17th Annual Spring Career Fair to be held May 28 in Bangor Bookmark and Share

May 23, 2014

Contact(s): Ed Upham, Bangor CareerCenter Manager, 561-4050; Julie Rabinowitz, Communication Director, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

BANGOR––The Bangor CareerCenter, Maine Army National Guard, Bangor Daily News, and Hero 2 Hired are partnering on the 17th Annual Spring Career Fair to be held on Wednesday, May 28 at the Spectacular Events Center, 395 Griffin Road in Bangor. The career fair, open from 9 a.m. to noon, offers job seekers the opportunity to meet with 75 exhibitors and have their resume professionally critiqued.

"Searching for work is a full-time activity, but you don't have to go it alone," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with the services our CareerCenters provide, several other resources are available in your community for training, education and volunteering. Sometimes all we need is a hand up, and the Annual Spring Career Fair in Bangor is a good place to start."

Veterans will also be able to meet one-on-one with professional staff who can help them use their military experience to become licensed in such fields as electrician, plumbing, stationary steam engineer, boiler operator, oil/propane/natural gas, solid fuel technician or commercial driving.

"I want to encourage our area veterans to take advantage of the occupational skills assessment program that will be available at this career fair in Bangor," added Governor LePage. "Career counselors will be on hand to help you apply for careers in the trades and help you transfer your military skills for civilian jobs. We thank you for your service to our nation. Providing this support is one way in which we show our appreciation."

Participating employers include Aquatic Development, athenahealth, Augusta Electrical JATC, Bangor Area Staffing Solutions, Bangor Daily News, Bank of America, Beal College, Blueberry Broadcasting, Bonney Staffing, Branches, Care and Comfort, Catholic Charities Maine, Central Maine Community College, Charlotte White Center, Cianbro, DISH Network, Eastern Maine Community College, Eastern Maine Health System/Eastern Maine Medical Center, Employment Specialists of Maine, Hollywood Casino, Home Care for Maine, Home Depot, Jackson Laboratory, Kelly Services, Kennebec Valley Community College, Kidspeace National Centers of New England, Labor Ready, Living Innovations, Lowe's, Lynch Logistics, Maine Air National Guard, Maine Army National Guard, Maine Department of Corrections, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Educational Opportunity Center, Maine Revenue Services, Maine Staffing Group, Manpower, MAS Home Care of Maine, MCD Communities, NAMI Maine, New England Home Health Care, NFI North, Northeast Safety, Northeast Technical Institute, Northern Maine Community College, OHI, MERT Enterprises, Penobscot Community Health Care, Penobscot Home Performance, Penobscot Job Corps, Providence Human Services, R.H. Foster Energy, Rite Aid, The Schwan Food Co., Sears, Securitas Security Services USA, SequelCare of Maine, Southern Maine Community College, Springborn Staffing Services, Skills Inc., St. Joseph Healthcare, Sullivan Tire, Time Warner Cable, Tradesmen International, UCP of Maine, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, Verizon, Wal-Mart, Winterberry Heights and Woodlands Senior Living.

Job seekers should come dressed for a job interview with several copies of their resume and be prepared to have an interview-like conversation with employers. Work-search tips are available in the CareerCenter's guide, Job Hunting in Maine, available at http://www.mainecareercenter.com/docs/JobHuntingin_ME.pdf .

The 17th Annual Spring Career Fair is sponsored by athenahealth, Woodlands Senior Living, Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Walmart, Charlotte White Center, Verizon, the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Maine Military and Community Network, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Eastern Maine Development Corporation and the Maine Department of Labor.

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 561-4050 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 45 Oak Street, Suite 3 in Bangor 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.