It has come to our attention that some recent inquiries from our website contact forms have not been coming through to a staff member to be answered. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and are currently in the works of getting this issue resolved. If you have made an inquiry or submitted a program application and have not heard from us, please contact Elizabeth Donner at [email protected] or 402-341-4609. Thank you and we hope to have this fixed as soon as possible.
Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our community supporters, like Goodwill, to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.
Using the term retard or retarded belittles people with intellectual disabilities. Spread the Word to End the Word is a day dedicated to educating people about the negative impact the “r” word has. By eliminating the “r” word from our culture, we can build a more inclusive and caring community.
March 1, 2017 all Goodwill locations will participate and advocate for eliminating the “r” word for our vocabulary.
Goodwill Impact 2016
- Goodwill’s Work Experience program enrolled 249 special education high school students from local high schools
- Work Experience students earned a total of $279,820.25 in wages while gaining hands-on experience in a workplace setting
- Work Experience is housed at nine locations throughout the Metro area
- Our AbilityOne contract employs 122 individuals, 96 of which who identify as having a disability
- AbilityOne employees service over 1.2 million square feet of property in federal buildings located in Omaha, Lincoln and
Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclusive effects of the R-word.
Language affects attitudes. Attitudes impact actions. Make your pledge for #Respect today at www.R-word.org.
Cover letters are an important part of the job application process. They give the employer a deeper look into what you have to offer and why you would be a good fit for their company. I’m going to share a few tips below on how to make your cover letter stand out.
- Make it about the company. Every job you apply to should have a personalized cover letter that explains why you want that specific job. This shows the employer that you have taken the time to do your research on this position and this company. Look at the description for the job you’re applying to and match your skills to those they’re looking for. You can then write about how you have shown those skills in the past.
- Make it concise. A cover letter should ideally be about three paragraphs long: how you found out about the job, why you want the job, and what skills you have that would benefit the company. It should never be longer than one page.
- Make it personal. The best way to address a cover letter is to find out who will do the hiring. You can call or email someone in an administrative role at the company to see if they have the contact information for the person who will do the hiring. If you can’t find that information, just write “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Recruiter.” Do not say “To Whom it May Concern.”
Here are some additional sources on crafting good cover letters. When in doubt, contact a GoodProspects virtual career mentor to coach you through the job application process.
- Ask a Manager: “Here’s a real-life example of a great cover letter (with before and after versions!)”
- The Muse: “The 8 Cover Letters You Need to Read Now”
- The Guardian: “Three excellent cover letter examples”
Blog shared from Goodwill Industries International
The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing job markets. Omaha’s healthcare market is no exception. As our country continues to have a growth in the aging population the need for healthcare providers is on the rise. Let Goodwill’s Business Solutions help you Find Your Future at our career fair highlighting the healthcare industry on March 1, 2017.
Here are five trending healthcare jobs that do not require a four-year degree.
- LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
- U.S. job listings: 55,202
- Average salary: $38,776
- Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 6.56%
- U.S. job listings: 29,736
- Average salary: $28,623
- Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 6.10%
- Surgical Technician (Operating Room Technician)
- U.S. job listings: 11,623
- Average salary: $39,072
- Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 2.70%
- Medical Assistant
- U.S. job listings: 21,543
- Average salary: $29,320
- Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 1.94%
- Radiologic Technologist (Radiographer)
- U.S. job listings: 8,500
- Average salary: $47,566
- Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 1.74%
*Data from http://www.simplyhired.com: Simply Hired U.S. Employment Outlook ranks the Best Healthcare Jobs That Don’t Require a 4-Year Degree
WHO WE ARE
Our team of business solutions specialists connect with companies across the metro to learn about their business and hiring needs. We work to match those staffing needs with individuals we serve in the community.
We strive to become experts in your company’s operations and personnel demands.
We foster placements that truly fit those demands. We are also able to provide financial support for the placement, so that employees can prove themselves with a reduced risk to your bottom line.
WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT
We are committed to truly learning about a business before attempting to place individuals. Our business solutions specialists can assist with employment opportunities that benefit the employers and employees alike. And we support these opportunities by providing funds that offset your company’s hiring expenses.
This is a never-before-seen approach to job placement.
NO RED TAPE
No complicated forms. Just Goodwill strengthening your hiring efforts through supported employment.
WE CAN HELP YOU
If you are an employer who is struggling to fill positions, call our Business Solutions team at 402.341.4609 to find out how Goodwill can help meet your business and hiring needs.