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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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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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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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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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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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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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