September 4, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 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 September.
"I urge those looking for careers in this tight labor market to visit any CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They provide resources and services that will assist you in improving your resume and preparing for job interviews."
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops and events are held at the Augusta CareerCenter, co-located with Maine Department of Labor at 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta. To register for sessions held at the Augusta CareerCenter, call 624-5120.
Federal Job Search - Thursday, September 6, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Would you like to work for the Federal Government? Maybe obtain a job at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta? Apply on usajobs.gov. Learn the application process that is required for Federal Government positions posted on usajobs.gov.
Computer Basics - Wednesday, September 12, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
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 JobLink website. Class is one-on-one; sign up early to reserve your spot.
Interview Skills - Wednesday, September 12, 1 to 4 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. Class is one-on-one. Sign-up early to reserve your spot.
CareerCenter at Educare and the Waterville Public Library, Tuesday, September 18
These 2-hour, hands-on workshops, will provide assistance with learning more about training money available, signing up for Maine JobLink, searching for jobs, working on resumes, and applying for jobs. Will also discuss various resources found at your local CareerCenters, including Maine JobLink, the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP), Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth Employment and the Steps to Success, as well as addressing eligibility requirements associated with some of these programs.
If you are or know someone who could use assistance in help in paying for training, preparing for, seeking, securing, and/or maintaining employment please come to these valuable sessions held every other Tuesday of the month at both Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville, from 8-9:45, and the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St., from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, every other Tuesday of the month. Learn how the Maine Department of Labor CareerCenters helps those seeking employment and training. These sessions are offered as drop-in classes; no sign-up required.
Resume Writing - Thursday, September 20, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
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. Class is one-on-one. Sign up early to reserve your spot.
Starting a Business - Wednesday, September 26, 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.
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, http://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.