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October Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:28:42 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2016 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide Internet access and O-Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers."Our employers are looking to hire workers right now," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Job fairs are being held all over the state. Maine CareerCenters can help you attend a job fair, improve your resume and be prepared for interviews. I encourage you to visit your closest CareerCenter, our team is ready to connect you with good employers."The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Tuesday, October 4, 12:30 to 2:30 p.mIntroduction to services for job seekers who have a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together- Thursday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today's job market.Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Thursday, October 13, 9 a.m to noonShows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.Effective Interviewing Skills - Thursday, October 20, 9 a.m. to noonDedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, October 27, 9 a.m. to noonDesigned to help you with the latest tips and ideas to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market.Computer Boot Camp - Tuesday morningsArrange time with staff. Designed to introduce the computer to people who have not used one before.Rockland CareerCenter also features sessions led by our partner organization.Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 25 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Rockland CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative. Interested applicants between 16 and 24 years of age should contact the Workforce Solutions office at 930-7047.New Ventures Maine offers no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call their Brunswick Administrative office at 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org . Greater Rockland office located at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite #402 Rockland, Maine 04841.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "Rockland CareerCenter." To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter."Rockland CareerCenter is located at 91 Camden St., Suite 201. It is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays through Fridays except on holidays, and can be reached at 207-596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxi[...]



October Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:24:01 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2016 Contact: Pat Curtiss, Wilton CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009WILTON-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 October. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800."Our employers are looking to hire workers right now," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Job fairs are being held all over the state. Maine CareerCenters can help you attend a job fair, improve your resume and be prepared for interviews. I encourage you to visit your closest CareerCenter, our team is ready to connect you with good employers." Employer Expectations-Wednesday, October 5, 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.Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation- Thursday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.This orientation is for people with disabilities, who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation services. Registration is not required. Essentials of College Planning for Adults- October 27, 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.Small Business Trainings- Call for more informationSmall 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 informationO*Net is a career exploration tool that helps individuals plan work livelihoods 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 an individual's strengths. Please call if interested; this workshop requires five or more participants to run. Rumford Area Resume and Interviewing Skills- Tuesday, October 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m.Held at Region 9 MexicoExplore 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. Call 645- 5800 to register.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.- [...]



October Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:23:19 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2016 Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009 BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine Job Link and take advantage of our on-line matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. "Our employers are looking to hire workers right now," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Job fairs are being held all over the state. Maine CareerCenters can help you attend a job fair, improve your resume and be prepared for interviews. I encourage you to visit your closest CareerCenter, our team is ready to connect you with good employers."The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.com or call 207-373-4000. The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together - Wednesday, October 5, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Explore your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today's job market.Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, October 6, 9 a.m to noonDesigned to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market. Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop - Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. Effective Job Interviewing Workshop - Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.Computer Boot Camp - Individual sessions held daily 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All sessions are by appointment only.Basic Instruction on how to use a computer for work search purposes. (Intended for novice computer users only).The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:Small Business Start Up Workshop - Thursday, October 20, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson will walk you through the keys to successful business startup and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you? Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Tuesday, October 4 and 18Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu . Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through th[...]



R.H. Foster, the Hinckley Company and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England Earn Silver Collar Employer Award

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:23:06 EDT

*Hampden, Trenton and Portland-based businesses recognized as senior-friendly employers*

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA - The State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee has announced 2016's best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine. The awardees are R.H. Foster of Hampden; the Hinckley Company of Trenton and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England of Portland.

"I congratulate R.H. Foster, the Hinckley Company and Goodwill for recognizing the value that different employees bring to our workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our state needs and values the contributions of all members of our workforce, no matter their age, and the Silver Collar Awards recognize businesses who put these values into action."

The Silver Collar Employer Award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, capturing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility, and enthusiasm.

R.H. Foster is a regional marketer of convenience items, a transporter of energy products, a provider of heating services and sales and certified home performance energy efficiency experts. The Hinckley Company builds custom yachts rooted in Maine's maritime heritage. Goodwill NNE operates retail stores, health care and cleaning services that help fund innovative workforce programs to empower individuals and families to find personal stability through work.

Older workers play an important role in Maine's workforce. Maine is the oldest state in the United States, with a median age of 43.5 years. More than a quarter of the civilian labor force is over 55 years old. This share is expected to increase between now and 2024. In eight years, more than two thirds of 55-64 year olds and nearly one quarter of those over age 65 will still be in the labor force.

The State Workforce Board (SWB) is responsible for assisting Governor LePage in improving the state's business climate by designing and implementing strategies that help Mainers enter the workforce as well as advance by increasing their skills. For more information about the SWB or workforce development, visit http//www.maine.gov/swb.



