February Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

February 8, 2013

For Immediate Release: Feb. 8
Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

LEWISTON—For those wanting to train for a different career or get a new or better job, the Lewiston CareerCenter is the place to begin. The schedule for February features programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills to increase their employability.

For those who are thinking about training for a new career, they can make Valentine’s Day and their future sweeter by attending the Training and Education Fair on Feb. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. This fair is for those thinking about a new job or wanting to learn new skills. Attendees will meet training and educational providers and learn more about opportunities to access training and find the right training program. Organizations that offer financial resources to support education and training will also be available to answer questions.

All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 753-9005.

GATEway to Employment—Thursdays, 1– 4 p.m. offers an overview of basic information on résumés, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during a job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help!

Professionals Moving Ahead! —First and third Thursday of each month: 9 a.m.–noon. This is a great way to network with other job seekers, professionals, and business leaders in our community and to get valuable information regarding job search tools; 85 percent of jobs are found through “the hidden job market”—or networking—not an ad. Presenters cover professional development and job-search strategies. Registration not required.

  • Feb. 7: Four tasks that will keep you organized in your job search: It’s a competitive market in the job search world—avail yourself every resource and suggestion available to ensure you “stay on top of your game.” This presentation, by Bill Stone of Promising Futures, promises to give you new (or a fresh look at) organizational tools.
  • Feb. 21: Attitude is everything in your job search: From an HR manager’s perspective...your attitude does impact your job search. Bates College Employment Manager Amie Parker, SPHR, will share insights and advice based on what she has experienced working with job seekers. Amie’s expertise and enthusiasm will surely affect your job search.

Job Search Skills—It’s a competitive job market. The job search skills workshops provide the tools needed to be successful in a job search, including strategies to highlight skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! Two sessions will be held, Feb. 5, 1–3 p.m. and Feb. 20, 1–3 p.m.

Résumés and Interview Skills—An in-depth exploration of job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Two sessions will be held, one at the CareerCenter on Feb. 14, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and one at the Auburn Public Library on Feb. 21, 2–5 p.m. To register for the Auburn Library session, call 333-6640.

Mock Job Interviews—Interviewing success comes with practice and practicing in a workshop is risk-free and instructional. This workshop provides the tools needed to feel comfortable in an interview. Participating in the Resume and Interview Skills workshop is a prerequisite to attending this workshop. Two sessions: Feb. 6, 1–3 p.m. and Feb. 27, noon–2 p.m. Registration required.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History—Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and identify where best to seek employment that will lead to a successful job search. Feb. 1, 9–10 a.m.

Career Decision Making—This two-part workshop will be offered in two separate sessions. The workshops’ first day reviews the factors involved in making career decisions, the different assessment tools used and available resources. The second day helps you apply the information gained from the assessments to identify the necessary career and training steps needed to achieve career goals. Registration required; please call to reserve a spot. Session one: Feb. 11 and 15; Session two: Feb. 25 and Mar. 1.

CareerCenter Training Orientation is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. Please call to receive the meeting schedule and to register. If you are interested in job search only, consider “The Job Quest” workshop.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults covers the basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges and complete the financial aid form. To register, call 800-281-3703. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Adult Education Consultations—An Adult Education Representative will help you explore options to improve your job skills and which adult education programs or classes will best meet your needs based on your interests and career goals. Adult Education representatives will be in the lobby every Wednesday in January (Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27), 10:15–11 a.m.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation—This orientation is for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required. Sessions are held the third Friday of the month: Feb. 15, 1–2:30 p.m.

Surviving Unemployment from a Financial Perspective—Feb. 20, 10 a.m.–noon. Has unemployment or long-term job search put a dent in your wallet? Is it time to consider overhauling your budget in response to tight economic times? This two-hour workshop reviews the basic components for building a budget including money tracking, categorizing expenses, ways to save and cut back, and short-term financial goal setting. Presented by Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community; to register, call Laurie at 753-6612.

Maintaining Self-Confidence during the Job Search—Has long-term unemployment got you down? Do you feel your confidence lagging? This three-session course will help you assess your self-confidence and learn some concrete tools to maintain a stronger confidence level throughout your job search. Presented by Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community; to register, call Laurie at 753-6612. The course runs Feb. 25, Mar. 4 and Mar. 11 from 1–3:30 p.m.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston, is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Training and education fair to be held on Feb. 14