July 29, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009
ROCKLAND—The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.
“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.”
The Rockland CareerCenter continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Rockland CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RocklandCareerCenter or call 596-2600.
The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Rockland unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.
GATEways to Employment: Tuesday, August 5 and 19, 9 a.m. to noon Designed to help you jump-start your work search with the latest tips and tools to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market.
Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, August 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Wednesday, August 13, 9 a.m. to noon Understand your personality type as an aid to choosing a career. This workshop requires you to complete a paper quiz at the CareerCenter at least one week before.
Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Wednesday, August 20, 9 a.m. to noon Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.
Effective Interviewing Skills: Wednesday, August 27, 9 a.m. to noon Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.
Job Seekers' Group: Monday, August 11 and 25, 9 to 10:30 a.m. An informal group where job seekers can share ideas and assistance. No sign-up necessary, just show up.
Computer Boot Camp: Tuesday mornings Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce basic computer skills to people who have not used one before.
The Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:
Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Rockland CareerCenter in at 596-2600 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every other week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested in will be made available at the end of the orientation. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.
Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offers no-cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Shelley Taylor in Bath at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to all interested parties.
Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O ’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.
Rockland CareerCenter is at 91 Camden St. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and can be reached at 596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.