New Collar Jobs Redefining Labor Day

(NewsUSA) – Labor Day originated as a celebration of American workers, but for many Americans it has become a time for barbeques and sales to celebrate the end of summer. What has happened to the support for labor in America when longtime stalwart industries such as the automotive industry are experiencing a skills gap and workforce shortages?This Labor Day, parents sending their students back to school can use the opportunity to consider how the workforce in the United States is changing, and the variety of options their teenagers have as they look ahead to careers.In particular, changes in vehicle technology and the expansion of automation mean the advancement and evolution of the technician profession in the transportation industry.Jobs that might have typically been considered "blue collar" jobs (aka:mechanic), or jobs with less potential for responsibility and income, are now considered "new collar" jobs (aka: technician), where smart and talented individuals can find personal fulfillment and economic stability and success.For many young adults, a traditional four-year college education may not be the best fit or right path for individual success. Yet many families are unaware of the wide range of options, including technical education, or careers that don’t require a four-year degree.The TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission of championing students through their education into successful careers as professional technicians, has developed the "Because I am a Tech," promotion to educate teens and parents about the possibilities available in today’s economy.The campaign features real stories from technicians who found their niche and are enjoying real success in various aspects of the transportation industry."We are dispelling the myths around technical careers in the transportation industry and our campaign shows, firsthand, how real people are building rich and fulfilling lives," says Jennifer Maher, CEO of TechForce Foundation.In a video on its website, Leah Pritchett, a professional drag racer, recounts her observation of the "mechanical ballet" of the skilled technicians working on race cars under pressure, and how much satisfaction and success the racing team finds in their work.TechForce Foundation offers students and parents a roadmap to a successful career via its website, futuretechsuccess.org/map.The Test Drive a Career section of the site includes videos from students, parents, working technicians, and employers about the opportunities of technician careers.The site includes a FutureTech Resource Hub, connecting teens and parents to technical schools, certifications, internships, afterschool clubs and STEM programs starting in middle- and high school.In addition, a scholarships section guides students and families to opportunities to apply for financial assistance to pursue a technician career.Visit futuretechsuccess.org for more information about the potential and pathways to rewarding careers. 

MovoCash Embraces Culture of Community

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – These days, it can be hard to find a company that values its people – especially in the financial-tech industry, where employees feel like cogs in a machine, disconnected from their colleagues or customers.
MovoCash, Inc. (MOVO), unlike traditional financial institutions, is a payment platform that empowers people to convert their mobile phone into a digital bank in their pocket. What makes MOVO different are its core values and “The Filter,” a system that the company practices to build the culture and drive the organization.
For starters, MOVO’s corporate culture is one of inclusion. MOVO is broken into teams for each functional area, such as tech, support, administration and consumer operations, all for the purpose of serving its customer base – individuals unable to get a regular account at a traditional bank for any number of reasons.
MovoCash helps these individuals function in the economy as banked people, so they can work, take care of their families, and improve their lives.
Some of the corporate culture strategies that set MovoCash apart include:
– Equal time. The MOVO teams meet daily in a group called “the huddle.” During these meetings, each person is coached on how to apply agile development principals. Team members share with each other what they worked on the day before, what they are working on currently, and then communicate if they need any help.
“We say we’re ‘going into the bubble,'” one team member explains, “The bubble has rules which allows team members to explore ideas no matter how extreme. This is a time for robust dialog where the team shares their perspective and comes to a consensus on topics that enhance the productivity of the overall team.”
– Equal effort. Eric Solis, the CEO, establishes the strategic direction and short and long-term goals and maintains overall responsibility for execution, but the company leadership and teams are trusted to work together and support each other to carry them all out. All MOVO users, team members, strategic partners, and vendors become a part of the MOVO family. The tightly-knit company works together to achieve its goals and then takes every opportunity to celebrate in team victories, especially when they succeed at providing customers the best possible experience and the feeling of independence that comes with financial inclusion.
– Equal empowerment. The MOVO culture is designed to make customers feel empowered, regardless of their past financial history or current status.
MOVO enables users to make direct deposits from an employer, Facebook, PayPal, Venmo, and others. You can also make peer-to-peer payments similar to the way traditional banks use Zelle.
“Our goal is to deliver powerful ways for you to access and interact with your money in an increasingly mobile world,” says Solis. “Our team stands behind these words.” Central to the MOVO mission is the promise to its customers and its passion to see them thrive.
For more information about MOVO and to download its app, visit www.movo.cash.

