October 29, 2012
For Immediate Release: October 29, 2012 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009
LEWISTON—The Lewiston CareerCenter announces November programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills to increase their employability. All sessions are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. The register for the sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 753-9005.
GATEway to Employment—Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during your job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help you!
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. Presenters cover professional development and job-search strategies. Registration not required.
-Nov. 1: Job Search, Resumes and Interview Skills from the Human Resource Professional Perspective. Ashley Adams of Kelly Services and David Pease of Androscoggin Bank will lead this informative conversation and will respond to participants’ questions and concerns about the job search and application process in today’s job search world. This is a “do not miss” workshop—learn from the HR professionals what they are expecting from you as an applicant!
-Nov. 15: The Best Job Search Tips for Professionals: This workshop will offer both information and skill development on time management, goal setting, attitude, life changes and communication skills. Presenter Lee Ann Szelog brings experiences from living in a lighthouse on the Maine coast to a log cabin in the Maine woods; she is professional speaker and award-winning author. Lee Ann transforms her dreams into reality, embraces the simple pleasures of life and helps others pursue their goals with purposeful communication.
The Job Quest: It’s a competitive job market; this job search skills workshop will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! This course will be offered in three locations, choose the time and location most convenient for you. Registration is required. Two sessions will be held at the CareerCenter: Nov. 5, 2–4 p.m. and Nov. 20, 3–5 p.m. and the third session will be held at Central Maine Community College on Nov. 28, 12:15–1:45 p.m.; to register for the CMCC location, call 755-5239.
Job Search, Résumés and Interview Skills: 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. Two sessions will be held, one at the CareerCenter on Nov. 8, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and one at the Auburn Public Library on Nov. 15, 2–5 p.m. To register for the Auburn Library session, call 333-6640.
Mock Job Interviews: 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. Participating in the Resume/Interview Skills workshop is a prerequisite to attending this workshop. Two sessions: Nov. 13, 3–5 p.m. and Nov. 29, 2–4 p.m. Registration required.
Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History: Nov. 8, 9–10 a.m. Do you have a criminal background? 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 identify where best to seek employment that will lead to a successful job search.
Career Decision Making. This two-part workshop will be offered in two separate sessions. The workshops’ 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. Session one: Nov. 5 and 9; Session two: Nov. 19 and Nov. 21. Call to register in advance.
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. Call or speak with CareerCenter staff about the meeting schedule and to register. If you are interested in job search only, consider “The Job Quest” workshop.
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 November (Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28), 10:15–11 a.m.
Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Nov. 16, 1–2:30 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. Sessions are held the third Friday of the month.
Dollars and Sense: Budget Overhaul for Tough Times: Nov. 13, 10 a.m.–noon. Has unemployment or long-term job search put a dent in your wallet? Is it time to consider overhauling your budget in response to tight economic times? This two-hour workshop reviews the basic components for building a budget including money tracking, categorizing expenses, ways to save and cut back, and short-term financial goal setting. Presented by Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community; to register, call Laurie at 753-6612.
Maintaining Self-Confidence during the Job Search: A three–part course: Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 1 –3:30 p.m. Has long-term unemployment got you down? Do you feel your confidence lagging? This course helps you assess your self-confidence and learn some concrete tools that can help you to keep your confidence strong throughout your job search. Presented by Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community; to register, call Laurie at 753-6612.
About the CareerCenters
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.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .
Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.