Bangor CareerCenter Offers Programs for Job Seekers in May Bookmark and Share

May 11, 2013

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2013 Contact: Ed Upham, Bangor CareerCenter, 561-4064; Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

Get ready for the job fair on May 14

BANGOR—Residents of Hancock, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties can kick-off their job search at the Bangor CareerCenter and its satellite locations. The May schedule features workshops for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills to increase their employability.

“I encourage people interested in a new job to take advantage of the free assistance that the CareerCenter provides,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Today’s job market is based on the Internet. CareerCenter staff can connect you with 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.

The Bangor regions’s 16th Annual Spring Job Fair will be held on May 14, at the Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road in Bangor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 45 employers will be hiring. The first hour, from 10 to 11 a.m., is dedicated to Veterans only. Dress for interviews and bring copies of your resume.

Eastern Maine Medical Center will be recruiting at the Bangor CareerCenter on May 28, 2013, from 8 to 11 a.m. Bring your resume!

Foreclosure Workshop, May 15, 1:30 to 4 p.m. MaineStream Finance offers counseling when individuals or families are having difficulty paying their mortgage or are facing foreclosure. Attend this workshop to learn about their programs, to include Making Home Affordable (MHA) programs. Discover a range of solutions providing mortgage relief as an alternative to foreclosure. MHA offers programs for the unemployed, refinance options, loan modification and foreclosure alternatives. If necessary, they can help you explore your options regarding foreclosure. If you are interested in finding out more, register for this proactive workshop at the CareerCenter’s front desk or call 207-561-4050 to reserve a seat. If we do not have enough people for the workshop, names and contact numbers will be provided to MaineStream Finance for individual services.

GateWay to Employment: This recurring workshop provides an overview of resumes, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community services that are available during your job search.
- Bangor—Every Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Ellsworth—Every Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m. at the EMDC office (call for seating; space is limited: 610-1521). - Dover—first and third Tuesday, 1 to 4 p.m. at the EMDC office (use gym entrance).

Computer Club: Every Tuesday, 8–9 a.m. This interactive class begins with basic computer use for those with no experience. The instructor explains the different parts of a computer and students do a series of exercises to learn how to use the tools. Topics covered: computer components, drives, mouse, keyboard, using a mouse, radio buttons, arrow/finger/text, navigating the Internet, using search engines, and different types of media storage. This is basic, introductory class limited to 10 individuals. To sign up, please visit the Bangor CareerCenter or call 561-4050 or toll free at 1-888-828-0568.

Computer BootCamp: This course is a series of four workshops every month that run in order. It is specifically for customers who have very limited, if any computer skills. Each customer will have a laptop computer to use during each class. Classes are 1.5 hours long and are limited to eight customers. Anyone who takes Workshop 1 through 4 will be “comfortable” using a computer and can access what they need to assist them in finding employment in the CareerCenter Information Center. By the end of the series, each customer will understand the parts of a computer and keyboard and be able to use the Internet, be registered with Maine’s Job Bank, have an active email account and be able to open and send emails. - Week 1: Explores parts of the computer/laptop, the keyboard, using the mouse, the basics of using the Internet and search engines.
- Week 2: Explains email and the importance of an active email address for job seekers. Students will obtain an email address and learn to send and receive email. - Week 3: Covers Maine Job Bank registration and use including maintaining and editing your account, searching for jobs, accepting referrals and changing/editing your information and job search profile. - Week 4: Demonstrates how to complete online applications, and staff will ensure that all students can log in and access their email and Maine Job Bank accounts.

Interviewing Workshop: Held the fourth Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon. This interactive workshop covers preparing for an interview, making first impressions, different types of interviews and interview questions and following up with thank-you letters. Limited to 20 participants per session. To sign up, please call the Bangor CareerCenter at 561-4050 or 1-800-828-0568.

Resume Workshop: First and third Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon. Provides the information and tools you need to successfully create your own resume. Learn how to use key words and phrases to catch an employer’s attention. Discover websites that identify skills and abilities of different types of jobs and learn how to produce the resume that will work for you. Open to everyone. To sign up, please call the Bangor CareerCenter at 561-4050 or 1-800-828-0568.

CareerCenter Services in Ellsworth - A CareerCenter consultant visits Ellsworth every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon to meet with customers by appointment. Location: Eastern Maine Development Corp. (EMDC), Ellsworth Higher Education Center, Mill Mall in Ellsworth.
- GATEways to Employment workshops are held in Hancock County every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the EMDC office, Mill Mall in Ellsworth.

CareerCenter Services in Sullivan: A CareerCenter Consultant visits Sullivan the first and third Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon to meet with customers by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call (888)-828-0568 or TTY (800)-498-6711. Location: Sullivan Town Hall, 1888 US Highway 1, Sullivan.

CareerCenter Services in Dover-Foxcroft: - A CareerCenter consultant visits Dover-Foxcroft every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. - GATEways to Employment workshops are held in Piscataquis County on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. The workshop is held at EMDC, Morton Avenue School, Dover-Foxcroft

CareerCenter Services in Dexter: A CareerCenter Consultant visits Dexter the first and third Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. To schedule an appointment, please call (888)-828-0568 or TTY (800)-498-6711. Location: Town of Dexter, 23 Main Street in Dexter.

CareerCenter Services in East Millinocket: 9 a.m. to noon and 1–3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at EMDC, One Industrial Drive, Suite 2 in East Millinocket; 746-9608 or 1-800-777-8173 and fax: 746-9439; TTY users call 1-800-498-6711.

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). 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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Get ready for the job fair on May 14