2017 Holiday Hiring Could Be a Boon for Seasonal Workers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Let the holiday hiring season begin.
Early forecasts anticipate a pretty holly, jolly Christmas for retailers, with total sales expected to grow as much as 4.5 percent as opposed to last year’s 3.6 percent. To help get them across the finish line, according to the National Retail Federation, a whopping 500,000 to 550,000 seasonal workers -; more than the population of Sacramento, California -; will need to be hired.
And while some companies are making it more attractive than ever to come aboard, there’s still some forces at work that applicants need to be aware of:
* The economy isn’t necessarily your friend. Rather than bringing in hordes of new temps as in the past to do everything from wait on customers to gift wrap presents, some employers like Walmart are instead at least mainly opting to offer existing workers extra hours. “Part of the reason is that there just aren’t as many people looking for work this year,” CNNMoney.com reports. “Unemployment fell to a 16-year-low of 4.2 percent in September, considered to be pretty much full employment by most economists.”
* Except when it is your friend. Because there are fewer people out of work -; heck, even the number of part-time workers who’d prefer full-time gigs has fallen by nearly 250,000 in the last year -; some of the incentives being dangled to lure qualified applicants are pretty impressive.
One of the most intriguing offers comes from UPS (UPS.Jobs.com), currently in the midst of a major push to fill about 95,000 full- and part-time jobs -; primarily as package handlers, drivers, and driver-helpers. The company already has a reputation for providing such seasonal temps what it calls “a road to permanent employment” (more on that in a second). And that’s on top of inducements including flexible hours across multiple shifts and -; are you ready? -; as much as $25,000 in tuition assistance for permanent part-time college students through its Earn and Learn program.
“If you are a student, a working mom, or just looking to make extra money for the holidays, we have a job for you,” says CEO David Abney.
* The 800-pound gorilla. Aside from some island castaway, who isn’t buying online these days? And with internet sales predicted to rise 18 to 21 percent over last year, not only does someone have to deliver those packages (see UPS above), but stores like Macy’s will be needing bodies for their fulfillment centers and online customer service.
So what are the odds of those 500,000-plus temp gigs turning into something more lasting?
Well, as Benjamin Franklin once opined, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. But UPS, for example, does say that 35 percent of those hired for seasonal package handler jobs over the past three years subsequently landed permanent positions, and that even its permanent part-time employees qualify for healthcare and retirement benefits.
Case in point of how the package delivery company makes it possible to rise through the ranks: Jackie Nicholas, who started out years ago as a temp and who’s now a full-time recruiter in Kentucky.
“As a mother, the great pay and benefits have been critical for my family, and so has the flexibility,” says Nicholas, recalling how she used to work the night shift when her two kids were young so that she could be with them for things like school field trips.
Oh, and her husband and both her sons now also work for UPS.

Employees ‘Uninspired’ To Do Health Homework

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – How do American workers really feel about researching their health care benefits options?

Not surprisingly, the sentiment of wanting to do almost anything but take time to review benefits options seems to be a timeless classic. The Aflac WorkForces Report found that people simply are not motivated to commit time or energy to completing their annual benefits enrollment. In fact, most would rather avoid what they consider an unpleasant experience, and some would rather do just about anything else. And, when it comes to selecting insurance, many Americans are on autopilot and reliant on the advice of others.

PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability Across College Campuses

