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Maine CareerCenters are the place to start when you're looking for your first job, your next job, a better job, or a whole new career. Connect with your closest CareerCenter and ask about any of the services below. Support services may also be available to assist with child care, transportation and tuition, as well as referals to resources for housing, starting your own business, and healthcare insurance.
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Maine CareerCenters provide a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. When you visit your local CareerCenter you have access to computers, wireless internet access (WiFi), and knowledgeable staff who are ready to help you with your job search.
- Take part in monthly, interactive workshops on job search, resume writing, and more.
- Speak with employers face-to-date at on-site job fairs.
- Access the Internet to search for jobs.
- Write your resume using our computers and software.
- Find information on training and education opportunities.
- Schedule time to speak with Career Counselors for assessment of what services will best fit your needs.
Contact your closest Careercenter to learn more or to ask about specialized services for veterans, older workers, young people, laid-off workers, people exploring a career change and people with disabilities.
You do not need to be claiming unemployment benefits or be out of work to use our services.
Our Job Hunting in Maine resource is a book filled with tips and techniques to make your search go faster and be more successful. After reading through Job Hunting in Maine, you should come away with the latest tips and techniques to enhance your job search, and an introduction to CareerCenters located throughout the state and how you can use the services available to you.
View and download under Online Resources to the right, and find the PDF and Microsoft Word versions on our Library page.
The CareerCenter has information about a wide variety of programs and services to assist people in transition between jobs or careers. The Info Center within each CareerCenter offers resources such as telephones, computers, printers, photocopiers, newspapers and Internet access are made available to you at no charge provided you are using them for employment or training research purposes. Your Information Center staff-person can provide referrals and information on how to apply for services from many different local programs.
- Starting Your Own Business
- Vocational Rehabilitation Information
- Housing Information
- Child Care Information
- Unemployment Compensation Information
- Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) Information
- Tutoring For The Hi-Set (GED) Exam
- Health Care / Affordable Care Act Information
- General Assistance Program Information & Referrals
- Veteran Services Information
- College Financial Aid Information & FASFA Workshop Referrals
- Apprenticeship Information
- On-the-Job-Training Information and Referrals
Anyone can come into a local CareerCenter and access the Information Center, review job postings, or attend workshops. If you've recently been laid off and are in need of additional support, Maine CareerCenters have special services for eligible participants that can help you get re-employed or into training for a new career.
Workers who lose their jobs or have their hours or wages reduced because of foreign trade may be eligible for trade benefits under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), and Trade Readjustment Allowances programs.
If you find yourself in either situation contact your local CareerCenter to schedule an initial assessment.
Also see Special Programs for Laid-Off Workers.
Many CareerCenter services are considered to be self-directed, meaning they can be completed without staff assistance. Assistive technology and accessibility equipment are available in each CareerCenter. Our employees are always available to help answer your questions and provide you with accommodations upon request. Begin by contacting your closest CareerCenter.
If your disability is a barrier to employment, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may be the appropriate choice for you. In partnership with the Maine CareerCenters and the rehabilitation community, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities through its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) , Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI), and Division for Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafness (DHHLD). To learn more about how VR can help you, ask to speak to a counselor at your local CareerCenter.
Are you receiving SSI or SSDI benefits and interested in going to work? The Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services is an approved Employment Network under the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program. Currently, all CareerCenters throughout the State are accepting Tickets.
Maine CareerCenters can work with you to set goals, find training for eligible participants, and identify financial resources to make your plan possible.
Find Training / Education Programs in Maine that would qualify as approved training for unemployment.
Competitive Skills Scholarship Program is open to qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in the state. Applications for CSSP are accepted at Maine's CareerCenters either during a Statewide open application period or as openings occur in specific counties.
Your local CareerCenter and affiliate sites offer specialized employment and training services for Veterans. If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces, your local CareerCenter representative can help you receive help finding a job, obtain new skills, and get matched with other state or federal resources available to veterans. Veterans are a priority for all CareerCenter services at all levels. Veterans and eligible spouses are given priority of service for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services provided under most Maine Department of Labor- funded programs.
Youth programs are designed to prepare young adults for academic and employment success. You can access employment, education, training, and support services to help you succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Our services help Maine’s young people set goals and develop career pathways. We strive to connect you with the skills needed for jobs in demand.
Youth Services Providers provide career-related services, funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to youth. Search Youth Services Providers on Maine JobLink.
For more information, connect with an American Job Center partner or OneStop CareerCenter near you.
If you are under 16 and want a job, you can find information on how to get a work permit in Maine by visiting the Maine.gov/labor website.