May 1, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2018.
Contact: Bill Hurley, Augusta CareerCenter, 207-624-5120
Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 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 May.
“Maine had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. in March, and over 4,500 more Mainers are working this year versus the same time last year,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Employers need qualified people to fill many open jobs, so I urge you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter. Our team will help you search for a new or better job, improve your resume writing and interview skills, and get the most out of the job fairs happening right now.”
All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the Augusta CareerCenter, call 624-5120.
Federal Job Search – Wednesday, May 2, 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.
It All Starts Here – Friday, May 4, 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!
Computer Basics – Mondays, May 7 and May 21, 9 to 11 a.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, and registering and understanding the Maine JobLink website.
Interview Skills – Wednesday, May 16, 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.
Resume Writing: Wednesday, May 16, 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.
Starting a Business – Wednesday, May 16, 9 to 11 a.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.
Gateway to Employment – By Appointment Only
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.
Training Program Orientation – Request to Speak with a Consultant
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.
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 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, ME, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.gov.
Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.