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

October 9, 2013

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2013
Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

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

“I encourage people to take advantage of the free assistance that the Lewiston 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 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 . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

Each week, there will be at least one employer at the CareerCenter that is hiring. Check the Lewiston CareerCenter page at http://www.mainecareercenter.com for the employers and their exact dates and times in October.

GATEway to Employment—Meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. GATEway 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. to 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.

Oct. 17: “Standing out from other Candidates in a Highly Competitive Job Market” Do you know what recruiters and hiring managers are expecting to see from you during your job search? Do you know on what they base their judgments and decisions? Hear from a recruiter and learn more about how you can make a great impression. Presented by Kevin LaPointe from Carbonite.

Job Search Skills—Oct. 10, 3:30 to 5 p.m. 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!

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. Two sessions, Oct. 10 at the CareerCenter, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Oct. 23 at the Auburn Public Library, 2 to 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. Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 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. Oct. 18, 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration required.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History—Do you have a criminal back ground? 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 suggestions about where best to seek employment that will lead to a successful job search. Oct. 11, 9 to 10 a.m.

Career Decision Making—This is a two-part workshop for people curious about their career options. 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. Registration required. Two sessions offered; session one is Oct. 7 and 11, and session two is Oct. 21 and 25.

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 at 4 Western Avenue (Chamber of Commerce Building), South Paris, Maine. For more information and dates and times, 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 October (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30), 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Orientation for People with Disabilities—Oct. 18, 1 to 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.

My Money Works: Tools for Smart Money Choices—Are you ready to become more comfortable and confident with money? This five-session class will help you explore your attitudes and beliefs about money. Look at your current financial situation, discuss wise use of credit, and create short- and long-term financial goals. Learn money-management tools and budgeting ideas to help you meet your financial goals. Presented by Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community on Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; to register call Laurie at 753-6612.

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. to 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.