From the monthly archives: April 2012

The National Peace Corps Association, which supports Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, has launched a new website called the Next Step Job Finder for job searching Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and employers looking to hire them. Click here for the full story.

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There has always been a connection between Peace Corps Volunteer service and jobs, although until recently that connection has been underappreciated. The experience of 200,000 Volunteers provides compelling evidence that Peace Corps service helps individuals develop flexibility, empathy, cross-cultural and language skills, all of which are invaluable attributes for job-seekers in today’s highly dynamic global […]

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When office and school furniture manufacturer OFM wanted a way to make employees more efficient, it turned to its own resources for internal cross-training. Creating “OFM University,” the company began cross-training employees on such operations as accounting, inventory, graphics, and shipping. This reinvigorated workers and created a workforce prepared to take over […]

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Through the Young Farmers Idea Contest launched by the National Peace Corps Association, the African diaspora and volunteers alike are invited to share their ideas on new ways to engage youths in sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 18 through educational projects, community-building initiatives, and social programs, all centered around agriculture […]

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Last week, I received an e-mail from Alison Beckwith, a media relations executive with OFM, Inc., a furniture manufacturer based in Holly Springs, N.C. Alison had news of “OFM University,” an in-house effort to help cross train its employees in order to make the team more productive. Click here […]

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Implementing unique designs for each department helps serve varying job requirements, but also “dresses” the different subcultures within a company. “Within our business itself, our sales department needs a closed-door environment because they’re doing relationship building, and I want them to feel comfortable and able to speak to customers in a way that’s not looked […]

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