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

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering free programs throughout July and will be offering a mini job fair on July 7. 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.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

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 – July 10 or July 24, 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: "Four Generations in the Workplace" –July 3, 9 a.m. to noon – Whether throughout the application process or in a work setting, you will encounter people from all four generations making up our workforce. Learn more about what drives workers from the different generations: how they think and how they approach work and life. What you learn could very well impact your job search and your success in your next position. We will also discuss LinkedIn and how to use it effectively in job search. Bring your laptop or tablet to access your LinkedIn profile during this conversation.

Resumes & Interview Skills – Part I – July 10, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and July 23, 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 July 10 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register. The July 23 class will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn; call 753-9066 to register.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History – July 11, 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.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #2: Displacement Day: When My Job Was Looking for Job...A Reference Guide to Finding Work – July 17, 9 a.m. to noon – Thomas Dowd received the call nobody wanted: “We’re downsizing.” What could have been a devastating day, immediately turned into a journey toward this next book, which was released in March. The award-winning author found the inspiration to start the learning process all over again to land in a better place in just 59 days by using methods he teaches others from his coaching and training experience. This meeting will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn. A short presentation, book reading and discussion on the job-search process, followed by a book signing.

Job Search Skills – July 24, 9 to 11 a.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.

Mock Job Interviews – July 15, 9 to 11 a.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.

Maintaining Self-Confidence – July 22 and 29, 10 a.m. to noon – Has long-term unemployment got you down? Do you feel your confidence lagging? Attend this three-session class to help you assess your self-confidence and learn some concrete tools that can help you to keep your confidence strong throughout your job search. Call Laurie at 753-6612 to register.

Career Decision Making – July 7 and 11, and July 21 and 25 – This two-part workshop reviews the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information gained 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 are available at http://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 – July 18, 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.