(NewsUSA) – For the second year, PepsiCo is going beyond store shelves to make a real difference on college and university campuses by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.The Zero Impact Fund (ZIF), which launched in August 2016, provides cash prizes for college and university sustainability projects related to energy, waste or water that aim to achieve long-term environmental, economic and social impacts.In its first year, ZIF awarded cash prizes to eight schools chosen from more than 40 applications. Awarded proposals from last year included campus bike share, composting and solar energy programs. Now in its second year, the program is planning to significantly increase the amount of funding available in order to make an impact on more campuses.PepsiCo Recycling encourages students (with the help of a professor or school administrator), staff and faculty to submit their ideas for campus sustainability and zero-impact initiatives. Application submissions are open September 19 through December 19, 2017. Click here to apply.Proposals will be evaluated by a PepsiCo Recycling committee, which will consider factors such as environmental and social impact, longevity, ingenuity, desirability and feasibility.Protecting the planet is a key pillar of PepsiCo’s "Performance with Purpose" agenda. PepsiCo Recycling is an initiative that brings this mission to life with the goal of helping increase the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to a significantly higher level.PepsiCo Recycling drives this impact by offering recycling programming and solutions for colleges and universities and K-12 schools and by making recycling convenient for communities. Since 2010, more than 100 colleges and universities have partnered with PepsiCo Recycling on sustainability programs.For more information about how PepsiCo’s Zero Impact Fund can improve sustainability on college campuses, or to apply, visit: PepsiCoRecycling.com

Fire Departments Look to Community for Volunteers

(NewsUSA) – Fire departments across the country rely on the service of dedicated volunteers, but department membership rosters may not always reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.Many departments are now looking to expand their ranks while increasing the diversity of their personnel. Research conducted by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) — the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS personnel and rescue workers — found that there is significant interest in serving by audiences currently under-represented in the fire service, including millennials, women and minority populations. The research showed that the level of interest in volunteering did not vary significantly between women and men, and that minority populations exhibited as much, if not more, interest than their white counterparts.One obstacle to volunteering, however, is awareness.The NVFC research showed that 79 percent of people do not know if their local fire department needs volunteers. The NVFC hopes to help departments expand their reach by encouraging more members of the community to volunteer through its Make Me A Firefighter recruitment campaign. The campaign helps departments fine-tune their recruitment efforts to appeal to a broader range of individuals."The campaign not only facilitates connections between departments and prospective volunteers, but it specifically helps departments reach under-represented groups such as minorities, women, and young adults," says Juan Bonilla, fire chief and vice chair of the NVFC’s recruitment and retention committee."Anyone can be a firefighter. We come from all ages, genders, backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. It is our goal to reach more of the community to increase awareness of the volunteer opportunities available," he says.Volunteers make up 70 percent of the fire service, but many departments are struggling to meet staffing needs. Call volume has tripled over the past 30 years as departments respond to a growing range of emergencies that include fires, emergency medical incidents, hazardous materials response, search and rescue, terrorist threats, natural disasters, and other public service calls. Volunteers also provide additional services to their communities, such as fire prevention and life safety education.Fire service volunteers play a crucial role in the protection and safety of U.S. communities. One third of the U.S. population relies on the volunteer emergency services to be their first line of defense in emergencies. In addition, volunteers save localities across the country an estimated $139.8 billion annually.Departments can use the Make Me A Firefighter campaign to create recruitment materials, manage the recruiting process and post their opportunities in a national volunteer database.Individuals interested in volunteering in the fire service can visit www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org to find a local volunteer opportunity and connect with a department."Our country relies on the dedication and service of over one million volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and rescue workers to protect our communities," says NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn."It takes commitment and dedication to be a volunteer responder, but the rewards are overwhelming. We invite all who may be interested to visit the website at www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org to learn more about the fire service, what it means to join the fire service family and what opportunities are available in your community." 

Forget Politics! Together We Can Save Our Climate!

