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Mastering Behavioral Interview Questions: Tips for Impressing Employers

First impressions matter, and job interviews are no exception. Employers use interviews to assess your skills and fit for their organization, making it crucial to answer questions thoughtfully and strategically. One type of interview question you’re likely to encounter is the behavioral question, which asks you to describe how you’ve handled situations in the past.…

Lal Jones-Bey named Merit America’s inaugural CFO

Merit America, a national workforce development nonprofit, has announced the appointment of Lal Jones-Bey as its inaugural Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  In his new role as CFO, Jones-Bey will oversee all aspects of Merit America’s financial management, working closely with the finance team and board of directors. As a member of the executive team, he…

What is UX Design? Insight from a UX Designer

Are you curious about user experience (UX) design? We reached out to Dylan Greif, an experienced UX design expert, to learn more about the growing field. Here’s what he had to say. There are all kinds of designers. Fashion designers, game designers, graphic designers, balloon 🎈designers—even balloon emoji designers! An important kind of designer in…

Maximizing Your Job Search with Transferable Skills

Are you on the hunt for a new job? The pandemic has changed how employers assess candidates, and transferable skills have become more important than ever. In fact, 81% of employers believe we should prioritize skills over degrees. Studies show that the next era of work will be about skills rather than pedigree, and at…

Meet Merit America’s Newest Board Members

We are thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board, whose collective experience and expertise will help guide us on our path to generate $1 billion in wage gains by 2024. These individuals all have personal and professional interest in expanding opportunity and supporting alternative pathways to success. Our new Board members will be…

Merit America and OneTen Announce Partnership to Train and Hire Thousands of Black Workers for Remote Jobs in the Tech Industry

The coalition of employers, talent developers, and community organizations commits to hiring several thousand Merit America graduates into family-sustaining careers by 2024 WASHINGTON, May 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — OneTen, a coalition of business leaders committed to hiring, promoting, and advancing one million Black individuals who do not have four-year degrees into family-sustaining careers over the next 10…

UVA Analysis Finds Significant Wage Gains for Graduates of Merit America

Analysis from Dr. Ben Castleman finds $18,700 average annual wage increase for Merit America graduates, three or more months post-graduation. WASHINGTON, April 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Graduates of the nonprofit education provider Merit America saw an average annual wage increase of $18,700 three or more months post-graduation, according to a new analysis conducted by Dr. Ben Castleman, the Newton and Rita Meyers Associate Professor…

Google Launches Fund with Goal to Drive $1B in Aggregate Wage Gains for American Jobseekers

The Google Career Certificates Fund will support Social Finance and its nonprofit training partners, including Merit America Initiative will upskill and place thousands of Americans into well-paying jobs MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo together announced the launch of a $100 million Google Career Certificates Fund. Through…