How Learning New Skills Can Help Make You Recession-Proof

Ed Sattar Given the magnitude of this recession, with millions of people jobless across the world, you need to differentiate yourself to survive this crisis. What can you do to find a new job in case you are laid off, or how can you switch careers and settle into a new industry to become recession-proof? Although business leaders and communities …

Faithsocial Brings Together the Worldwide Christian Community With Creation of an Online Social Media Digital Platform

Multi-faceted, free social media platform embraces technology, enabling Christians across the world to communicate, connect, socialize, and enjoy entertainment FaithSocial is announcing the launch of its robust social media platform that features multimedia content to connect the world’s Christian community. Christians across the world can come together digitally to share their faith, hope and messages of encouragement. With the uncertainty of traditional …

‘Mattress Mack,’ Fort Bend County community leaders launch initiative to address unemployment

Claire Goodman Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, has created an employment resource center to help the jobless find meaningful employment in Fort Bend County. Joining his endeavor is a task force comprised of local leaders and philanthropies including Fort Bend County Judge KP George, Fort Bend County Precinct Four Commissioner Ken DeMerchant, Dr. Connie Almeida, director of …

Walmart Expands Education Program for Associates, Aligns Live Better U Program to Future of Work with Additions of Skilled Trades and Digital Programs

Jami Lamontagne BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Even before the current economic climate, Walmart’s response to an economy going through a technology-fueled transformation with evolving consumer habits has been focused on investing in associates. Over the last few months, Walmart has committed to invest almost $1 billion in U.S. associate bonuses and today announced the expansion of Live Better U (LBU) education benefits …

Early Christians showed hope and courage in unsettled times

Kevin Zeller International (MNN) — Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage in the 3rd century, faced social unrest, political challenges, and plague, navigating it all with the wisdom and hope of Christ. If your life feels unsettled in 2020, early Christians in North Africa faced similar struggles. Denise Godwin of International Media Ministries (IMM) points to Cyprian, who was a Bishop of Carthage in …

Amanda McMillian takes helm at United Way of Greater Houston at dire time

Katherine Feser Amanda McMillian jumped right into her new role as president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Houston on May 1. McMillian, who most recently served as executive vice president and general counsel of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. prior to the company being purchased by Occidental Petroleum, oversaw the publicly traded exploration and production company’s legal, human resources, …

Success in the next normal starts with employee education and reskilling

What can businesses do to best position themselves in a digital economy post COVID-19 pandemic? Employee education and reskilling is arguably the most critical success factor in the Next Normal. Vala Afshar The first time I met Adam Rauh was earlier this year at the 2020 National Retail Federation (NRF) in New York. Adam is a lead solutions engineer at Tableau, a Salesforce company, and was at …

Houston teen uses chore money to help hundreds of needy families

HOUSTON, Texas — Food pantries and non-profit organizations have been working around the clock to help families, and one kid wanted to do his part. Kyle Garvis, an 8th grader from Houston, Texas, started helping Kids’ Meals Houston through his basketball team. The organization gets food to children who need it the most. But when the pandemic began, Kyle learned …

Survey: The jobs of at least 35% of Houston workers have been impacted by COVID-19

Gabriela Sánchez-Soto Many have lost jobs and many more have seen pay and hours cut during the pandemic. Industries that have been able to transition to work-from-home have been some of the least impacted. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has upended life in most of the country, and as cities and states issue social distancing and stay-at-home orders, millions of Americans have …

Do Unto the Least of These? There’s a Wait List for That.

How one New York City food ministry is thriving, even behind masks. Rita Omokha The line that forms Saturday mornings outside The Father’s Heart Ministries stretches farther than it used to—in part because of a rising number of first-time guests at the soup kitchen in Manhattan’s East Village, and in part because masked patrons stand safely distant from one another. …

Reopening U.S. economy will mean creating all kinds of new jobs

Jeff Green and Steve Matthews, Bloomberg Thermal scanners in Utah and Maryland. Contact tracers in San Francisco. Decontamination technicians in Miami. Meet the people needed to keep the post-Covid-19 economy running. In the wake of a pandemic that’s put millions of Americans out of work, a new crop of jobs is emerging. Companies racing to get back to business are …

How one BSA council is addressing the skilled-trades shortage

Mark Ray If St. Louis were building its famed Gateway Arch today, it might have trouble finding enough skilled tradespeople to finish the job. According to the State of the St. Louis Workforce 2017 report, nearly 60% of companies that hire workers in the skilled trades say they can’t find enough people with the skills they need. That’s not surprising, …

Guild Education partners with Walmart and other employers on reskilling program

Amanda Schiavo Guild Education, an organization that partners with employers to help offer education benefits to workers, is aiding displaced workers through a new retraining plan. Employers who enroll in its Next Chapter program can provide laid-off or furloughed workers with access to reskilling programs, as well as hands-on coaching as they navigate toward growing industries, such as tech, healthcare, …

5 Tips For Explaining Gaps In Your Employment History

Kourtney Whitehead, Senior Contributor There’s a misconception that it’s a red flag to recruiters if they see breaks in employment on a résumé. Job seekers tend to assume that companies prefer candidates with work experience that seamlessly flows from one employer to the next; many people worry about how to explain common occurrences such as being laid off, quitting a …

5 Real-Life Lessons in ‘Virtual Shepherding’ through Crises

Scott Ventrella – Author, Speaker As an adjunct professor with 25 years teaching experience in a “live” classroom setting, I’ve had to very quickly shift to virtual teaching; of course, I’m not alone in this. It was anything but a smooth transition. In addition to having to repurpose curriculum, I had to learn technology such as Zoom and WebX. This …

Coronavirus could revolutionize work opportunities for people with disabilities

Lisa Shur, Rutgers University (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Lisa Schur, Rutgers University and Douglas L. Kruse, Rutgers University (THE CONVERSATION) Working from home has become the “new normal” for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this clearly has its downsides, one group in particular may benefit …