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Teens looking for work encouraged to attend Library job fair

Teens looking for work encouraged to attend Library job fair
February 24, 2014
Teens can plan ahead and increase their chances of landing a great part-time or summer job by attending Omaha Public Library’s ninth annual Teen Job Fair on Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mutual of Omaha Dome, 33rd & Dodge streets. The event is free and open to teens, ages 16-19. Registration is not required.

Teens should plan to spend at least one hour visiting employer tables. Many Omaha employers will be available to discuss and accept applications for job opportunities, including the City of Omaha; City of Omaha Parks and Recreation; Dollar General; Hy-Vee; Job Corps; McDonald’s; Old Navy; Omaha Children's Museum; Omaha Steaks; Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium; Panda Express; Payless ShoeSource; Pizza Ranch; Sears; Shopko; the United States Army; and the United States Navy. The most current list of participating employers and many online applications can be found at Additional employers are welcome. Interested employers should contact Julie Humphrey at 402.444.4586 or

Teens should dress appropriately to meet employers and bring black pens; their social security number; names, addresses, and phone numbers of their school, previous employers, and three references; and a resume if available. No children or strollers, please.

In addition to employer tables, there will be designated areas throughout the Mutual of Omaha Dome for interviewing advice and resume help; computer stations to complete online applications; a parent waiting area; job resources; and work space. Several workshops will take place throughout the day.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Welcome, introduction and motivational speaker Tre’Shawn Abram. Abram is a junior at Northwest High School, a member of Omaha Police Department’s Explorer Post program, and a youth minister at his church. His discussion is titled, “Reconnect with Success.”
  • 10:30 a.m. – Gwynette Williams, Collective for Youth program director, will lead a workshop, “Utilizing Your Resources to Get the Job You Want.”
  • 11:30 a.m. – Jennifer Keys with the NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics will present “What are you doing now to get the job you want?”
  • 12:30 p.m. – Mary Mollner, youth services librarian at Omaha Public Library, will present “Ten Easy Ways to Get and Keep a Job.”
In addition to walking away with job searching experience and potentially a job, participating teens will each receive a Teen Job Fair notebook and pen.

OPL will offer a lunch and learn job workshop to help teens prepare for the job fair on Saturday, March 1, 11 a.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St. The workshop will include a panel discussion with community members who have experience working in several Omaha businesses. The topics up for discussion will include how to get and keep a job, and how to be promoted. Registration is required.

The ninth annual Teen Job Fair is made possible by Mutual of Omaha, and the Omaha Public Library Foundation and Friends. More information about how to prepare for the Teen Job Fair is available at Visit for information on additional upcoming events at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.
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