January 4, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 4, 2022
CareerCenter January Hiring Events and Online Services
MAINE - The Maine Department of Labor's CareerCenters, together with its partners, offers many services to help people find employment or upgrade skills, and help employers find qualified workers.
Due to COVID-19, CareerCenters quickly transitioned to providing services primarily virtually in order to expand access and protect the health of customers, communities, and staff. The reach of the CareerCenters has expanded during the pandemic through enhancement of virtual and online services like LiveChat, the CareerCenter hotline, and through partnerships with several Maine libraries.
Through January 17, 2022, CareerCenters will continue to focus on virtual employment services and related assistance. To access services, please contact us via the CareerCenter hotline (207-623-7981 or 888-457-8883 or Maine Relay 11), through LiveChat - https://www.mainecareercenter.gov/, or email MaineDOL.CareerCenter@maine.gov.
Customized Connections Program: Looking for work today means finding that perfect match. Jobseekers have unique priorities to consider like flexible hours, distance from home or childcare, work environment, unique benefits- and businesses are responding! This is a one-on-one, customized service for everyone, no matter where you are in your career. Tell us what youre looking for in your job search or next step on your career pathway in this 3-minute survey and let us help you make the match! CareerCenter staff will reach out to respondents by phone or email within about 48 hours to get started: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=q6g_QX0gYkubzeoajy-GTo2tKVHytLtNjAaolN0eV1pUNEo5MldMVDhER1FRMFNHNVpJVjlRN0JCQy4u
January Hiring Events:
- January 6, 2021 from 12 to 3 p.m. The former Aroostook Mental Health Center, now AMHC, is hosting a virtual hiring event.
- And more are added all the time!
More information about these hiring events can be found by clicking on the event at https://www.mainecareercenter.com/employment/hiringevents/
The following services and programs are available at no cost to the public: - Career Directions Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfer to todays job market. - Resume & Cover Letter Writing Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. - Effective Interviewing Skills Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips. - Job Search Essentials - This workshop is intended to orient job seekers with the digital tools that have risen in importance - The Career Exploration WorkshopAn extensive and informative three-day workshop offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed for those careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call (207) 753-9000 for more information. - Navigating Hiring Process for Individuals with a Criminal History - Navigating Job Search and Hiring Process for Individuals with a Criminal History - And MORE!
Workshops can be accessed by clicking on them here: https://www.mainecareercenter.com/employment/workshops.shtml
Enhancing Online Services
Mainers adapted quickly to online work and services during the pandemic. In recognition that many people find it easier to interact virtually, MDOL, in close partnership with Maines three Local Workforce Development Boards, will be establishing a virtual American Jobs Center where job seekers and employers can go for all things related to work and the workforce. The virtual American Job Center will be in addition to the 12 physical CareerCenters located across the state.
In September, MDOL was awarded a $2.9 million 'CAREER (Comprehensive and Accessible Reemployment through Equitable Employment Recovery) National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20210929 . This grant will help connect job seekers to employment as the economy continues its recovery from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
This new tool will expand access to services for job seekers and employers most adversely affected by the COVID pandemic. Emphasis will be on ensuring the platform includes the digital improvements and accessibility necessary to reach Maines most vulnerable populations by providing easy to navigate, customer-centric, access to services. Digital improvements will be designed to intentionally expand reach to historically marginalized unemployed populations.
Each of the twelve statewide centers provides public computers with internet access, Microsoft Office, resume/cover letter writing software, and O*Net - https://www.onetonline.org/ software for personal skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and use our online system which matches jobs with candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided at no charge to employers and job seekers. Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service in all Department of Labor programs.