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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  1. Speak clearly – Make sure to be professional but also show some of your personality while highlighting yourself.
  2. Be engaged in the conversation– Being able to answer the interviewee’s questions in one thing but showing genuine interest shows that you are able to be attentive.
  3. Stay positive – When answering questions about your previous employer keep the message positive.
  4. Match skillsets – Market your skill set to match what the employer is looking for in the position and how you can be an asset to the organization.
  5. Know the company – Researching the company before an interview is important. The employer might ask you what you know about the organization or to describe what they do.
  6. Be early – The goal is to arrive 10-15 mins before your interview. This allows you enough time to get settled and mentally prepare for the interview.
  7. Be professional – Look presentable, carrying a folder or portfolio. It should contain a notepad, pen and even some pre written out questions that you may have about the position.
  8. Be prepared – It’s important to have extra copies of your resume on hand. Some interviewers might not have a copy of your resume or might just have the copy that you filled out when you applied for the position.
  9. Ask about follow up – When do they plan on hiring for this position? State how long of a notice you would have to give your current employer.
  10. Be personal – Send a hand written thank you note or email to the employer thanking them for taking the time to meet with you.

If you would like to get some additional practice on your interviewing skills, Goodwill’s READY services offers mock interviews. To set up a mock interview contact READY staff at (402) 231-1901 or by visiting our website at

Every Friday – Open computer lab available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for job readiness assistance at our Goodwill Headquarters (4805 N. 72nd Street)

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LaborMax Staffing-Hiring Event

Business Solutions by Goodwill is hosting a hiring event for LaborMax Staffing on Wednesday, December 21st,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4805 North 72 Street, Omaha, NE 68134.   A recruiter from LaborMax Staffing will be onsite interviewing. Background checks are not required for all positions.


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Gallup Hiring Event

Business Solutions by Goodwill is hosting a hiring event for Gallup on Friday December 16th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4805 North 72 Street, Omaha, NE 68134.   A recruiter from Gallup will be onsite interviewing, and pre-screening for telephone interviewers.  In addition,  answering questions and taking resumes for the all other positions within the Gallup organization.   gallup_interviewers_flyer-2

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3 easy tips for writing a resume

Looking for some easy steps to help you write your resume? Look no further!

  1. Simple easy to read layout. Stick with a font like Times New Roman or Calibri which are easy to read both in print and on a computer screen. Use a simple layout, you can have your name in a larger bolder font, your previous employers and titles.
  2. List your previous employers in reverse chronological order. Keep your most recent job as the first job on your list and then work backwards.
  3. When writing about your previous positions, list things that you did instead of tasks. Example- interacted daily with customers while providing answers to questions. Instead of did customer service.

Our READY program provides free one-on-one job readiness services, as well as employability skills workshops and computer classes. One-on-one staff attention allows READY to help individuals with their job readiness needs. Goodwill has partnered with a number of nonprofits in the community to offer READY services.

Our READY staff serve these agencda6q0997ies through an array of customizable employment readiness workshops. When a person begins READY services an assessment of needs, goals and abilities is completed. Based on that outcome, either the person continues to work on employability skills with READY, or is referred to Business Solutions for placement services.

To get in contact with one of our READY specialists please contact us at (402) 231-1901 or via email at [email protected]

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Hiring Our Heroes

Posted: Mon 10:05 AM, Jun 30, 2014


Veterans looking for work are invited to the Hiring our Heroes Job Fair Monday in Omaha.

More than 40 employers gathered at Goodwill Industries, near 72nd and Ames, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to help connect veterans search for a post-military job.

Not only is the career fair geared toward those freshly out of the military, but those like Paul Berg who haven’t been active duty since 1985.

“I didn’t realize that since I’ve been out of the military for so long that I’d qualify for any type of assistance, ” said Berg. “So it was a big surprise and I was real happy to find out that, you know, there’s people that are willing to help.”

Employers told WOWT 6 News while veterans may have a different technical background, they have essential skills that are being sought after.

“We look for team-fit first and foremost and then once we bring people into the organization we will train them and make sure they’re acclimated in those technical skills that they may not have directly from their military experience,” said Farm Credit Services of America Recruiting Outreach Specialist Kelly Rutter.

“They’re dependable. They’re organized. They’re professional. They offer great communications skills. So it’s a really good place to find excellent candidates for the jobs that we offer,” said Streck Recruiter Jenny Zebley.

To view the original story, please click here.

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Honoring Those Who Have Served

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The U.S. Veterans Administration notes that 22 million veterans have reintegrated back into civilian life since World War I. That reintegration often proves difficult for veterans as they face numerous challenges, including finding meaningful employment to support themselves and their families. They lack the skills, education and credentials for jobs in the current marketplace. Many also have physical and emotional disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Still others face non-work-related challenges such as lack of health care, child care, housing and transportation.

At Goodwill Omaha, we strive to streamline re-entry and reduce the stressors of an already challenging time in the lives of returning military members. Many veterans who approach Goodwill for career services are surprised to find that they can gain much more than just job search assistance.

Goodwill Omaha employs veterans throughout our retail, employment and training, contracts and administrative divisions.

At our October Town Hall, we honored 18 of those veterans. Goodwill employees who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard were given plaques and gift cards as a small token of our appreciation for their dedicated service to our country. Veteran Tom Bessey represented the group, telling the audience what his service means to him. He then led the group in a moment of silence for our fallen heroes.

Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country.

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See what’s happening at 72nd & Ames

I’d like you all to meet Paul. He’s a student in our Work Experience Program at the Blair store, and for the past month, he has been job shadowing in our Marketing department.

Paul is very interested in video. He’s made music videos (one of his videos was so impressive, the band Kansas gave him a shout-out), instructional programs and interviews, all using his handheld HD camera and some exceptionally creative camera work and detailed editing. He’d like to pursue a career in video production, so this week, we decided to make a short video showing off the programs and services here at our 72nd & Ames headquarters.

First, Paul and I sat down to work on a script. We broke it up into two parts — the sections he would be hosting on-camera, and the sections he would be voicing over footage of our programs. Once we were satisfied with that, we headed outside to shoot his standups. The plan was that I would shoot the scenes in which Paul was on camera, but he would shoot and direct everything else. Paul also oversaw the editing process, as we reviewed our footage, selected our best takes, and assembled our final edit. We finished this 90-second project from scratch in just under two hours!

Work Experience is Goodwill Omaha’s oldest program, having been active since the 1960s. In Work Experience, students from area high schools in special education programs have an opportunity to work at Goodwill stores in a supportive environment. At the stores, they gain a variety of practical work experience, including retail production, custodial and clerical tasks, better preparing to take their first steps transitioning from an educational setting to the professional working world.

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