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A Single Destination for Real Estate Professionals to See Available Opportunities

By Amanda Davis on August 3, 2020

Brokers and salespersons in the real estate field earn numerous licenses and credentials during their careers. However, finding those required education courses for license renewal, along with other networking events and opportunities is a hassle on its own. With Merit Opportunities, each of these is showcased to qualified real estate professionals on a single platform.

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Digital vs. Paper Licenses: Why Digital Wins Every Time

By Amanda Davis on July 30, 2020

Everyone has experienced the moment of going through a cluttered file cabinet or an unorganized wallet looking for one important document that was tucked away. When we experience things like this, there is one thing we can all agree on: our licenses, membership cards, certifications, and records should not be a hassle to find or verify when needed. Even if you’re required to showcase your professional license in your place of work, how are you to show it when you’re on the road or practicing in a temporary place (like during Shelter-in-Place orders)? What if you need to validate a membership with a card and a form of ID but misplaced one of them? What about when the expiration date of your certification needs to be verified ASAP, but you don’t have your paperwork on-hand? These are just some of the limitations of having paper credentials and restricting occupational licensing laws.

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How Architects Can Learn, Earn, and Experience More With Merit Opportunities

By Amanda Davis on July 27, 2020

In the field of architecture, it’s rare that professionals are able to find every resource they need and every available career opportunity all in one, easily-accessible place. Some opportunities, like an entry in this year’s Design Awards or new virtual continuing education (CE) courses may have gone unseen by architects because of a lack of exposure — especially for those not a part of organizations like the American Institute of Architects (AIA). These different opportunities are usually found in a variety of places, making it complicated to keep up with what’s available. ‘Opportunities’ is Merit’s latest app feature that addresses and mends this ongoing challenge for architects.

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WorkNow Series | Part 4: The Unemployment Rate Has Skyrocketed

By Amanda Davis on July 21, 2020

Workforce departments have always faced issues, from minute to major, on a daily basis—even before the coronavirus pandemic struck. However, the declaration of national emergency in March has led to millions of lay-offs around the country, and a record-breaking unemployment rate that has left workforce departments and systems overwhelmed. 

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Occupational Licensing in a Post COVID-19 World

By Karin Vertefeuille on July 15, 2020

COVID-19 has shed light on many areas that are in need of improvement. The necessary expansion of occupational licensing to universal licensing reciprocity became evident in the struggles of healthcare workers who wanted to extend a hand where COVID-19 cases were high, and states scrambling to pass temporary laws that allow them to do so. Many began asking why these policies weren’t already prepared or in action, with the belief that this could have prevented hospitals and emergency responders from being overwhelmed in the early months of the virus. Occupational licensing simply allows licensees to practice where their credential was earned, which is not enough in national emergencies.

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Camp Merit: How We Planned A Virtual Camp

By People Operations (POPs) on July 13, 2020

It’s a Merit tradition to host an annual camping trip for our employees. With COVID-19 cases still rising around the country, it seemed like having a typical camp experience wasn’t possible this year. However, we weren’t ready to give up without a fight! We understood that camp had to look a little different if it was to continue this year, so the People Operations (POPs) team got to work on planning what would be our first ever VIRTUAL CAMP! Instead of our usual full weekend trip (and an extra-long bus ride), it was condensed into a one-day event on a Monday so that our employees could enjoy a much needed day off.

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Effective Remote Pair Programming (Part 2)

By Michail Smith on July 10, 2020

After honing in on the basics of what makes a usual pair programming session run smoothly (as mentioned in Part 1), you’ll need the right tools to make it work remotely. There are a few factors in ensuring communication is strong so that you and your partner can focus on delivering a great product instead of constant technical difficulties. 

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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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