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Veterans Day: Remembering that Number

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24324_506457942804_1714822_nBy: SFC Josh Marquis (pictured)

As November approaches, we often look at the calendar in anticipation of that one day when most health food addicts suffer a significant emotional event.  But nestled quietly between the 10th and the 12th, annotated with neatly printed text, is another significant event known as “Veterans Day.”

“How’d that get there?” we often ask ourselves.

The celebration of November 11th dates back nearly 100 years.  President Wilson took to the national stage on November 11, 1919 to recognize the first anniversary of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations.  While honoring the brave men who perished during World War I, he referred to this day as “Armistice Day.”  It was celebrated as such for another 35 years before being renamed “Veterans Day” in 1954 after a World War II veteran named Raymond Weeks fought to expand the holiday.  His hopes were to not only honor those veterans who gave their lives for this great nation during World War I, but to celebrate all veterans.  On May 26, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill expanding the holiday which would later become known as “Veterans Day” during a Congressional amendment on June 1, 1954.

While “Memorial Day” recognizes those who made the ultimate sacrifice, “Veterans Day” recognizes all Veterans, both past and present, while still honoring all veterans who have passed away, regardless of cause.  But just how many people are we honoring?  According the U.S. Census Bureau (2011), even though 1.47 million veterans are serving on active duty at any given time, there are 21.5 million veterans in the United States today.  That’s just 7% of the population.  Dating back to June 14, 1775, some estimates show an astonishing 100 million people have served in the American military.

Wherever you may be on Monday, November 11, think of that number.  Whether you’re spending the day celebrating with a classic American barbeque, spending the day out with family, earning your next paycheck, or relaxing at home, remember that number.  Without that number, the United States may still be paying levies to the Queen; Europe may be in the hands of the Nazis; the United States may be dependent on the Japanese; Communism may rule the world; Saddam may be in control of the world’s oil; and the United States may have never gotten justice for September 11, 2001.

This Veterans Day, if you know a veteran, hug them, praise them, look them in the eye and shake their hand.  Whatever you do, thank them.  Remember that number because, without it, the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness may no longer be self-evident.

Read more Veteran stories in the Military Service Employment Journal at msej.info

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 Wednesday: Veteran Career Interests after Serving

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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

Find Work Wednesday – Get Paid for Stuff You Already DO Edition

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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
dinner.

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”.

  1. Software Engineer Generalist, Facebook, Seattle, WA52453BR
  2. DataCenterConstruction Manger, Facebook, Prineville, OR 52452BR
  3. Recruiting Coordinator-Contract, Facebook, Seattle, WA52451BR
  4. Strategist Market Solutions, Facebook, Los Angeles, CA 52450BR
  5. Manager Measurement Solutions, Facebook, Chicago, IL52449BR
  6. University Risk Operations Analyst, Facebook, Austin, TX 52448BR
  7. Sales Manager, Facebook, Atlanta, GA52447BR
  8. Account Manager, Facebook, Direct Sales, New York, NY 52446BR
  9. Mobile Apps Analyst, Facebook, Palo Alto, CA 52445BR
  10. Account Executive, LivingSocial, Raleigh, NC52241BR
  11. Social Media Specialist, Bader Rutter, Brookfield, WI 52240BR
  12. Sr Social Media Analyst, Bosch Automotive, Broadview, IL 52239BR
  13. Associate Media Director, Razorfish, Chicago, IL52195BR
  14. Director of Corporate Communications, EventBrite, San Francisco, CA 52191BR
  15. Event Evangelist, EventBrite, Atlanta, GA52188BR
  16. Computer Geek or Guru Gold Pure Food Products Inc., Co. (Hempstead, NY)
  17. Customer Engagement Manager, Atlanta Sears Holdings (Atlanta,GA)
  18. Web Editor Village Voice Media (Phoenix, AZ)
  19. Huffington Post News Editor, Trends AOL (New York City, NY)
  20. Local Editor, Cuyahoga Falls Patch AOL (Work From Home, OH)
  21. Social Media Representative (Call Center) Taylor Corporation (North Mankato, MN)
  22. Manager, Social Media Getty Images (USA)
  23. New Media Manager Americans for the Arts (Miami, FL)
  24. Social Customer Support Specialist eBay (San Jose, CA)
  25. Writer, Staff NMM (Multi-Media) Tribune (USA)
  26. Assistant Director for Communications and Student Engagement (Unclassified MSUAASF) MNSCU (Moorhead, MN)
  27. Blog Writer II Thomson Reuters (Eagan, MN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Find Work Wednesday: You Can Do What, Where?

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Traditionally when we think of working in an industry, we think of only the primary jobs involved with the specific industry.  In the banking industry for example,  you think of bank tellers, loan officers, stock brokers, financial advisors; you get the picture, right?  But in each industry you need a host of additional support to help that organization run, in banking you need IT to
keep the online banking system running smoothly.  So this week’s focus will be jobs not traditionally associated with that industry.

The purpose of this week’s find work Wednesday is to challenge job seekers to think outside of the box.  Sometimes when we want a specific position we only look in that industry and when it isn’t available we give up.  What if that position was available  somewhere else?  What if it just took a little extra research?  Would you feel like you gave up on your dream job to soon?

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 “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor
Exchange (NLX)”.

Search for Openings with MSCCN:

  1. Integration Systems Architect, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Virginia (49706BR)
  2. Information      Security Analyst, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Virginia (49707BR)
  3. Research  Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, California  (49708BR)
  4. Intermediate Data Warehouse Developer, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia (49709BR)

Search for Openings with NLX:

  1. Associate I – Environmental Services, Suburban  Hospital (Bethesda, MD)
  2. Patient Access Applications Trainer, Greater Baltimore Medical Center (Towson, MD)
  3. Teacher’s Assistant, Samaritan Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
  4. Teacher – Day Care, Samaritan Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
  5. Distribution Clerk, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Bel Air, MD)
  6. Maintenance Mechanic, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Bel Air, MD)

Find Work Wednesday: A New Addition Edition

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Today was an exciting day for MSCCN, we added a new Charter Member to our organization, DirectEmployers Association.  We first partnered in August of 2010 to revolutionize employment opportunities for military affiliated candidates.  The project has grown, surpassed our expectations and brought employment success to military families across the country.

In honor of our new addition, I thought we should highlight our first Charter Member, Concentra, Inc. a member of Humana and also a member of DirectEmployers Association.  Our organizations have come full circle and have one thing in common, WE CARE.  In honor of that I think that it is fitting to post care giving positions!

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 opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The additional job opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with DirectEmployers Association”.

  1. PRN Paramedic / LPN / RN, Concentra, Portland, OR, 48774BR
  2. Nurse, Concentra, St. Louis, MO, 48772BR
  3. Nurse, Concentra, Brookfield, WI, 48771BR
  4. Healthcare-Nurses/Medical Assistants, Concentra, Tulsa, OK, 48770BR
  5. PRN – Emergency Medical Technician, Concentra, St. Petersburg, FL, 48769BR
  6. PRN – Emergency Medical Technician, Concentra, Tampa,  FL,  48768BR
  7. NP/PA – Float, Concentra, Reno, NV, 48766BR
  8. NP/PA – Float, Concentra, Bakersfield, CA, 48765BR
  9. NP/PA – Float, Concentra, Fresno, CA, 48764BR
  10. Bilingual Nurse – LVN / Paramedic – Astrodome, Houston, TX, 48762BR