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Mosaic Q&A: Sarah Murtagh

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Sarah Murtagh, left, assists Georgiane Leuty, 58, of Lincoln post an on-line resume at the One Stop Job Center in Lincoln. / Photo by Charlie Litton

Sarah Murtagh is the employment services director at Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. You can reach her at (402) 742-8448 or at sarahm@lincolngoodwill.org

Q. How do you help refugees?

A. We help with the obtainment of employment by providing such classes and/or one-on-one assistance with resumes, cover letters, filling out applications, preparation for interviews, and discussion the best ways to retain your job.

Q. What is the most common question you get from refugees? (And how do you answer it?)

A. How long will it take me to gain employment? Answer: The more effort and work you put into your job search, the quicker you will become employed.

Q. What is the most difficult part of your work?

A. Trying to make people understand that all of the small pieces, even though they take time, are necessary.

Q. What does the wider community of Lincoln need to know about refugees?

A. There are many different barriers they have to overcome. However, they are up for the challenge..

Q. What does the refugee community need to know about Lincoln?

A. That there are many resources available for them.

Q. If you could offer refugees new to Lincoln only one piece of advice, what would it be?

A. Immerse yourself in Lincoln, get out there, embrace the community and you will be embraced in return.


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