What is Merit?
Merit is an online platform that uses social, print and online media to help you record and promote your various academic and extracurricular achievements in order to attain your academic and career goals. Merit helps you create an online, Wilkes University verified resume that showcases your achievements from enrollment to graduation
What is an achievement?
An achievement is an accomplishment that Wilkes endorses and released to the news media via Merit. Merit sends a copy of your story to your hometown newspaper and records the event on your Merit page. Wilkes grants achievements for:
You will receive an email notification that you have received a new badge when Wilkes grants you an achievement. The badge will also be attached to your news story. You also have the option of sharing your badges on Facebook and other social media platforms to inform your family, friends, and prospective employers of your achievement.
Why should I share achievements on social media and how do I do it?
To promote your achievements and build your professional online resume you should share your achievements via Merit’s social media tools. Each achievement that you earn contains links to share your badge and news story on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Doing so generates good public relations for yourself as you advance at Wilkes and prepare to apply to graduate school or for employment.
What is “my Merit page?”
Your “my Merit page” is your online account that showcases your achievements. It is a webpage where you can create a powerful professional, positive online identity endorsed and managed by Wilkes. In addition, you can personalize your Merit page by uploading a photo and including information such as your job and school activities. Your Merit page is a good page to share with companies where you are applying for an internship or employment.
How do I claim my Merit page?
When Wilkes grants you an achievement, you will receive an email notification that contains a link to claim your Merit page. When you open the email, click the link that reads, “View my achievement.” Merit will then prompt you to automatically claim your page via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Just follow the links or click “sign in” and register an email account to claim your page. You can also claim your Merit page by finding your profile on meritpages.com and clicking the link that says “Is this you?” Merit will prompt you to enter your email address in a form and then send you a secure email allowing you to claim your page.
Who can follow me on Merit?
Merit’s “Follow” feature allows friends, family members, and potential employers to find your Merit account and follow your achievements much like a LinkedIn or Twitter account. Merit automatically informs your followers when Wilkes grants you a new achievement. You will be notified when someone follows you and have the option to block followers or opt out of following if you have privacy concerns.
The contest is open to all current undergraduate students enrolled full-time at Wilkes University’s Wilkes-Barre, Pa., campus. One (1) grand prize package will be awarded at the end of the three-week contest. There are two ways to be entered to win the grand prize package. Students who have yet to claim their Merit page can do so between 10 a.m. Eastern Time on March 9, 2015 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 18, 2015. Two (2) students will be chosen to be entered in the grand prize drawing and announced via Wilkes University’s social media accounts and on Today@Wilkes on Thursday, March 19, 2015. The second method of entering the contest will begin on Monday, March 16, 2015 and end at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Two (2) students who share one of the Wilkes University “Merit Monday” features from either March 16 or March 23 on social media with the hashtag (#) #MeritMadness will be entered into the grand prize drawing and announced via Wilkes social media and on Today@Wilkes on March 27. The grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, March 30 via Wilkes University’s social media accounts and on Today@Wilkes. Students on the #MeritMadness street team or those currently working at the University Marketing Communications Department are ineligible to win. Wilkes University Marketing Communications retains the right to cancel any or all portions of the contest and reserves all rights to final decisions about student eligibility and contest winners.