Find Your Future Career Fair Hosted by Goodwill Omaha

 

Find Your Future Career Fair Hosted by Goodwill Omaha

On Thursday, May 10, Goodwill Omaha hosted a semi-annual community career fair with 37 local employers. The Find Your Future career fair took place at Goodwill Omaha’s headquarter location off 72nd and Ames in Omaha, NE. The semi-annual career fair was open to anyone looking for employment in the Omaha metro and surrounding communities.

Opportunities For Jobseekers

Find Your Future Career FairThe Find Your Future career fair gave jobseekers the opportunity to meet with a multitude of employers in one location. Jobseekers were instructed to bring a resume and dress to impress as many employers conducted on the spot interviews. Goodwill’s Employment Solutions services were also offered to the 205 jobseekers who attended the career fair. Employers such as Jimmy John’s, Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Lyman-Richey Corporation were all actively scheduling interviews. Employers seemed to be very happy with the career fair. Mutual of Omaha stated “We never miss this event.” and Lozier said “The flow of traffic was wonderful and we got a lot of great applicants.”

FYF Jobseekers“The event went very smoothly, it was great to see so many jobseekers connecting with employers and leaving with smiles on their faces. It was also great to see all of the employers meeting with candidates and taking the first step in filling their needs.” said Melanie Smith, Business Solutions Specialist. All proceeds from the career fair directly support sector training opportunities to the community at no cost to individuals.

Thank you to all of the employers who helped make the Find Your Future career fair a success. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, Chesterman Company and DJ’s Dugout.  

What We Do

Employment Ready staff provided nearly 20,000 services to program participants in the past year. Services ranged from practice interviews, criminal history abatement, and employability skills before and after hire. Business Solutions is the second program related to this initiative. Business Solutions takes the same approach as Employment Ready but focuses those efforts on employers rather than job seekers. Our Business Solutions staff specializes in identifying the hiring needs in our city. They then match those needs with the people we serve.

FYF Jobseekers fill out applicationsEmployment Ready and Business Solutions staff work together seamlessly within Goodwill. Employment Ready values the job development efforts that Business Solutions maintains in the community. Such efforts allows them to concentrate on job readiness. At Goodwill we’ve designed these two programs so that they operate in a connected but independent way—providing the best services to people and businesses alike.

Showing Support

To help support our Employment Services programs, you can donate used goods to our retail stores or make monetary donations to fundraisers like Omaha Gives! Follow our Business Solutions and Employment Ready programs on Facebook for information and updates within the programs. Click here to follow our events page on Facebook for a current calendar of events and happenings throughout Goodwill Omaha. Click here to schedule your donation for Omaha Gives! Thank you for continuing to support our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training, and work.

 


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Goodwill Industries Celebrates 115 Years of Changing Lives

Goodwill Industries Celebrates 115 Years of Changing Lives

During the week of May 6, 2018 we will be celebrating Goodwill Industries Week—along with 115 years of building better futures and changing lives. Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May of 1951. It is a way to encourage local Goodwill organizations to educate their communities about their missions. At Goodwill Omaha our mission is to change lives through education, training, and work—by serving individuals and businesses in eastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.

Hand-Up Not a Hand Out 

In 1902 Reverend Edgar J. Helms went from door to door in Boston asking not for money, but for clothing in need of repair. Helms employed people facing challenges by having them mend the clothes for a daily wage. By selling those clothes back to the community, Goodwill’s mission was born. Helms believed in giving people a chance, not charity. He also believed there is more dignity in receiving a hand-up, not a hand-out. When people learn the skills to earn their own pay checks they have the power to transform lives and communities. Goodwill has grown from humble origins into an international non-profit organization. We provide employment placement, job training services and other important services to millions of people.

Goodwill Omaha’s Programs and Services

While programs and services have changed over the years, our mission of changing lives through education, training, and work has stayed true. Below are programs and services Goodwill Omaha currently provides.

  • Ability One – Provides part-time job opportunities for individuals with disabilities in a supportive and integrated work environment at several federal properties.
  • Business Solutions – Meets the needs of local employers by connecting them with quality applicants and providing ongoing support.
  • Employment Ready – Provides free one-on-one job readiness services to anyone who is unemployed or under-employed in the Omaha metro, Council Bluffs, or Fremont areas.
  • Hire Nebraska – Puts Nebraskans to work as they transition from public assistance to life-changing employment.
  • Work Experience – Offers high school special education students, who are nearing completion of high school education, an opportunity to gain exposure to a work situation in a supportive environment.
  • Volunteer & Community Service –  We thrive on the support of our community and those who volunteer their time. Providing the opportunity to complete approved court ordered hours of service is another way we support those in our community.
  • YouthBuild Omaha – A national education, leadership, development, and occupational skill-training program for disadvantaged young adults. YouthBuild is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.

