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

August 2, 2013

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2013
Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

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

“There will be several jobs fairs held across the state this fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “August is a great time to improve your resume and to prepare for those job fair interviews. CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers.”

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.

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 August.

Employers Recruiting— Each week, there will be at least one employer at the CareerCenter who is hiring. Check our website at www.mainecareercenter.com (Lewiston page) for exact days, times and employers.

Staff Management will be at the Lewiston Center every Wednesday in August from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. recruiting for production positions.

Veterans Workshop— “So, You’ve Been Unemployed for More Than 6 Months, Now What?” August 26, 9 a.m. to noon. We will explore job search, resume and interview strategy and pitfalls. Looking at the places where your job search is “stopping” is a great place to determine new strategies to use that will bring success to your search. This workshop is for Veterans only. To register, e-mail john.w.wagerner@maine.gov

GATEway to Employment— Thursdays, 1 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. to 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.

August 1: “Job Search Lessons Learned” Spend two-hours with self-employed professional speaker, trainer, and coach Tom Dowd as he provides an uplifting keynote address on self-awareness, belief, and action, followed by an open dialog based on personal lessons learned in Tom’s own full-time employment search.

August 15: “The Pros and Cons of Business Ownership” Have you been considering starting your own business? Are you familiar with the resources available to you? Dante will provide the information you need to get started in your decision making or give valuable information and resources if you have already decided to start your own business. Presenter: Dante Vespignani, Entrepreneur’s Source

Job Search Skills— August 7, 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: August 8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the CareerCenter, and August 28, 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— August 20, 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— August 28, 9 to 11 a.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— August 2, 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 August 5 and 9, and session two is August 19 and 23. 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 August (August 7, 14, 21 and 28) 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m..

Orientation for People with Disabilities—August 16, 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.

Introduction to Self-Employment—August 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m. This introductory two-hour workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed to get started, the major elements of a business plan and the many resources available to help you succeed! 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. 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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