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March 4, 2013

For Immediate Release: March 4
Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

Workshops will help prepare job seekers for the Androscoggin County Job Fair in April

LEWISTON—Taking advantage of training in March may yield a new job in April. The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering a number of programs this month for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills to increase their employability.

The Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce will hold its tenth annual job fair on April 5 at Central Maine Community College (CMCC). More than 50 businesses will participate, and space is still available. The Lewiston CareerCenter will hold special Preparing for a Job Fair workshops at its facility on March 25 and 27 and at CMCC on March 28 from 12:30–2 p.m. to help people get the most out of the job fair.

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 resumes, 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. Registration not required.
- LinkedIn from an Employer’s Perspective, March 7. Learn how you compare to other job seekers on LinkedIn. Learn what employers are looking for, how to increase your visibilityand more with Paul Mosley, President of Penobscot Executive Search LLC, a national recruiting & placement agency.
- Ask Human Resource Professionals and Experts, March 21: Ask about the job search, recruitment, on-line applications, resumes, cover letters, interviews and more. Several HR professionals will be on hand to answer your questions. Get the “inside scoop” for a huge advantage in 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! March 11, 2–4 p.m.

Resumes and Interview Skills Part I—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 March 14, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and one at the Auburn Public Library on March 21, 2–5 p.m. To register for the Auburn Library session, call 333-6640.

Resumes Part II— Bring your new resume and have it reviewed, get feedback and comments so that you can improve it and send it to employers with confidence that it will get noticed! This new workshop follows up Resumes Part I; to register, you must have taken Resumes Part I and have a completed resume. March 20, 1–3 p.m.

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. Two sessions: March 13 and 27, 9–11 a.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. March 8, 9–10 a.m. Call to register.

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. Session one: March 11 and 15; Session two: March 25 and 29.

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 Search Skills” workshop.

Training Orientations are also offered at the South Paris CareerCenter on Tuesday, March 5, 9 a.m. and Thursday, March 21, 1:30 p.m. The orientation will be held at 4 Western Avenue (Chamber of Commerce Building), South Paris, Maine. For more information, call 743-7763 ext. 1.

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 (March 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: March 15, 1–2:30 p.m.

Surviving Unemployment from a Financial Perspective—March 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.

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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Workshops will help prepare job seekers for the Androscoggin County Job Fair in April; new training orientation on South Paris