In 2017, Goodwill Omaha served 1,797 people through our mission programs. Hosting a total of 35 hiring events—230 jobs were found by Goodwill participants. The average hourly wage of Goodwill participants placed in jobs was $12.16. Through our programs and services, we are able to continue our mission of changing lives through education, training, and work. We provide free tours to the public for a behind the scenes look at our organization, by appointment. For contact information and more details about our programs and services, click here.

Involved in Goodwill

Being involved in our community is a key component to what makes our mission programs and services so impactful. You can become involved with Goodwill Omaha through the various events we host and participate in. To find out more about our upcoming events, click here. You can also support our life-changing mission by shopping and donating at your local Goodwill retail location. When you purchase items from Goodwill, those dollars go directly to the support needs of our programs and services. Click here to view a listing of our locations.


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Clean Sweep – Living with Less Mess

Clean Sweep – Living with Less Mess

Draw the curtains and let the sun shine in because it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Wondering where to start or what to do with those household items you can’t wait to move on from?  We will be sharing some helpful tips on how and what to clean; along with getting the most out of your spring cleaning endeavors.

Science Behind Spring Cleaning  

Do you sometimes wonder why so many of us have the urge to tidy up or do our most detailed cleaning this time of year? You can thank biology for that. HowStuffWorks’ blog post Why Do We Traditionally Clean Our Homes At the Beginning of Spring explains that due to lack of sunlight exposure our bodies produce a hormone called melatonin that causes sleepiness in humans. Research shows that as the days grow longer and we are exposed to more sunlight we have more energy. Hence the reason we become more active in the warmer sun drenched months. With your replenished energy supply, you are free to tackle all of those cleaning and organizing tasks that have been pushed aside over the winter months.

Clean Slate

Cleaning SuppliesMost of us know that during winter months dust tends to settle and allergens can be trapped indoors due to lack of air movement and fresh air entering our homes. A great place to start your cleaning is dusting every nook and cranny. If you are a new homeowner or renter, try finding guidelines for your spring cleaning while tailoring them to your living space. HGTV has provided what seems like a fool-proof cleaning list to help guide you and ensure your home is left spotless. Click here to view their easy to follow cleaning checklist. We suggest keeping lists like this on hand year round. Consistently cleaning your home throughout the year will significantly lessen the amount of work you have to do come next spring.

Let’s Talk Minimalism.

Minimalism is growing in popularity. Some consider it just another bandwagon fad, yet others consider it a lifestyle choice. Those who have chosen to live with a more minimal mindset claim to be freed from the control of material items. In the end those individuals find they have less to clean and take care of. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus expand upon minimalism and give helpful advice on how to live minimally on their website The Minimalists. Maybe you have thought about living a minimal lifestyle, your wardrobe could be a great place to start. If you decide to make a switch towards minimalism, you can donate your unwanted items to your local Goodwill.

At Goodwill Omaha the items you donate are either sold in our retail stores, or recycled. Keeping thousand of pounds of goods from going into the landfills. The sales from your donations directly support the employment services and programs we provide. In 2017 our employment services and mission programs served 1,797 people.

Declutter and Donate

A large part of spring cleaning is decluttering your space. Naturally, some areas of our home tend to become more cluttered than others. Trying to tackle clutter can be quite overwhelming for some of us. You’ll probably want to set up quick, efficient tasks similar to these tasks that Good Housekeeping has listed. Doing so will help guide you toward the end results you are seeking. We suggest going through the areas listed below and setting aside all of the items you no longer need, use, or want.

Spring Clean

  • Closets (clothing, linen, etc.)
  • Junk Drawers
  • Office Space
  • Pantries
  • Storage Rooms
  • Garage

 

Click here to view Goodwill Omaha’s acceptable donations guideline. You can donate those items at any of our conveniently located donation pods or donation centers. To find the location nearest you, click here.


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Penny-Pinching for the Perfect DIY Prom Dress

Penny-Pinching for the Perfect DIY Prom Dress

Finding the perfect dress for prom has become taxing. With so many fits, colors, and styles to choose from—it can be difficult to know where to start looking. Oh yeah, lets not forget about that price tag either. As a result, you may not always be satisfied with the hunt of that perfect prom dress. So why not create your own? Learn how to re-purpose a dress into a DIY creation and restore the fun in your prom experience.

What’s in this prom season?

After doing some research, we have put together a list of what you might find to be in style this prom season.

  • Lace Detail and Overlay
  • Pastel Colors
  • Ultra Violet
  • Off the Shoulder
  • High Slits
  • Plunging Necklines
  • Two-Piece Dresses
  • Halter Tops
  • Chiffon

While these may be great suggestions for this season. Don’t be afraid to express yourself and get creative. Think outside the box.