(NewsUSA) – Global interest in socially conscious, eco-friendly products has exploded over the last two decades. Now it extends not only to paper and packaging, but to high-end sectors such as clothing and home goods.Enter the REKOOP collection, a line of bedding products made of recycled material, including sheets, pillowcases, and pillow shams, made its debut in the spring of 2018 at Home Fashions Week in New York.REKOOP was launched by GHCL Limited, an India-based textile company, to appeal to consumers seeking socially responsible home goods that are comfortable and functional as well. Market data suggest that Millennial shoppers in particular want to know the origins and environmental impact of the products they purchase."With all things being equal or even nearly equal, consumer preferences today will be skewed towards products that are eco-friendly and recyclable," says Manu Kapur, president and CEO of GHCL Home Textiles."Consumers will continue to support and buy products like REKOOP that are good for the environment with the understanding that the materials used to make those products are renewable, re-useable and recyclable," he says.The REKOOP collection contains the most eco-friendly recycled PET fiber called "Recron Green Gold," which is manufactured by the Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited, from post-consumer PET bottles. The REKOOP manufacturing process results in fewer greenhouse gases and a smaller carbon footprint than the production of traditional polyester bedding. Recycling the PET also reduces landfill space and crude oil consumption.The recycled material used in REKOOP is source-verified thanks to unique technology from Applied DNA Sciences in Stony Brook, New York, a company that uses a platform known as CertainT to embed molecular tags in fibers, PET fibers in this case, so that they can be traced throughout the fabric manufacturing process."Many raw materials look the same, so it’s a big advantage to have your own molecular tag on your product and have it verified through forensic testing and tracking," says MeiLin Wan, vice president, textile sales at Applied DNA Science.GHCL is one of India’s leading home textile makers, and handles the full manufacturing process for REKOOP, starting with spinning the fiber to be used in the products, followed by weaving, dyeing, and printing the finished sheets, duvets, and other items for export to countries globally.The company received the Golden Peacock Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance in 2017 and for National Quality in 2018. It has also been recognized as India’s 67th "Great Place to Work" across sectors in 2018.For more information on the REKOOP collection, visit https://rekoop.pet/.

Financial Tips for Grads Considering Their First Job

(NewsUSA) – Perhaps the best financial advice for newly minted college grads? At least eight factors — not just salary — should be considered before deciding which job offer to accept. Will your prospective boss match your 401(k) plan contributions, for example? And what about if you’re considering relocating? Just because some firm in Arlington, Virginia — rated the best city for recent grads in one survey — is dangling a higher paycheck than one elsewhere, doesn’t necessarily make it right for you, given the Washington, D.C., suburb’s high cost of living. A new online Job Offer Evaluator tool from Fidelity Investments, which considers all factors, can help calculate the right decision for you. See the infographic’s full-sized image here. 

The Benefits of A Flexible Work Schedule

 

(NewsUSA) – Within the past two decades, job opportunities that offer telecommuting options have quadrupled, and as technology advances, that number will continue to grow.

Besides having more time to manage personal and family obligations, research shows that telecommuting also boosts productivity and reduces stress.

If the thought of having flexible work hours sounds appealing, becoming a benefits advisor may be the answer.

Learn more at www.aflac.com/agent

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Tristar Praises Trump, EXIM Bank for Creating Jobs

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A small Virginia business that will help create manufacturing jobs in U.S and energy development in Ethiopia praised President Trump for his support of the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the US as a job-creating and export tool.
“Thanks to President Trump for his support of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. We are on track to create a 1,200 megawatt wind energy project in Ethiopia that is expected to create up to 5,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs producing turbines for export,” says Paul Delkaso, President and CEO of Tristar and Tritente Global Energy Group.
“EXIM is not just about help-ing large companies like Boeing” Delkaso adds. “It is all about help-ing small- and mid-sized U.S. firms, making America Great Again and bringing security, eco-nomic development and jobs to the African continent.”
“Exporting American electricity technology will create jobs in the U.S. while demonstrating American leadership in a growing market. Electricity will generate jobs, and improve security and healthcare while stimulating benign economic development.”
Tristar and its sister company, Tritente Global Energy Group, is working with Détente Group of Virginia, EXIM Bank and leaders in Africa to bring energy security to Africa, where 620 million people lack electricity.
“Every industrialized country has an EXIM-type of program to stimulate exports,” says Brien Morgan, Managing Partner of Détente Group, which has been working with Tristar and the US EXIM Bank to finalize funding.
“Under President Trump’s Administration and Rep. Scott Garrett’s leadership, Détente looks forward to working with an invigorated US EXIM Bank to deploy its Ethiopian wind farm project along with other US high-tech job-creating projects.”
The Hon. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, met with the Tritente Global Energy Group team and says that, “Africa is undergoing a sustained period of economic growth and transformation. In order to be sustained, this growth will need to be fueled by a massive investment in energy.”
“The vision of Tristar and Tritente Global Energy Group in sub-Saharan Africa must be supported and admirable,” adds Mwencha.
Tristar is also working with several African nations on a new round of infrastructure projects, including rail, port and clean coal, Delkaso says.
However, the EXIM support of Detente’s $3.6 billion is the best way to create U.S. manufacturing jobs and to boost exports.