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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The Power of Work: Support Goodwill with Omaha Gives!

Goodwill Omaha is proud to be participating again in Omaha Gives!, a 24-hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The online giving holiday will take place May 24 from midnight to midnight.  This year 100 percent of funds raised through Omaha Gives! is going directly to Goodwill’s Business Solutions Program.

The goal of Business Solutions is to assist job seekers in finding permanent, self-sustaining employment in the community. Our team connects with companies across the Omaha metro area to learn about their business and hiring needs. We then work to match those needs with individuals served by Goodwill and other community agencies.

Thanks to Goodwill’s Business Solutions program one of our participants, Jenni, was able to reach of her goal of finding employment in the medical field.

Like many of the individuals Goodwill’s helps, Jenni had a career goal but wasn’t quite sure how to reach that goal – Jennie wanted to break into the medical field.   Being a single parent without any formal job experience was difficult.

“I was trying to find a job in the medical field but was faced with difficulties because employers wanted someone with experience,” said Jenni. Our goal is help participants like Jenni who need an extra hand finding a job that fits their interests. “It was great working with Melanie, a Business Solutions Specialist. She was very helpful in trying to get me a job. We re-created my resume and eventually connected me with Hillcrest Nursing Home where I have been working since January,” said Jenni.

Because of Goodwill’s Business Solutions program Jenni is well on her way to achieving her goals and is looking forward to what the future holds for her and her son.

Help us continue to change lives and strengthen our community by giving to Goodwill during Omaha Gives!

 

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Free Kaplan MS Office College Course

Kaplan University and Goodwill Industries are hosting another free MS Office Skills beginning on Monday, June 12th.  Classes are at no cost and are open to anyone in our community. Please feel free to pass this information to those in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.

This course includes the following topics; Introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.

Class Dates: Monday, June 12 through Monday, August 14, 2017 (10 weeks)

Meeting Day/Time: Every Monday 10am – 2pm

Location: 4805 N 72nd St, Omaha, NE 68134 (Goodwill)
Space is limited, so please contact us prior to the Wednesday, June 7th  deadline.

Please review below flyer for further information, or contact Sherri Kallon at 402.231.1977 or [email protected].

Thank you!

Megan R. Sharpe | READY Services Manager

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Find Your Future Career Fair – May 16, 2017

Don’t forget to join us for this awesome event on May 16th! Recruiters from all participating businesses will be on site for individuals to share their skills/experience with and to discuss potential employment opportunities! We will also have our computer lab open to job seekers so that they can apply on-site and discuss positions with said recruiters. We will have employers from all sectors of employment present!

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Eight Ways to Pitch Your Diverse Background as an Employment Asset

It has become more common to hear employers talk about valuing workplace diversity and inclusion. For Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers, this meant including a certain number of people of different genders or races in the workplace. Today’s Millennial generation, however, prefers “cognitive diversity,” or the blending of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives within a team.

As employers seek to hire people with diverse racial, sexual, class or religious backgrounds, you can drive the conversation about the value that your own diversity brings to a company.

Use these shifts in values to your advantage when applying and interviewing for jobs. Here are eight benefits of a diverse workplace that you can cite when talking with employers:

  1. Adaptability—Having a workforce of diverse experiences and backgrounds will better prepare organizations to adapt to unforeseen challenges and opportunities.
  2. Range of Service—A diverse workforce can impact the range of services the organization can provide.
  3. Varying Perspectives—Employing professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds can bring new and different perspectives to the table.
  4. Learning and Growth—Having a diverse staff will create opportunities for people to get to learn more about different backgrounds and professions.
  5. Communication—A staff that can conduct business and provide customer service in multiple languages means opportunities to grow and expand into new markets.
  6. Increased Productivity—An organization with a diverse workforce can often increase productivity by tapping into the wealth of knowledge on staff.
  7. Increased Innovation—Having a wide variety of opinions, skills, experiences and backgrounds on staff is a great way to encourage innovation in the workplace.
  8. Satisfy a Diverse Customer Base—An organization whose staff represents its diverse customer base is a great way to create connections between the staff and the customer.
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Tips for Narrowing Down Your Career Interests

When you first start working, you may try a number of fields and position types to see what works best for you; when it’s time to start a career track, though, it helps to be certain about your goals and what you want to do.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is estimated that the average baby boomer held 11.7 jobs between the ages of 18-48. Millennials are estimated to hold twice that many in a variety of different career fields throughout their natural working lives.

Settling on a path is hard with so much bouncing around. Here are some tips for narrowing down your career interests and seeking out the best opportunities for your long-term career aspirations:

  • Explore Career Tracks: Created by the Office of Career Services at NYU’s Graduate School of Public Service, the career tracks exercise is an excellent tool for identifying career-paths best suited to your individual interests. While the exercise will take some time to complete, it is guaranteed to help you to narrow down viable career opportunities, which is the first step that you should take.
  • Establish Goals: The first and most important step in narrowing down your career interests is to take a moment and identify your personal and professional goals, then determine what you are willing to sacrifice in order to achieve them. Take the time to write down what is most important to you and focus your energy on seeking out opportunities that will satisfy your needs on a holistic level.
  • Find the Right Work Environment: Investigate companies you may be interested in so that you can determine if they will be a good fit for your personality. Web resources like Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com and Salary.com are free to use and provide users with access to information like salaries, incentive programs, reviews of the management staff and just about anything else someone would need to decide if the environment would be good fit. You can also request an exploratory interview or job shadow.
  • Network: Actively seek out relationships with other professionals. Not only can discussing your goals be helpful in identifying viable career opportunities, but it is also helpful to be notified when job prospects become available. While resources like CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com or Job.com can be helpful in your efforts to search for jobs, having a relationship with an internal employee who is willing to refer you for an opening is invaluable. Strive to grow your professional network, find others who share similar career aspirations and brainstorm creative solutions to achieve your goals.

If you are interested in learning more about identifying viable career opportunities, request a virtual career mentor at GoodProspects®, or visit the career discussion forums.

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Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

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.

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No degree? No problem! Trending Healthcare jobs

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.

  1. LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
  • U.S. job listings: 55,202
  • Average salary: $38,776
  • Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 6.56%
  1. Phlebotomist
  • U.S. job listings: 29,736
  • Average salary: $28,623
  • Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 6.10%
  1. Surgical Technician (Operating Room Technician)
  • U.S. job listings: 11,623
  • Average salary: $39,072
  • Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 2.70%
  1. Medical Assistant
  • U.S. job listings: 21,543
  • Average salary: $29,320
  • Year-Over-Year Job Growth: 1.94%
  1. 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
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