June Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

June 3, 2013

Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

BRUNSWICK—The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, in conjunction with its partners, offers a variety of services that not only help people find employment or upgrade skills but also assist employers in finding qualified workers.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provide public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition the CareerCenters provide internet access and O ’Net software for individual skills assessment. “Maine’s Job Bank, a free online service for both employers and job seekers, has hit a record number of open jobs since it launched in 2008,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “I encourage both businesses and people looking for a new job to take advantage of this no-cost service. More than 6,000 jobs ranging from entry level to managerial and professional are listed in all parts of the state.”

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone at 207-373-4000.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together—Wednesday. June 5, 9:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today’s job market.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop—Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Job Interviewing Workshop—Wednesday, June 19, 9:30 a.m to12:30p.m. Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

GATEways to Employment—Thursdays, June 6 and 20, 9 a.m to noon. Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and the tools you’ll need to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market. (Please note: Maine Job Bank registration/account required.)

PC Bootcamp / For Novice Users— Every Friday, 8:15 to 9 a.m. This workshop covers basic computer components and how to use a mouse. Seating is limited.

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

Essentials of College Planning Workshop—Tuesdays, June 4 and 18, noon to 2 p.m. Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers free workshops for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC’s website, http://meoc.maine.edu .

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 Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 207-373-4000 to reserve a seat in training orientations offered weekly on Monday afternoons.

Job Search Strategies for Mature Workers— Wednesday, June 26, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Focusing on mature workers, this workshop presented by Goodwill Workforce Solutions will jump start your job search by helping you to inventory your skills, design and market your brand, and fill your job search tool kit. It will also help you to find support through connections and stay positive through changes in your working life.

Small Business Start Up Workshop—Wednesday June 26, 1 to 3.p.m. Interested in self-employment? What does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business in which you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a two hour session where Maine Small Business Development Center certified master business counselor, Brad Swanson, will walk you through the keys to successful business startup and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you?
Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer no cost classes for men and women 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 http://www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to both men and women. The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, located at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

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.

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