May 27, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2016 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009
LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering no-cost programs throughout June to help job seekers improve skills and get back into the workforce.
“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.”
Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 207-753-9005. 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.
Job Fair: June 6, 10 a.m. to Noon,
More than 30 employers, all of whom are hiring, will be on hand to talk with job seekers. Be prepared with a resume and to have an “interview-like” conversation and dress to impress!
Job Search Skills/Criminal History: June 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
The first hour, open to everyone, 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!
The second hour will be for those with a criminal history and will focus on how to sell your skills rather than your background, tips on answering difficult questions and ideas to encourage employers to give you a chance. Registration required.
Resumé Basics and Build a Resumé Workshop: June 23, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lewiston CareerCenter, and June 22, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Lewiston Public Library
Learn the basic do’s and don’ts of resume writing; how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself—on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. Computers will be available and you will be able to compose a resume with staff assistance. Participants must be able to type your own resumé.
Interview Skills/Mock Interviews: June 16, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and to get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview and mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback and observe other participants!
New Mainers Workshop: How to Complete Paper and Online Job Applications: June 23, 9 to 11 a.m.
Somali interpreters will be on hand. If other language interpreters are needed, please request by June 10, 2016 at 753-9005.
Curious About Career Options?
Career Decision Making: June 13 (part I) and June 17 (part II), 9 a.m. to noon
A two-part workshop designed to help you review the factors involved in making career decisions, the assessment tools used and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals (Must do required assessments before second day of workshop). Registration required.
Training and Education Resources and Information
This overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services, is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider the “Job Search Skills” workshop.
Call 207-753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register. If you live in the South Paris area, call 207-743-7763 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 colleges and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment. Register by calling 1-800-281-3703.
Orientation for People with Disabilities – June 22, 2 to 3 p.m.
For people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. 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 207-753-9005 (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 7:30 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.