Where to find your dress.

Try Goodwill, no seriously, you would be amazed at the selection of dresses most Goodwill stores have. Frequently visiting your favorite Goodwill retail location will give you an advantage as new product comes in daily. If you have never shopped at a Goodwill before, you’ll probably want to start. You can save your pretty pennies and score some awesome finds. While there are DIY-ers that create their own prom dresses, we suggest repurposing instead of starting from scratch. This will give you a head start in creating your masterpiece. Need some inspiration? Click here to find a gallery of DIY prom dress ideas.

Creating your perfect prom dress.

You may find a dress you like, but may not be quite head over heels for. There’s a solution for that! Do you have sewing skills? If not, try finding a friend who can help you in that area. Adding different materials such as lace and chiffon can create layers and add to the wow factor of your dress. It’s a great way to get the look you are going for without too much work. Not a lover of lace or chiffon? It can be just as easy to remove. You can also use crystals to create a dress that captures and reflects light in all the right places.

You’ll be able to find those supplies at your local fabric or craft store such as: Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. If you are up for a challenge, Wendy gives you a great tutorial on making a custom chiffon dress. You may also want to check out her blog, With Wendy, for more amazing DIY ideas.

Finding the right fit.

If you fall in love with a dress that isn’t your size and needs some updating, don’t fret. Be open to the idea of having your dress tailored. You can expand your selection by doing so. Finding a good tailor may seem tough, but there are plenty of tailors out there who specialize in custom fits. Scheduling a fitting with your tailor before the work begins is also important. Your fitting will give you the opportunity to communicate your vision and build a relationship with your tailor of choice.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. You might be surprised at what your tailor can do. Communication is key. You want to give your tailor as much direction as possible. As a result of having a custom fit, you can make a statement with your now one-of-a-kind dress that looks and feels custom made just for you. In the blog post What Every Woman Should Know About Looking Better in Clothes Zac Posen says “The right tailoring can make any garment work for any body”. You can follow Zac on twitter for more inspiration.

Share your creation.

We encourage you to share your creations with us! Use the hashtag #PromAtGoodwill if you found your dress, or any part of your ensemble at one our Goodwill Omaha locations. Be sure to tag us at @goodwillomaha for a chance to be featured on our social media pages. At Goodwill, our mission is to change lives and strengthen communities through education, training, and work. When you shop with Goodwill Omaha you are directly supporting our programs and employment services here in our community.


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Raise Some Dough To Help Put People To Work

Join Goodwill as we visit Panera Bread to raise some dough for Employment Solutions! Employment Solutions programs help people find work!

Who: Everyone is invited!

What: An opportunity to dine at Panera Bread Westroads. Where 20% of your purchase will go back to Goodwill’s Employment Solutions programs.

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Panera Bread – 10000 California Street, East side of Westroads Mall

Why: To support the Employment Solutions programs within Goodwill, where our mission is to change lives and strengthen communities through education, training and work.

How: Visit the Panera location listed above on April 18, 2018 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Purchase your favorite meal and show the below flyer. 20% of your purchase will then be donated back to support Goodwill’s mission.

Goodwill Omaha-Panera Fundraiser-Flyer

More About Employment Solutions

We offer a variety of programs that support our mission in different ways, but Employment Solutions provides the capability to do even more.

The concept behind Employment Solutions is simple.  We want to be able to serve anyone in our community, regardless of qualifying criteria, and help them prepare for and find meaningful employment. Therefore anyone in need of employment assistance in the Omaha Metro area can come to Goodwill and receive employment assistance.

Employment Ready staff provided nearly 20,000 services to program participants in the past year- ranging from practice interviews, to criminal history abatement, to employability skills before and after hire.

Business Solutions is the second program related to this initiative. Business Solutions takes the same approach as Employment Ready, but focuses those efforts on employers, rather than job seekers. Our Business Solutions staff specializes in identifying the hiring needs in our city, and matching those needs with the people we serve.

Employment Ready and Business Solutions staff work together seamlessly within Goodwill.  Employment Ready values the job development efforts that Business Solutions maintains in the community, as it allows them to concentrate on job readiness.  Business Solutions needs work-ready people to fill employer needs.  We’ve designed these two programs so that they operate in a connected but independent way—providing the best services to people and businesses alike.

Follow our Business Solutions and Employment Ready programs on Facebook for information and updates within the programs. Click here to follow our events page on Facebook for a current calendar of events and happenings throughout Goodwill Omaha.

To date, we’ve served more than 1,500 people through this program, and helped fill 500 jobs for area employers.

We hope you will join us on April 18.

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6 Tips for Creating a Resume

What defines a good resume has changed over the years; however, the goal of a resume has stayed true—get your foot in the door and bring attention to your name. Here are 6 tips on how you can create a resume that will captivate your future employer and display all you have to offer in a simple yet impactful way.

