October Programs for Job Seekers at the Portland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

October 9, 2013

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2013 Contact: Mike Roland, Portland CareerCenter, 347-3250 Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

PORTLAND—The Portland Career Center is the place to begin if you are looking to train for a new career or get a new or better job. The schedule for October features workshops and programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills to increase their employability.

“I encourage people to take advantage of the free assistance that the Portland CareerCenter provides job seekers,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenter staff can help you plan a new career or connect you with today’s job search tools.”

All businesses looking to hire and people looking for work should register with the Maine Job Bank. This month the Job Bank has more than 7,000 job openings. There is no cost to create a profile if you are a job seeker or to list a job if you are an employer.

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Portland CareerCenter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-Career-Center/490380577691525 . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 771-5627.

Gateway to Employment—Tuesdays, 1 to 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 a job search. No registration required, walk-ins welcome.

Unemployed Professionals Group—Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This workshop is a resource for the unemployed, under-employed, and employers seeking individuals looking for work, as well as a useful tool for career exploration. It provides support, job leads, networking and complimentary tickets to area business meetings/functions. Each week a different topic for seeking employment is covered, either through hands-on workshops or employers who come in to address the group on specific issues. No registration required, walk-ins welcome.

Resume/Cover Letter Workshop—Friday, Oct. 4, 9 to 11 a.m. Let our staff show you how to write your resume and cover letter using key words, to highlight the skills/accomplishments that match each job you apply for, to identify “transferable skills” and use O*Net as a resource. Last, learn how to submit your resume by email attachment online. Call 771-5627 to register.

Interviewing Skills—Friday, (date TBD) 9 to 11 a.m. This workshop explores interview preparation techniques. Practice the most commonly asked questions in an interview setting. Call 771-5627 to register.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation—Wednesdays, Oct. 2 and 16, 9:45 to 11 a.m. Vocational Rehabilitation is a statewide program that helps adults and high school adolescents who have disabilities to prepare for, find and keep jobs. This orientation goes over the process on eligibility and how to apply. Call 771-5627 to register.

Maine Educational Opportunity Center— Sessions cover “Help with College Awareness and Planning” as well as “Financial Planning and Financial Assistance.” To register for the next workshop, call 1-800-281-3703.

Women, Work & Community offers several workshops each month. This month's is: Creating Your Future: Career Planning in the New Economy. Oct. 16 through Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This 24-hour course will help you examine your work values and interests, identify your transferable skills, and explore your earning potential. We will learn about local projected growth industries and identify the skills, education, and training needed to build your career. At the end of the class you will have a plan to achieve your career goals. Assistance with resume building and job seeking will also be provided. Two follow-up sessions are scheduled to provide ongoing networking and support. Registration is required, please call 286-1722.

Training Orientation—Oct. 4 and 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Conducted by Goodwill Workforce Solutions, this workshop provides an overview of free training opportunities, federal re-employment programs, and other programs that can provide financial assistance with training. Call 775-5891 to register.

Ex-Offender Interview Workshop—New date: Oct. 9, 5:30 to 8 p.m. If you have a conviction (felony or misdemeanor) on your record and are looking for employment, this workshop can help prepare you for your interview. Call 370-3900 to register.


  • HW Staffing Solutions – Tuesday Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. HW Staffing has an immediate need for first- and second-shift production workers. If you have excellent communication skills and are able to perform in an extremely fast-paced assembly work and cold environment, please apply or stop by the Portland Career Center. Applicants must be able to move 50+ pounds and pass a background check. EOE. Temp-to-hire opportunities and part-time/full-time positions are available. Bring two forms of ID to apply.
  • Formed Fiber Recruitment – Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fed Ex – Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

The Portland CareerCenter, located at 185 Lancaster Street in Portland, is open 8 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at (207) 771-5627 or 1-877-594-5627 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711) or portland.careercenter@maine.gov. Parking is available in lots along the block on Lancaster Street with signs marked Bayside or Government Center. If attending a workshop, do not park in 1-hour parking spaces. You can also park up the street at the Public Market Parking Garage at corner of Elm Street and Cumberland Avenue.

More information is available at 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.