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

May 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2016 Contact: Peter Diplock, Augusta CareerCenter, 207-624-5183 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA--Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Augusta CareerCenter is offering a variety of programs for job seekers in June.

“Mainers learn new job search skills when they visit their local CareerCenter,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Workshops facilitated by the Department of Labor’s career consultants provide helpful advice and resources to job seekers, from entry level to executive positions. With monthly job fairs and more than 9,500 jobs on the Maine Job Bank, a visit to MaineCareerCenter.com is where Mainers should start or jump start their career search.”

All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 621-5120.

Job Fair - Monday, June 27, 3 to 5 p.m.

Looking for a full-time or part-time/job? The Job fair is no-cost and open to the public! Bring copies of your resume and dress as for an interview. If you are an employer recruiting qualified workers and want to participate, please email steven.l.roy@maine.gov to reserve a space.

Federal Job Search - Wednesday, June 1, 9 to 11 a.m.

Would you like to work for the Federal Government? Maybe obtain a job at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta? Apply on USA JOBS.GOV. Learn the application process that is required for Federal Government positions posted on USAJOBS.gov.

Training program Orientation - Thursday, June 2, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Do you have the skills you need to advance in your career or get a new job? Thinking about education or training options that will help you get ahead? If you qualify, CareerCenters can work with you to set goals, find training, and identify financial resources to make your plan possible. CareerCenters are the providers of Workforce Investment Act (WIOA) services in Maine. If you live in Kennebec County, the Augusta CareerCenter may be able to help.

Gateway to Employment - Friday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This workshop will provide you with more information about the resources the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the “hidden job market,” identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.

Job Search Skills - Monday, June 6, 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!

Computer Basics - Mondays, June 6, 1 to 4 p.m., June 13, 9 to 11 a.m., and June 20, 1 to 4 p.m.

This course is designed for the novice user and will cover the basics to get you “up and running” with your job search. Introduction to the “basics” of computers and typing a document using Microsoft Word, registering and understanding the Maine Job Bank website.

Resume Writing - Wednesdays, June 8 and 22, 9 to 11 a.m.

This workshop provides valuable tips on completing job applications, the importance of cover letters, resume content and formatting, resume writing using computer software programs and much more. Learn why having a great resume is so important in today's job market. A well-written resume can get your foot in the door, and the interview - the next step to employment.

It All Starts Here - Fridays, June 10 and 24, 1 to 3 p.m.

Take the first step towards a great career. In this valuable session you can pinpoint your interests and strengths and find career options that have real potential. This highly validated and reliable vocational assessment is the start in determining your future path or career. Are you investigative? Are you realistic? Are you enterprising or social? This self-directed assessment test will assist in determining a career or vocation choice based upon your personality traits. Find out what types of careers are right for you, right now! “Sometimes you need a change, and sometimes a change is your only option.”

Interview Skills - Monday, June 13, 1 to 3 p.m.

Gain the confidence needed to ace that interview and get the job! Go in thoroughly prepared and positive you are the applicant the employer needs! Interviewing Skills and Techniques Workshop covers communication techniques, before-the-interview research, attitude and appearance, examples of questions you may be asked, what you can ask the employer, post interview follow-up, and more. Discuss all the "DO'S and DON'TS" and what to expect during the process.

Starting a Business - Wednesday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Interested in self-employment? This workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. We will cover the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. Facilitator: Jean Dempster, New Ventures Maine, formerly Women, Work, and Community.

Job Search for People with a Criminal History - Wednesday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? Looking for tips on how to respond to those hard to answer questions? This workshop will help you become a successful job seeker.

About the CareerCenter

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 no cost.

Call (207) 624-5120 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information. The Augusta CareerCenter, located at 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, Augusta, ME, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com.

Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.