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

May 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009


The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering free programs throughout June and will be offering a mini job fair on June 2. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston. Between five and ten employers will be hiring at the fair. The employers scheduled to participate to date are Western Maine Driving Academy, HW Staffing, Sequel Youth Services, Tradesmen International, and Xerox. Job openings include production, customer service representatives, sheet metal workers and driving instructors.

“As summer hiring ramps up, know that you can find help in your job search at the CareerCenters,” said Governor LePage. “The staff can meet with you individually or in group workshops for skill assessment, resume writing or career planning. Don’t think of summer as a break from your job search—think of it as the perfect time to start or change your career and get the jump on those waiting for fall.”

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.

GATEway to Employment – June 5 and 26, 2 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 to you during your job search. Learn how the CareerCenter can help you! To register call 753-9005.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #1 – June 5, 9 a.m. to noon – Two local employers will discuss your concerns about job search: ageism, references, tips on resumes, interviews, and more. There will be a lengthy Q&A to address your specific job search concerns. Registration not required.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History – June 6, 10 to 11 a.m. – 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 where best to seek employment which will lead to a successful job search.

Job Search Skills – June 10, 1 to 3 p.m. – It’s a competitive job market. This job search skills workshop will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! To register please call 753-9005.

Resumes & Interview Skills – Part I – June 12, 9 a.m. to noon and June 25, 2 to 5 p.m. – 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. The June 12 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register. The June 25 class will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn; call 753-9066 to register.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #2 – June 19, 9 a.m. to noon – Another set of employers will be on hand to discuss your concerns about job search, including a question and answer segment to ensure your questions are addressed. Registration not required.

Resumes Part II – June 24, 1 to 3 p.m. – This workshop supplements our traditional resume workshop. Attendance at Resumes-Part I and a completed resume are required for attendance. In this workshop, the facilitator will review your resume and give feedback and comments so that you can send your resume to employers with confidence that it will get noticed! Please call 753-9005 to register.

Mock Job Interviews – June 25, 2 to 4 p.m. – You have the perfect resume and you are invited to an interview—awesome! Then comes that dreadful thought—“I haven’t interviewed in years” or “I am new to interviewing” or “I have interviewed several times but I am not getting job offers.” Attend this workshop to master the interview! Success comes with practice and practicing in a workshop is risk-free and instructional. Get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview.

Career Decision Making – June 2 and 6, and June 16 and 20 – This two-part workshop reviews the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information gain from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. To register please call 753-9005.

Training & Education Resources and Information

Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP) helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. Applications are screened and determined initially eligible, then they are entered into a random selection process. We will be accepting applications between June 23 and July 3, 2014. Applications will be available on June 19, 2014 at www.mainecareercenter.com and at your local CareerCenter. Several orientations to learn more about the CSSP program will be held the weeks of June 23 and June 30. Please call 753-9005 to register for an orientation.

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. If you are interested in job search only, consider “The Job Search Skills” workshop. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x 1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults – 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. Register by calling 1-800-281-3703. Please bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Orientation for People with Disabilities – June 20, 1 to 2:30 p.m. – For those who are considering vocational rehabilitation services, these sessions are held the third Friday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

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.

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