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May 11, 2013
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2013
Contact: Anita Dunham, Skowhegan CareerCenter, 474-4950; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009
Computer, Resume and Interview Workshops
SKOWHEGAN— Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. If you are interested in getting a new job or changing careers, the Skowhegan CareerCenter’s May programs can get you started.
“I encourage people to take advantage of the free assistance that Maine’s CareerCenters provide jobseekers,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “The job market is today is based on the Internet. CareerCenter staff can connect you with today’s job search tools, like email addresses and tips on filling out online applications.”
All businesses looking to hire and people looking for work should register with the Maine Job Bank. This month the Job Bank has approximately 23,000 registered job seekers and more than 5,000 job openings. There is no cost to create a profile if you are a job seeker or to list a job if you are an employer.
Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.
GATEway to Employment—Mondays, May 6 and 20, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop will provide you more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the “hidden job market,” identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.
Resume 1 and Cover Letter Writing—Tuesday, May 7, 1 to 3:30 p.m. This workshop provides valuable tips on cover letters, resume writing, the contents and format and much more. Learn to make a new, highly effective resume using the techniques taught in this workshop.
Successful Interviewing Skills—May 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Discussion of the purpose of the interview, types of interviews and general preparation for interviews. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer then with confidence.
Resume 2—Thursday, May 16, 1 to 3 p.m. Now that you have learned the basics in the Resume 1 workshop, sign up for the Resume 2 session. Bring your resume on a thumb drive—we’ll help you take it from good to great! Reserve your spot to work on a laptop computer and receive guidance from the experts.
Effective Communication Skills—Tuesday, May 21, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Discover your own communication style and be able to recognize the style of others. Communicating clearly can help improve your relationship with supervisors, coworkers, friends and family.
Open Computer Lab—Thursday, May 23, 1 to 3:00 p.m. Reserve your spot to use one of the laptop computers and receive one-on-one help with Basic Computer Skills 101, Maine’s Job Bank registration and other job search tutorials.
Set your Goals—Tuesday, May 28, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Manage your time! Set goals! When you know how to manage your time effectively, you can achieve personal and professional success.
Essentials of College Planning for Adults—Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The financial aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Bring last year’s income tax forms to this appointment. Please call 1-800-281-3703 to pre-register. This session is held at the DHHS offices located next door to the CareerCenter. It is the same building but enter through the DHHS doors.
CareerCenter Group Application Session—Mondays, May 6, 13, and 20. All sessions start at 2 p.m. Our CareerCenter Consultants assist people with their job searches, career decision making and training plans. If you are interested in obtaining more one-on-one assistance from a CareerCenter Consultant, then this workshop is for you. Contact the CareerCenter at 474-4950 to get the list of required documents to bring to this session.
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 474-4950 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Suite 20, Skowhegan, is open 8 a.m. to 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.