Wednesday, December 21, 2016

January Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Wilton, Maine - For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in January. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

"Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available."

**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Thursday, January 5, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.**

This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the first Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

**Employer Expectations-Wednesday, January 11, 1 to 3 p.m.**

The workshop will cover the following topics: Creating a Great Resume, Preparing for Your Interview, Preparing for a New Job. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP.

**Rumford Area Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, January 18, 2 to 4 p.m.**

Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, ME

This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Thursday, January 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.**

This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

**Introduction to Self-Employment-Monday, January 23, 1 to 3 p.m.**

This one-session workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers 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. There is no fee for this class. There is limited class space and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information contact Karleen Andrews at New Ventures Maine, 207-557-1885 or karleen.andrews@maine.edu

**Rumford Area Resume and Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, January 31, 1 to 2:30 p.m.**

Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, ME

Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. "Tough" interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Please call 645-5800 to sign up.

**Small Business Trainings-Call for more information**

Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops:

- "Starting Your Own Small Business" - "Access to Capital" - "Federal and State Resources for Small Business"

Most of these workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card at 622-8555.

**O*Net Ability Profiler- Call for more information**

Call for further information as this workshop requires five or more people to attend.

This is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan work lives using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed, and to identify occupations that fit their strengths.

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 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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