Tip 1 – Clear & Concise

A good resume is clear, concise (often only one page long) and to the point. List your education, prior work experience, and skill set. Starting your resume in a Word document can make it easy to modify throughout your career. You’ve probably put in some time editing and proofreading your resume, if you haven’t you will want to do so. We’ve found the Big Interview website to be informative when creating your resume— specifically the blog post Creating Really Good Resumes.

Tip 2 – Name

Prominently display your name and contact information at the top of the page. Make sure to align your name on the center of the page so it stands out from the rest of your resume. You will want to give clear direction on how a hiring manager can connect with you to set up an interview after viewing your resume.

Tip 3 – Objective

Your objective may not always be needed. An objective gives you an opportunity to relate what you have to offer your potential employer and how they will benefit by hiring you. A potential employer should be able to find your objective easily below your name and personal information.

Tip 4 – Formatting Information

Formatting your information with bullet points is a good way to maintain an easy-to-read resume. Start with your education, list diplomas or degrees earned. Then provide the experience you have gained at your previous positions. This will give you the opportunity to display your longevity. If longevity is not applicable, be sure to list all of your previous employment to showcase your experience in the workforce. Finally, listing your skills and abilities is one more way to showcase what you have to offer your potential employer.

Tip 5 – Readability

Font style and size can make all the difference in how your resume is perceived. Keeping your font style and size the same throughout the body of your resume will allow for minimal distractions and make it easy to skim through. Even spacing and clean lines is key when choosing a font for your resume. Make sure your font size is readable while allowing the information to fit on one page. To get the employers attentions, your name should be a different font and larger in size.
Looking for tips on what fonts to use in your resume? Check out this article by Cleverism.

Tip 6 – Resources

Use your resources. There is help and advice online for you to use to get your resume in tip top shape. If you are not familiar with Microsoft or formatting a document for a resume, we (Goodwill Omaha) are now offering an Introduction to Microsoft Word course hosted by TriO Programs.  Another helpful website for job tasks, skills, and much more is  O*NET OnLine. 

If you are unemployed or underemployed our Employment Ready and Business Solutions staff are here to assist you.
Follow the links above to learn more about those programs and how they can help you land
your next job.

Stay up-to-date on the latest hiring events and other employment assistance opportunities by following them on Facebook: Employment Ready Powered by Goodwill and Business Solutions by Goodwill.

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Mission In Action : Ahassan

 

Ahassan’s journey to Goodwill began nine months ago on the other side of the world. He arrived in Omaha in December 2016 with his family after fleeing persecution in his native country. His family was excited to reach Omaha but Ahassan knew that finding employment was an important first step while adjusting to their new home.

Ahassan shares his path to success with Goodwill Employment Specialists Sherri Kallon and Katy Young in Goodwill’s computer lab.

When Ahassan arrived in Omaha, he was assigned to an employment agency. Ahassan brings years of experience as a communications expert, is fluent in multiple languages and has several degrees and certifications. He needed an advocate to refer him to employers, provide a positive reference and help him navigate the Omaha labor market. Weeks and months passed and Ahassan was only offered positions outside his field and underutilizing his proven skills. He began to feel disheartened and unsure what the future would hold if he was not able to find a job.

The employment agency referred Ahassan to Goodwill’s Employment Ready Program to complete community service and gain exposure to the American working environment. The Employment Ready Program provides job readiness skills to anyone seeking employment assistance. Goodwill Employment Ready Specialist, Sherri Kallon explains, “When Ahassan first came to us. It was clear that he was struggling and had been let down many times. But it was also obvious that he is very intelligent and just needed someone to advocate for him.”

Sherri knew Ahassan was the perfect fit to intern in Goodwill’s computer lab. Immediately, he jumped at the opportunity to help other job seekers improve their computer skills while also researching education and job opportunities.

To enhance Ahassan’s employment search, Sherri engaged her colleague Katy Young from Goodwill’s Business Solutions Program. Business Solutions works directly with area companies to help fill their open positions. Sherri and Katy began sending Ahassan multiple job opportunities in his field. While Ahassan completed applications, Sherri and Katy worked their magic behind-the-scenes. Once Ahassan submitted his resume, Katy was quick to follow up with the company’s hiring manager to provide a positive reference. Their extra attention made the difference for Ahassan. After just two weeks at Goodwill, Ahassan interviewed and was offered the perfect position in his field.

Ahassan has been astounded by the personalized attention he received at Goodwill, saying, “Sherri and Katy are wonderful assets to Goodwill. They helped me find the perfect job and I am very grateful. Goodwill is doing amazing things in the community every day!” Join Goodwill as we wish Ahassan good luck in his new position. We know that he too will be doing amazing things in our community!

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