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myHR: January 2, 2013

The Secret to Crafting a Top-Notch Resume

In today’s competitive job market, a powerful resume is more important than ever. So how do you give yours a makeover? We’ll tell you!

Join us on January 25 to learn the ins and outs of Building a Great Resume. You‘ll learn how to turn your resume into a powerful career tool. Get tips on how to organize information, highlight important details, and describe your professional accomplishments and experience. You’ll also discover techniques to help you market yourself for future opportunities.

You’re welcome to bring a lunch to this free workshop. Click here for complete details and to register.


Ease into Retirement

The start of a new year is the perfect time to make plans for your future. Maybe you’ve been toying with the idea of retiring but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the plunge. Well we can help you ease in so you don’t have to make the leap all at once.

Penn’s Phased Staff Retirement Program allows eligible staff members to cut back on your workload while still being employed with benefits. You’ll work reduced hours, but you’ll continue to enjoy the same benefits that you receive as a full-time staff member. You can maintain your reduced schedule for up to two years before officially retiring.

In order to participate in Phased Retirement, you must meet the Rule of 75. Your participation also depends on the business needs of your department.

Keep in mind that benefits based on your salary—like the Tax-Deferred Retirement Plan and life insurance—will be based on your reduced salary. For more information, click here.


Dodge Disease with Free Preventive Care

Over 1 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and about 600,000 people die of heart disease every year. While these statistics are sobering, the good news is that many preventive screenings can help detect and treat deadly diseases before they develop. And Penn’s medical plans make it easier than ever to do just that.

All of the University’s medical plans provide 100% coverage for preventive care services when you use in-network health care providers. That means you get the health care you need without being charged a copay or coinsurance. You can receive the following services at no cost to you:

  • Routine physicals
  • Routine eye exams
  • Routine hearing screenings
  • Annual GYN exam/Pap smear
  • Mammography

If you’re covering a dependent child on your medical plan, you’ll also receive pediatric immunizations for free.

For more information on Penn’s medical plans, and to view a summary of benefits for your medical plan, click here.


When Life Changes, So Can Your Benefits

Major life events can happen at any time. Maybe you recently got married or gave birth to a new child. Or your spouse or domestic partner lost his or her job. Whatever the case may be, you need to know how certain life events can affect your healthcare benefits.

A change in your family or employment status means you could be eligible to make changes to your benefit elections outside of Open Enrollment (which is generally held in mid-April). Qualifying life events include:

  • the birth or adoption of a child
  • marriage or domestic partnership
  • divorce or separation
  • death of a dependent
  • a change in your dependent’s eligibility for benefits

If you experience a qualifying life event, you can visit Penn’s online benefits enrollment system to update your coverage. You have 30 days to make changes to your benefit elections. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the next Open Enrollment period.

Keep in mind the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) limits the types of changes you can make for qualifying life events. For more information on Penn’s health benefits, click here.