Grant Strengthens Goodwill® Virtual Career Services

             Grant Strengthens Goodwill® Virtual Career Services

PR Newswire

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 22, 2013

QBE Foundation Pledges to Support the Growth of Goodwill's Online Career

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill Industries
International will expand its virtual career services, including virtual
career mentoring, for people looking to climb the career ladder and advance in
their careers. Through a $50,000 grant from the QBE Foundation, Goodwill^®
will grow its online career services and strengthen its GoodProspects online
career exploration community. In addition, Goodwill plans to increase the
number of users and virtual mentors on its GoodProspects website. Goodwill
Industries International and the QBE Foundation have a shared mission of
helping people capitalize on their abilities and work to their fullest


According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 56 percent of adult
internet users looked online for information about jobs. Computer and
web-based job search and career development are crucial for today's job
seeker. GoodProspects is a free online career community which helps entry- and
mid-level job seekers explore careers in high-growth industries. Since its
launch in 2010, GoodProspects has connected more than 14,000 people with
online services to help them navigate their careers.

Adults can visit to network and engage in
online conversations with their peers and career professionals about building
their careers. Users can also sign up for free online mentoring with career
coaches and experienced professionals, and upload their resumes for critique.
Job seekers can take advantage of the site's job-related blog content, videos
and webinars by Goodwill and external subject-matter experts. The site is
accessible via any smart phone.

"Many job seekers keep busy schedules, making Goodwill's online career
services – such as virtual career mentoring – a great fit for their
lifestyles," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries
International. "Online career services are an extension of what Goodwill has
been doing for more than 110 years, and our goal is to provide these virtual
services for people looking to advance their careers and build a brighter

Since 1902, Goodwill has helped people who face challenges to finding
employment. Goodwill provides services to people with disabilities, those who
lack education or work experience, and others facing disadvantages, to find
jobs, earn paychecks, and live independently. In 2011, Goodwill provided
career and community services to 4.2 million people. Goodwill's mission of
helping people find jobs and build their careers aligns with the QBE
Foundation's vision of helping people develop their professional skills so
they can be successful in the workplace.

"Goodwill helps millions of people each year with job training and
community-based services, many of whom need extra assistance to overcome
disadvantages to finding work," said Dean Harring, QBE Foundation Chair. "We
are proud that our investment will be used to grow virtual career resources,
including GoodProspects which supports our goal of providing vocational
opportunities to people around the world."

The QBE Foundation funds charities that support individuals and groups seeking
to live more independently, successfully and productively. This support can be
provided through educational programs, work opportunities and work-ready
initiatives. QBE is investing $5 million each year for at least the next five
years to support vocational opportunities globally. In addition to Goodwill,
the QBE Foundation is funding projects with the following nonprofit
organizations: Autism Speaks, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Covenant House,
Doctors without Borders, Dress for Success, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer
International, KIVA, National MS Society, Smile Train, Teach for America,
United Way of Dane County in Wisconsin, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

As the need for online career services continues to grow, GoodProspects will
look to help users across the country and around the world build professional
networks to increase their employment skills. In addition, Goodwill also plans
to develop partnerships with adult education programs, libraries and other
nonprofit organizations and train local Goodwill professionals on virtual
career and employment development.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based,
independent agencies in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13
other countries. Goodwill is one of the top 25 most inspiring companies
(Forbes, 2012). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social
enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and
other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items
in more than 2,700 stores and online at Local Goodwill
agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and
government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging
and assembly, food service preparation and document imaging and shredding. In
2011, more than 4.2 million people in the United States and Canada benefited
from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues
directly into its programs and services. To find your local Goodwill, use the
online locator at or call (800) GOODWILL. Find us on
Facebook: GoodwillIntl or follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl

About QBE
QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the top 20
insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE Insurance Group's 2011 results can be
found at Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out
of 52 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance
market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts
business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE
insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by
Standard & Poor's.

SOURCE Goodwill Industries International

Contact: Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Director of Public Relations, Goodwill
Industries International, +1-240-333-5266,, Paula
M. Symons, APR, Communications Consultant, Marketing and Communications, QBE
North America, +1-608-825-5029,
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