April Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

April 3, 2013

Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

Improve your skills and your resume to kick you job search into high gear

ROCKLAND—The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, will help job seekers spring into a new career this month. In conjunction with its partners, the CareerCenter is offering a variety of programs to help people find employment or upgrade skills and to help employers find qualified workers.

“I encourage Maine people looking to make a change in their career to take advantage of the training provided by our CareerCenters,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Asking for this free assistance with your job search and networking can make a big difference in getting a new or better job.”

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Rockland unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

  • GATEways to Employment—Tuesday, April 2 and 16, 9 a.m.–noon. Designed to help you jumpstart your work search with the latest tips and tools to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market.

  • Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together—Wednesday, April 3, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality and motivation and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing—Wednesday, April 10, 9 a.m.–noon. Explains the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

  • Project You / Job Search for Mature Workers— Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 a.m.–noon. Focusing on workers aged 55 and older, this workshop will help jumpstart your job search by helping you to inventory your skills, design and market your brand and fill up your job search tool kit. It will also help you to find support through connections and stay positive through changes in your working life.

  • Effective Job Interviewing—Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m.–noon. Explore proper interviewing techniques and tips.

  • Training for Employment—Every Monday, 1–2:30 p.m. Learn about federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act. Training program applications will be provided at the end of the workshop. Applicants must be at least 22 years of age.

  • Computer Boot Camp—Every Tuesday, 9–10 a.m. This workshop for novices covers basic computer components and how to use a mouse. This is a limited-seat workshop. Please register in advance.

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations in April:

  • Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from training, contact the Rockland CareerCenter in at 207-596-2600 to reserve a seat in training orientations offered on weekly on Monday afternoons.

  • Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Shelley Taylor in Bath at 207-386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org

The Rockland CareerCenter is located at 91 Camden Street and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; call the CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711.

Each of the state’s twelve CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office and software for writing resumes and cover letters. In addition, the centers provide Internet access and O’Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine Job Bank and take advantage of its online matching system that identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com or call 207-373-4000.

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