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

June 3, 2013

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2013
Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON—The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering many programs in June for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills to increase their employability this spring.

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.

“Maine’s Job Bank, a free online service for both employers and job seekers, has hit a record number of open jobs since it launched in 2008,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “I encourage both businesses and people looking for a new job to take advantage of this no-cost service. More than 6,000 jobs ranging from entry level to managerial and professional are listed in all parts of the state.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 753-9005. To learn more, “like” the Lewiston CareerCenter on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lewiston-CareerCenter/137045791777 . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

Each week, there will be at least one employer at the CareerCenter that is hiring. Check the Lewiston CareerCenter page at www.mainecareercenter.com for the employers and the exact dates and times in June.

GATEway to Employment— Thursdays, June 6, 20 and 27 and Friday, June 14, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This 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. Registration not required.

June 6: LinkedIn—Many employers are using LinkedIn to search for, and screen, candidates. Are you using LinkedIn for your job search? Are you using it effectively? Do you know what employers are looking at when they view your profile? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this is a must attend workshop.

June 20: Public Speaking (a.k.a. Job Interviews): A job interview is very much like public speaking—and most people fear public speaking more than death! This workshop will help you gain the skills—and confidence—you need to bring success to your interviews.

Job Search Skills—June 17, 1 to 3 p.m. 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!

Resumes and Interview Skills Part I—Two sessions: June 13, 9 to 12:30 p.m. at the CareerCenter, and June 20, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Auburn Public Library. To register for the Auburn Library session, call 333-6640.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.

Resumes Part II—June 25, 9 to 11 a.m. 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.

Mock Job Interviews—June 24, 1 to 3 p.m. 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. Registration required.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History—June, 9 to 10 a.m. Do you have a criminal back ground? 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 suggestions about where best to seek employment that will lead to a successful job search.

Career Decision Making—This is a two-part workshop. Two sessions offered; session one is June 10 and June 14, and session two is June 24 and 28. The workshop’s 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.

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 at 4 Western Avenue (Chamber of Commerce Building), South Paris. For more information and dates and times, 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 June (June 5, 12, 19 and 26), 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Orientation for People with Disabilities—June 21, 1 to 2:30 p.m. This orientation is for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

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. 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.

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