April 30, 2010
Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman has announced the launch of a newly redesigned Maine CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com.
The new site comes as the state and national economy appears to be stabilizing. For the first time in nearly two years, the Maine economy began adding jobs in the last quarter – a result of small successive gains in January, February and March. The website includes a variety of employment and training resources designed to connect employers who have job openings now or anticipate hiring in the future with qualified job seekers who are looking for work.
“More than ever, workers and employers are using our website as a virtual CareerCenter,” said Fortman. “The website includes a number of upgrades to make those services more accessible to the public.”
In addition to a fresh new design and improved functionality, the website has been reconfigured to make content easier to find and use. Information is organized by audience, not only for job seekers and employers, but for other specialized groups such as veterans, young people and people with disabilities. New “Quick Find” links take users directly to the most sought after information and resources.
The centerpiece of the site is Maine’s Job Bank, an online job posting and job search system where employers can upload and manage job postings at no cost, and workers can search for jobs that match their qualifications and preferences. Nearly three-thousand Maine jobs are currently posted on Maine’s Job Bank and the service attracts visits from thousands job seekers each week.
Users will also find an interactive map of CareerCenter regions and full-service locations, with information about local workshops, job fairs, and education and training resources.
“Whether you are looking to improve your job qualifications, explore a different profession, find a new career or hire an employee, the first place to start is the CareerCenter website,” Fortman said.
The statewide CareerCenter system consists of 12 full-service locations with additional service points and partner providers located around the state.
CareerCenter services to for employers include worker recruiting, use of interviewing rooms, screening and assessment, workforce information and training resources. Job seekers can receive one-on-one assistance with their job search or participate in one of many regularly scheduled workshops on résumé writing, interview skills, self employment, college planning, and job hunting. Veterans’ representatives are available to provide counseling on programs and benefits available to qualified veterans. Specialized employment services are also offered to assist people with disabilities in finding or keeping a job. The CareerCenter also provides information on training and health care benefits available to job seekers and workers.
For information on CareerCenter programs and services, or to find a CareerCenter location near you, visit www.mainecareercenter.com or call 1-888-457-8883 (TTY: 1-800-794-1110.)