Sector Training Expands Mission Focus at Goodwill Omaha

Sector Training Expands Mission Focus at Goodwill Omaha

Over the spring months of 2018, Goodwill Omaha developed a sector training program based on multiple community needs. The Mission Advancement team identified a nationally recognized retail training. After research was done it was determined that the training would be a good fit for the new program. At Goodwill we have a unique benefit of having access to our retail stores. This access provides real, on-the-job training in a real-life setting.

With the initial curriculum was built, we determined that a defined classroom space to practice these skills while teaching them would be very beneficial—in turn we created a mock retail store located in our headquarters building.

“We had a great trainer, Jen Driscoll. She developed the curriculum, trained and tested participants by working one-one-one with them daily. Jen made sure the program participants were successful and supported at all times” says Christine Aguilar, Director of Mission Training.

Our Employment Ready program assisted with the job readiness curriculum and our Business Solutions program worked with the participants during their training to identify employment goals. Employment Ready and Business Solutions worked together to achieve permanent employment opportunities for the participants.

“After reviewing the first cohort, we are very excited with the successful results and we plan to provide this training on an ongoing basis. We are also exploring other potential referral sources to expand the number of participants served” says Aguilar.  

Results

The first training class started on May 7, 2018 and concluded June 1, 2018. All four program participants successfully obtained certification. Two of the participants have secured full time employment. The other two participants are actively interviewing with local employers. Goodwill’s Business Solutions team continues to assist the participants with the employment and retention support.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills and learn more about the operations of a retail store. I would one day like to own my own small retail store to provide fashionable items for women of all sizes,” said Michelle, one of the four program participants.

The new program is just one of many ways that Goodwill Omaha is proudly serving members of our community by changing lives through education, training, and work.

“We are looking forward to offering another class in the coming months,” says Aguilar.

Sector training opportunities are available to those in the community who desire training to increase their employability in order to secure employment.


Written By: Joshua Meyer

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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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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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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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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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Six Ways to Look for Work … and How to Use Them

You may not know exactly where to start, but resources, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, are plentiful when it comes to looking for employment.

  • Employment opportunities are a standard feature of all newspapers and are easily accessible and navigated. If you are relocating to a new area, they probably make the most sense, as they will help orient you to the general business climate. Be aware that many newspapers, especially in large cities, have more extensive employment sections on their websites.
  • Many communities have workforce development organizations that assist with employment. Career One Stop centers, Job Corp USA and Goodwill all have the staff and expertise to narrow your search and guide you through the process. All are likely to offer a list of job search engines and calendars of local hiring events.
  • The Internet is also a common way to look for work. Many job search engines exist. Look for sites that use your experience and personality to tailor results and show positions you may be best suited for, such as Indeed.com and www.ApplyApp.ly.
  • Engaging with your social network is still touted as a primary way to find a job. Ask friends, family, former teachers, etc. for information about their employers and knowledge of their industry. If you have a family member or friend who currently works for a company of interest, ask who you would contact for more information. Also consider using online social networks.
  • Cold calling still has a place in the job search process. Identify a company of interest, contact the human resources department and ask if someone could show you around for 10 or 15 minutes so you can gain a better understanding of what they do and why they do it. This is called an “informational interview” and allows you to gather information so you can make a good decision about where you would like to work and are most likely to succeed. Employers often value your initiative and are more likely to offer you an interview when your application is submitted.
  • If you can use a staffing company to find temporary assignments that are targeted to your interests, you may have a great way to learn of job openings. Be aware that some staffing companies assist with permanent placements for a fee, or expect you to refrain from accepting a job with one of their clients for a period of time. It’s best to learn how they operate before using this approach.

Regardless of how you look for jobs, keep an eye out for scams that promise high wages for limited or no investment of time, money or effort—you may spend more money for the job than you could ever hope to make back. The Federal Trade Commission is an excellent resource for researching employment scams.

Looking for employment is a time-consuming activity, so you should make a plan based on your comfort level with technology, desire for assistance, amount of time you are able to devote to job search, and understanding of your work preferences. Decide which resources work best for you, set aside time each day to focus on job search, and be prepared for the unavoidable ups and downs!

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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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