September Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

September 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2017

Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094

Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

LEWISTON – The Lewiston CareerCenter continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

“Maine reached an all-time high in payroll jobs this year, and our unemployment rate has been under 4.0 percent for 22 consecutive months,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “There is no better time to find work than now, especially as we head into the fall hiring season. Maine CareerCenters can help you update your resume, practice interview skills, or connect you with education or training, and you may qualify for free tuition. Our employers need you. Make yourself standout from other applicants—take the first step and contact your closest CareerCenter.”

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Lewiston unless otherwise noted.

Career Decision Making – Friday, September 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals.

Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop – Thursday, September 14, 10 a.m. to noon

This introductory workshop will help you decide whether self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. Register by calling 753-9005.

Orientation for People with Disabilities – Wednesday, September 27, 2 to 3 p.m.

For people who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration not required.

New Mainers Workshop – Thursday, September 28, 9 to 11 a.m.

How to complete paper and online job applications. Somali interpreter will be on hand. If other language interpreters are needed, please request by September 15 by calling 753-9005.

Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop – Thursday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 draft resume with staff assistance. Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink. Must be able to type your own resume.

Interview Skills / Mock Interviews – Thursday, September 28, 2 to 4 p.m.

Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview of interview skills and employer expectations and will also include mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback, and observe other participants!

Gateway to Employment – Every Wednesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Learn how the CareerCenter can help you! Provides an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills, as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search.

Training Orientation – Call to schedule

An overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services, this workshops is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider the “Job Search Skills” workshop. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register for the Lewiston location.

Training Projects

Manufacturing Training: Learn detailed entry-level skills to be qualified for many jobs in manufacturing; work with NTI staff. Earn Certification upon completion and interviews with hiring businesses. Contact the front desk for more details.

CNA Training. Receive Healthcare WorkReady Certification and CNA certification. Contact the CareerCenter front desk for more information

Essentials of College Planning for Adults – Call to schedule

Basic steps for successful college enrollment: Learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. To register, call: 1-800-281-3703. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

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.

The Lewiston CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison way in Lewiston, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 753-9005 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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