Monday, February 6, 2017

February Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

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

"Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when looking for a new job or starting a new career," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters' no-cost workshops help you improve your job applications, write a targeted resume, strengthen your interview skills and prepare for our state's many upcoming job fairs. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."

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 - A two-part workshop - Tuesday, February 7, 9 a.m. to noon and Friday,
February 10, 10 a.m. to noon**

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, February 9, 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. To register contact Karleen Andrews at 207-557-1885.

**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, February 16, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**

Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink.

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. Must be able to type your own resume.

**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, February 16, 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!

**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, February 22, 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, February 23, 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, request by February 10.

**Training Orientation - Call to schedule**

This is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services. This 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.

**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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