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

April 13, 2013

For Immediate Release: April 13, 2013
Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON—The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering a number of programs in April for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills to increase their employability this spring.

“I encourage Maine people to take advantage of training that can help you improve your career options,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We want everyone to have access to good jobs.”

All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 753-9005. To learn more, like the Lewiston CareerCenter on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lewiston-CareerCenter/137045791777 .

GATEway to Employment—Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. offers an overview of basic information on résumés, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during a job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help!

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. Registration not required.

  • April 18: Ageism in the Job Search—Is It Real? Join this presentation and dynamic conversation about the realities and myths of ageism in the job search. Learn what you can do to prevent it and overcome objections of age as they are presented in interviews and screening processes.

Job Search Skills—It’s a competitive job market. The job search skills workshops provide the tools needed to be successful in a job search, including strategies to highlight skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! The next session will be held at Central Maine Community College on April 23 from 3:30–5 p.m. Call 755-5239 to register.

Resumes and Interview Skills Part I—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. Held at the Auburn Public Library on April 25, 2–5 p.m. To register for the Auburn Library session, call 333-6640.

Resumes Part II—Bring your new resume and have it reviewed, get feedback and comments so that you can improve it and send it to employers with confidence that it will get noticed! This new workshop follows up Resumes Part I; to register, you must have taken Resumes Part I and have a completed resume. April 19, 10 a.m.–noon.

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. April 24, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Registration required.

Career Decision Making—This is a two-part workshop. The workshop’s 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. April 22 and 26. Registration required.

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. Please call to receive the meeting schedule and to register. If you are interested in job search only, consider “The Job Search Skills” workshop.

Training Orientations are also offered at the South Paris CareerCenter on April 18 at 9 a.m. and April 30 at 1:30 p.m. The orientation will be held at 4 Western Avenue (Chamber of Commerce Building), South Paris, Maine. For more information, call 743-7763 ext. 1.

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 April (April 3, 10, 17 and 24), 10:15–11 a.m.

Orientation for People with Disabilities—This orientation is for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are welcome. Registration not required. Sessions are held the third Friday of the month: April 19, 1–2:30 p.m.

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. 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.