interests so that virtual opportunities can be sent straight to their computers. Volunteering tasks range from accounting and logo design to translation projects; the opportunities are worldwide across 28 different countries. In as little as 15 minutes, their employees can give back, and if you still think families can get in the way, UnitedHealth Group recently announced their lead micro volunteering expert of 2013: A mother of five, from Colorado.
The Bottom Line:
When people think about wellness they tend to imagine the physical, but Kate Rubin believes, “it’s all about the balance between mental and physical… making sure there is time for work, exercise, friends and family. That balance is so critical.” In fact, Kate began her New Year’s Resolution early this year by making a commitment to get back into that balance and really focus on her own physical health. She ended our interview by telling the MSEJ, “It’s a journey. It’s not a destination. I fall down and get back up and try again.”
This article was originally published in the MSEJ. CASY-MSCCN would like to thank Kate Rubin and UnitedHealth Group for this wonderful contribution to the WorkLife Wellness section of the Military Service Employment Journal. United Health Foundation is a supporter of the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network and UnitedHealth Group has many strong connections with the military community, including focusing on increasing access and reduced healthcare costs. UnitedHealth Group also manages three million members of the military in the Tricare West region and was named one of the top 100 military friendly employers by GI Jobs in 2013.
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”.
- Convergys Home Agent Program, Customer Service, Anywhere, 60733BR
- Loss Prevention Specialist, Edmond, OK, 64382BR
- Center Customer Service Associate, Seattle, WA, 64356BR
- Outside Sales, Unit Parts Exchange (West Haven, CT)
- Temporary CNC Operator, Capewell Components Co., LLC (Cromwell, CT)
- Welder/Fabricator, Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. (Niagara Falls, NY)
- Billing Specialist, RPCN (Rochester, NY)
- Cook/Dietary Aide – Various Per Diem shifts – New Britain, Kindred Health (New Britain, CT)
- Dietary Aide – Various shifts – New Britain, CT, Kindred Health (New Britain, CT)
- Store manager – Fairfield, CT, Starbucks Coffee Company (Fairfield, CT)
- Store manager – Norwalk, CT, Starbucks Coffee Company (Norwalk, CT)
- 12. Mgr-Customer Service Center, Suburban Propane LP – SLP (Uncasville, CT)
- Case Manager, RN – Full Time – Kindred DeLima, Kindred Health (Henderson, NV)
Deb’s Dish on Work Life
“Don’t exaggerate your professional profiles on social networking sites because you’re much more interesting JUST the way you are! ” . . . Deb Kloeppel, CEO, MSCCN
Read Deb’s latest articles in Army Wife Network and Blue Star Families
November 11th is Veteran’s Day and in honor of all of those who have served we will be dedicating all Find Work Wednesdays in November to Veteran’s Jobs.
If most troops are like mine, they have a steady paycheck, a job they love, and no immediate plans to get out, so they have not given much thought to what they will be doing after they get out. When probed they probably say “I will worry about it when the time comes”. In this economy, you need a plan. First, think of what you want to do. Once you have an idea you can research job requirements needed, experience, education, and certifications. Veterans need know local resources to choose from to get help, who to contact, and how to use their military experience to add skills to their resume to achieve career goals in the civilian world.
A common occupation area chosen by Veterans is law enforcement, because it is similar to their military training, duties, etc. Some specific job titles veterans look at are: private contractors, physical fitness trainers, security officers, overseas contractors, recruiters, weapons experts, etc.
If you are a veteran and need some assistance with finding job postings check out this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions 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 Opening with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
1. Sr. Industrial Security Spec., Goleta, CA 525523BR
2. Assistant COMSEC Custodian, El Segundo, CA 52527BR
3. Engineer I/II, Newport, RI 52539BR
4. Tanker, North Carolina 52255BR
5. Van Regional/OTR, Illinois 52242BR
6. Security Officer, AlliedBarton Security Services, Milpitas, CA
7. Government Services Security Officer, AlliedBarton Security Services, San Francisco, CA
8. Radio Frequency Engineer, ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, OK
9. Correctional Officer, Corrections Corporation of America, Woodville, MS
10. Personal Trainer, World Health Club, USA
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”.
- CenterCustomer Service Assoc, FedEx, Kansas City, MO 52685BR
- Center Customer Service Assoc, Denver, CO 52681BR
- Center Specialist, Chapel Hill, NC 52679BR
- Center Customer Service Coord, West Jordan, UT 52674BR
- Sales Customer Service Spec, San Diego, CA 52613BR
- Sales and Servie Rep II, Convergys, Valdosta, GA
- Manager, Operations-Call Center, Convergys, Denver, CO
- Cust Serv & Problem Res Rep I, Jacksonville, NC
- Insurance Sales Representative, Wichita, KS
- Cust Service & Sales Reps Now Hiring $10.00/hr, Chattanooga, TN
Today, I have been tagged, poked, IM’ed, pinged, dinged, and friended. I have updated my status, tweeted, blogged, surfed, linkedIn, liked, Skyped and Googled. I think I even had the opportunity to “Digg” something but I have no idea what that means.
Do you ever stop to wonder what our forefathers would have thought of our culture today? If Mr. Merriam and Mr. Webster were alive today they might think they were plopped into a foreign country with some of the terms we use today. It’s a bit mind-boggling to think that in 250 years we’ve progressed from lanterns in windows (and I don’t mean the Microsoft kind) as a means of communication to being able to broadcast our thoughts, feelings, and emotions across the world in an instant from a hand held electronic device. After all, according to evolutionary theory, it took a few million years just for us to stand upright.
