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

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering free programs throughout August and will be offering a mini job fair on August 4. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston. More than ten employers will be hiring at the fair.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

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, . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

GATEway to Employment – August 7 or August 21, 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: "LinkedIn and Your Job Search" –August 7, 9 a.m. to noon – Are you using LinkedIn to its fullest capacity? Are you finding job leads on it? Are you engaging in conversations through LinkedIn? Is your LinkedIn profile getting the attention you want? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. We will have a few laptops available for your use but if you have a laptop or tablet, please bring it so that you can access your account during the workshop.

Applications and Resumes for Non/Limited English Speakers – August 14, 9 to 11 a.m. – This workshop will be offered in Somalia and will cover job applications and resumes.

Resumes & Interview Skills – Part I – August 14, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and August 20, 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 August 14 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register. The August 20 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 – August 8, 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.

Mock Job Interviews – August 12, 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.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #2: "The Top Ten Worst Job Search Tips Ever" – August 21, 9 a.m. to noon – This workshop will certainly be entertaining but most importantly, you will gain information and insights critical to a successful job search. Presented by Melissa Suey, Career and Leadership Coach, Red Sky Leadership.

Job Search Skills – August 28, 10 a.m. to noon – 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.

Career Decision Making – August 4 and 8, and August 18 and 22 – 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

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.

Introduction to Self-Employment – August 21, 10 a.m. to noon – This introductory two-hour workshop will help you decide if self-employment is right for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed to get started, the major elements of a business plan and the many resources avail to help you.

Orientation for People with Disabilities – August 27, 2 to 3:30 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, .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.