Over 7,700 Job Listings Were Available on the Maine Job Bank through May Bookmark and Share

June 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2014

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

Registered job seekers accepted more than 13,159 referrals from the job matching feature in May.

AUGUSTA—As workforce conditions in Maine continue to improve, so, too, do the number of jobs available on the Maine Job Bank, at www.mainecareercenter.com . About 8,000 active positions are now available for Maine's citizens who are seeking employment.

"More employers and job seekers are connecting on the Maine Job Bank for new jobs and careers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Both the job-search counseling and the workshops available at no charge at your local CareerCenter can help you get and be better prepared for that interview call."

Overall, May saw 4,439 new jobs activated and 4,150 closed for a net gain of 329 positions. There were 7,773 total job listings available as of May 31.

All job listings on the Maine Job Bank have been posted within the last 90 days, including with Maine Fair Trade Lobster in Prospect Harbor who is hiring 40 production workers.

Since July 1, 2013, 1,347 employers have registered to use the Job Bank as a recruiting tool in finding qualified job applicants. The number of new employers registering for the site increased in May by 190.

Jobs are posted every day by Maine employers and dedicated staff at the Department of Labor. The team at the Department of Labor reviews each employer who registers and their respective postings before activating the job live on the site. CareerCenter staff follow up with employers after two weeks to review the listing's response, make any adjustments or take the listing down when filled.

The Maine Job Bank includes a custom matching system that connects the requirements of the job opening with the skills and experience of a job seeker. Registered job seekers have accepted more than 13,159 of these referrals; accepting the referral is the first step in applying for the job. Those who register for a free job seeker account will be able to add their resume, enter their skills and experience and create email alerts to receive jobs that most closely match their profile.

The Maine Job Bank is one of many no-charge services provided by the CareerCenters; all services and workshops help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment.

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The Maine Job Bank incorporates a high level of security and user confidentiality and is put through rigorous testing for ADA compliance.

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