It can get a bit ridiculous, really. I mean, thanks to social media (a term that didn’t even exist 20 years ago), we can, in 144 characters or less, ponder life’s greatest mysteries, wish “Happy Birthday” to someone to whom we would ordinarily never remember to send a card, share celebrations, tragedies, and life’s funniest moments. But, unless you are offering to do my laundry or inviting me over for dinner, I don’t really need to know that you checked in at the local “Clean ‘N Suds” or making tacos for
And yet, we are hooked. They don’t call it a “Crackberry” for nothing. My husband just reminded me, I am the pot calling the kettle black. I have a minor panic attack whenever my iPod is out of arms reach. But, mostly, this is because if I can’t find
it, it means it is probably in the hands of a precocious 3 year old who is taking pictures of the carpet or dunking it in the toilet. It’s happened. Trust me.
Love it or hate it, social media, is here to stay. So, embrace it. As military families, where would we be without email, Skype, and instant messaging during times of long separations? We can also use it to our advantage to build networks, search for jobs, and highlight our skills and abilities. If you can’t beat it, join it. Knowing your way around the internet and the social media world will be an asset that many future employers are looking for. More and more, we can “find it on Facebook” or “follow it on Twitter” as companies are expanding their presence on social media sites to enhance and grow their business. They need people who know how to tweet, blog, post, poke, like, and youtube it. Why not you?
All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first fifteen 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”.
- Software Engineer Generalist, Facebook, Seattle, WA52453BR
- DataCenterConstruction Manger, Facebook, Prineville, OR 52452BR
- Recruiting Coordinator-Contract, Facebook, Seattle, WA52451BR
- Strategist Market Solutions, Facebook, Los Angeles, CA 52450BR
- Manager Measurement Solutions, Facebook, Chicago, IL52449BR
- University Risk Operations Analyst, Facebook, Austin, TX 52448BR
- Sales Manager, Facebook, Atlanta, GA52447BR
- Account Manager, Facebook, Direct Sales, New York, NY 52446BR
- Mobile Apps Analyst, Facebook, Palo Alto, CA 52445BR
- Account Executive, LivingSocial, Raleigh, NC52241BR
- Social Media Specialist, Bader Rutter, Brookfield, WI 52240BR
- Sr Social Media Analyst, Bosch Automotive, Broadview, IL 52239BR
- Associate Media Director, Razorfish, Chicago, IL52195BR
- Director of Corporate Communications, EventBrite, San Francisco, CA 52191BR
- Event Evangelist, EventBrite, Atlanta, GA52188BR
- Computer Geek or Guru Gold Pure Food Products Inc., Co. (Hempstead, NY)
- Customer Engagement Manager, Atlanta Sears Holdings (Atlanta,GA)
- Web Editor Village Voice Media (Phoenix, AZ)
- Huffington Post News Editor, Trends AOL (New York City, NY)
- Local Editor, Cuyahoga Falls Patch AOL (Work From Home, OH)
- Social Media Representative (Call Center) Taylor Corporation (North Mankato, MN)
- Manager, Social Media Getty Images (USA)
- New Media Manager Americans for the Arts (Miami, FL)
- Social Customer Support Specialist eBay (San Jose, CA)
- Writer, Staff NMM (Multi-Media) Tribune (USA)
- Assistant Director for Communications and Student Engagement (Unclassified MSUAASF) MNSCU (Moorhead, MN)
- Blog Writer II Thomson Reuters (Eagan, MN)
You might have read that a satellite recently fell from space. I did hear NASA was going to cut back on the space program, but letting satellites and space stations fall uncontrollably to earth is a little extreme. I was wondering if NASA is still hiring and do you have to be a rocket scientist to work there.
Like many kids I dreamed of being an astronaut and what earth would look like from a tiny medal capsule in space. I remember the day when everyone gathered in 6th grade common room to watch as a teacher was allowed to travel up to space as part of the crew. I also remember the collective gasps and the dead silence watching the shuttle explode. I remember that the teachers quickly turned off the television and ushered us back to our rooms in confusion.
Today, we have sophisticated technology once only dreamed of. So when all of the outrage occurred over the satellite falling and no one being able to predict where, I thought back to the classroom so long ago. How soon we forget how far our technology has come in the last 25 years! Where will we be in the next 25 years, maybe you will be part of the next breakthrough!
All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first four opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
- Opportunities for Disabled, Aerospace, Nationwide, 51892BR
- Intelligence Specialist, Aerospace, Huntsville, AL, 51891BR
- Director of Flight, Aerospace, Kern County, CA, 51890BR
- Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace, Santa Clara County, CA 51889BR
- Student Career Experience, Aerospace, Hampton, VA 51888BR
- Technical Project Manager, Aerospace, Hampton, VA 51887BR
- Proposal Manager BAE Systems (Sterling Heights, MI)
- Director, Proposal Operations BAE Systems (Sterling Heights, MI)
- Mechanical Engineering Intern- Junior Raytheon (Plano, TX)
- Systems Test – Systems Engineer I Raytheon (Tucson, AZ)
- Mechanical Engineering Intern-Sophomore Raytheon (Plano, TX)
- Mgr I Manufacturing Engrg Raytheon (Dallas, TX)
- Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Aurora, CO)
- Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Aurora, CO)
- Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Garland, TX)
- Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Garland, TX)