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How Merit Opportunities Can Benefit the Cosmetology Industry

By Amanda Davis on July 7, 2020

Like many professions, cosmetology is an ever-changing field. With trends coming and going and techniques moving along with them, professionals need to be at the top of their game to keep up with client needs. Because of this, many are regularly looking for ways to learn more and stay stocked up with the latest products. Between searching for new training courses, beauty conventions, or school discounts and product offers, cosmetologists around the country have to put in major time and effort to find what they’re looking for. Often times great opportunities are missed if they aren’t searching at the right time or in the right place. 

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5 Virtual Interview Tips From Merit’s Talent Acquisition Team

By Talent Acquisition on July 6, 2020

It’s become clear that life won’t be going back to normal as soon as we’d hoped. With COVID-19 cases spiking all around the country and regressed city reopenings, it seems as though days in the office are a ways away. Because of this, searching for your next job will look a bit different. On-site interviews are now remote and virtual, and first-day jitters are happening in the comfort of your own home. 

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WorkNow Series | Part 3: System Maintenance & Accuracy

By Amanda Davis on July 2, 2020

Unsurprisingly, another obstacle comes as a result of the numerous old, complicated, and state-specific administering systems used around the country. System maintenance remains a difficult task as many local agencies build or buy their own tools and databases, requiring workforce departments to stay knowledgeable about and keep up with multiple systems. As for system accuracy, it is extremely difficult to update every single system of all minor and significant changes to any type of data, leading to inaccurate info when it’s needed.

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Effective Remote Pair Programming (Part 1)

By Michail Smith on June 29, 2020

Pair programming is a software development technique where two programmers work together at one workstation. It’s a great way to improve code quality, clear blockers, and share knowledge, and has been a tool we’ve used with great success at Merit. However, since we’re currently working from home, it’s become more difficult to use traditional pairing techniques and more important to consider why and how you’re actually pairing.

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Merit and Online CERT Academy Partner to Bring Opportunities to Students & Emergency Response Volunteers

By Amanda Davis on June 26, 2020

The volunteers of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have always been a welcome and respected hand to local first responders. Today they are even more vital in our fight to flatten the curve, but many students and volunteers-in-training are unsure of how to continue learning as in-person courses are no longer available. In an effort to support these community volunteers around the country and those who hope to become volunteers soon, Merit has partnered with the Online CERT Academy to provide online class suggestions to emergency response volunteers. These opportunities are set to be included in our latest Merit app feature, Merit Opportunities.

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WorkNow Series | Part 2: Important Data is Hard to Find and Even Harder to Take Action On

By Amanda Davis on June 16, 2020

Data powers workforce systems forward and provides workforce departments with actionable insight. Amongst this data is available labor and jobs, government-provided training, the numbers and stats of each of those, and so much more. But unfortunately, as a result of the (siloed) array of administering systems that differ state to state (and sometimes city to city) mentioned in Part 1, workforce data is often not available holistically. 

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WorkNow Series | Part 1: Disparate Systems are the Enemy of Efficiency

By Amanda Davis on June 5, 2020

March 2020 hit a record-breaking high for unemployment claims in the United States. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of unemployed persons rose from 1.4 million to 7.1 million according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another 5.2 million filed by mid-April. While millions of people continue to file every week, the workforce and unemployment departments are handling this drastic increase in system traffic. Many being overwhelmed by the demand as they deal with the immense number of administering systems and the different requirements that come along with each of them. That being the first of four points for improvement.

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How Merit Embraced a DevOps Culture

By Jason Schwerberg on June 2, 2020

In the last decade, there hasn't been a bigger or more misunderstood buzzword in the development and operations worlds than "DevOps." Countless companies have roles for "DevOps Engineers" and rarely does it mean the same thing for any two of them. In many companies, a DevOps engineer is not much more than a Linux system administrator who works alongside a development. In others, a DevOps engineer is just the fancy new title given to system administrators whose job doesn't really change much at all. For others, DevOps engineers are software developers or system operators who learn how to write runbooks for Puppet or Chef, and that becomes their job description—but none of these are really DevOps.

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Sibly and Merit Team Up to Support Medical Professionals Fighting COVID-19

By Amanda Davis on May 29, 2020

As medical professionals and volunteers fight on the frontlines of COVID-19, for many, their own mental health has been put on the backburner. In an effort to aid the medical response, Merit launched ReadyNow to provide digital licensing at no cost to state organizations, medical professionals, or anyone needing to verify credentials during the pandemic. Additionally, we’ve recently announced Merit Opportunities–a new feature in the Merit app that allows organizations to share opportunities such as networking events, promotional discounts, training to earn additional credentials, and so much more. Today we are excited to share that we have partnered with Sibly to provide one of our first offered opportunities to first responders that are managing their medical credentials in Merit!

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Unlock Your Highest Potential with Merit Opportunities

By Amanda Davis on May 27, 2020

Since mid-March, the country has been in a state of emergency. With this drastic declaration, millions have lost jobs, paused their education, and put a hold on anything that involves socializing in person or in public. At a time when a chance to take a positive step forward is what everyone needs, we are excited to introduce Merit Opportunities—a new feature that will lead you to a steady path of possibilities and help you find your next step.

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Merit and Credential Engine Partner to Expand Nationwide Credential Ecosystem

By Mike Murphy on May 12, 2020

 Integrating verified identity and credential registry platforms facilitates a transparent nationwide credential marketplace

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How to Showcase Your Offers with Merit Opportunities

By Amanda Davis on May 1, 2020

Since 2016, Merit has enabled thousands of organizations to issue merits to people. These merits span all kinds of achievements: awards, certifications, completed courses or classes, professional licenses, memberships, and even employment. 

Merit is now in a position where we are able to add more value to people’s Merit experience by surfacing relevant opportunities from organizations such as yours. Check out this post to find out more about our new feature, Merit Opportunities. Read on to learn how your organization can start creating and publishing them on Merit’s App. 

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