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Machias CareerCenter Employee Wins National Workforce Award

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:03:47 EDT

**E. Janie Small recognized for outstanding service to local youth**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Julie.rabinowitz@maine.govAUGUSTA - Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette is pleased to announce that E. Janie Wilder Small of the Machias CareerCenter has won the 2016 James F. Walls Workforce Agency Employee Award of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).This award was established to honor an associate within a workforce development agency who has demonstrated extraordinary innovation and exemplary service to their community, state, or country as a whole. Small is the Youth Program Administrator for Washington County. The award was presented September 27 in Oklahoma City, OK at NASWA's 80th Annual National Conference."Janie's personal and professional goal is to eradicate generational poverty in Maine's poorest county," stated Commissioner Paquette. "She is the first person from Maine and only the second from New England to earn this honor. Her office is covered with photos and thank you notes from those whom she helped secure scholarships, meet education and training needs, and find stable employment. She is an asset to our department and the people we serve in Washington County and Maine as a whole."Small is the Youth Program Administrator for Washington County. She began her career in the public workforce system over 35 years ago through the Department of Labor's Summer Youth Employment Program. Among the numerous dynamic initiatives she has participated in, last summer she was chosen to represent Maine by the Manhattan Strategy Project and the U.S. Department of Education in the making of a film on how states address truancy, dropout, and alternative school issues. "It humbles me to be recognized for doing my job," Small stated. "To have a job where I can enhance and change lives every day is incredible. I have the best job in the world." "Ms. Small exemplifies every facet the James F. Walls Workforce Agency Employee Award was established to recognize," said Scott Sanders, executive director of NASWA. "Through years of diligence and innovative efforts, countless lives in Maine and possibly throughout the country have been touched and improved by her wonderful spirit of servant leadership."NASWA also recognized several other individuals and entities who have provided vital community workforce and economic development opportunities as a part of their Salute to Leadership awards ceremony at their 80th Annual National Conference. More information about award recipients and categories can be found at http://www.naswa.org/meetings/annualconference2016/?action=salute .The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is a national organization of state administrators of the publicly-funded state workforce system, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), employment services, training programs, unemployment insurance, employment statistics and labor market and workforce information. NASWA delivers policy expertise on workforce development, including unemployment insurance and other transitional support, as the voice of state workforce agencies.The Machias CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, provides a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine job seekers and businesses. The Youth Program provides career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations for youth who face significant barriers to employment with the goal of helping a young person find a good job along a career pathway or enrolling in post-secondary education. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com . -end- [...]



Business Forums During National Disability Employment Awareness Month Highlight Tapping a Broader Talent Pool

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:32:16 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2016 Registration Contact: Charles Woodbury 624-5195 Media Contact: Tim Sardano, 626-6232

AUGUSTA--In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, in central and western Maine will offer business forums for employers who want to learn more about finding qualified employees during a labor shortage.

"Maine businesses in need of qualified talent find it especially difficult in a tightening labor market," said Labor Commissioner, Jeanne Paquette. "Even during a time of low unemployment, we can guide employers to individuals that can fill a business's immediate needs or work with them to identify training programs that will help upskill their current workers, which in turn opens entry-level or easier-to-fill positions. It's a win-win-win for businesses, workers, and the Maine economy."

The forums will include an overview of the current labor shortage and how to access untapped talent among people with disabilities, ex-offenders, and others with barriers to employment. The forum will also provide information on worker training opportunities and business tax credits available when hiring from the under-utilized workforce.

The forums will be held in four locations, with information provided by Maine CareerCenter staff:

- Tuesday, October 4, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lewiston CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston - Thursday, October 20, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Skowhegan CareerCenter, 98 North Avenue, Skowhegan - Monday, October 24, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wilton CareerCenter, 865 US Route 2E, Wilton - Thursday, October 27, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Augusta CareeRCenter, 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, Augusta

For more information or to RSVP, contact contact Charles Woodbury at Charles.Woodbury@maine.gov or 624-5195.

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2016 is "#InclusionWorks

These forums are sponsored by the Central Western Maine Workforce Development Board, the Maine Disability Employment Initiative, and the Maine Department of Labor, with support from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

The Maine Department of Labor provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 4.0 Percent in August

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:31:42 EDT

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2016 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192AUGUSTA--The Maine Department of Labor, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August workforce estimates for Maine.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data****Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.0 percent was little changed from 3.9 percent in July and up from the recent low of 3.4 percent in March and April. The unemployment rate was down from 4.3 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed declined 1,400 over the year to 27,800.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.9 percent was unchanged from July and down from 5.1 percent one year ago. The recent rise in unemployment estimates should not be interpreted as an indication workforce conditions in Maine are deteriorating. Other metrics, including payroll jobs, indicate continued improvement and expansion. As we point out each month in note 1 (below), preliminary estimates tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. The employment to population ratio estimate of 60.5 percent was above the U.S. average of 59.7 percent. The New England unemployment rate averaged 4.2 percent. Rates for other states were 3.0 percent in New Hampshire, 3.3 percent in Vermont, 3.9 percent in Massachusetts, 5.6 percent in Rhode Island, and 5.6 percent in Connecticut.Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 616,000 for August was up 4,700 from one year ago. Private sector jobs were up 6,200, primarily in the education, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, finance, and professional services sectors. The estimate of 98,900 government jobs was down 1,500.Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.3 percent for August was down slightly from 3.5 percent one year ago. Rates ranged from 2.7 percent in Cumberland, Knox, and Sagadahoc to 4.9 percent in Somerset and Piscataquis Counties. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and coastal counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.7 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (3.2 percent) and Bangor (3.6 percent) metros.September estimates will be released on Friday, October 21 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ). **NOTES**1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including rates (labor force participation, employment, and unemployment rates), and levels (labor force, employed, and unemployed) tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (published in March each year) tend to moderate or eliminate those directional patterns.2. The 90 percent confidence interval for statewide unemployment rates in 2016 is 0.7 percentage points above or below the published estimate each month.3. To assess employment growth, we recommend looking at nonfarm jobs from the payroll survey rather than resident employment from the household survey. The payroll survey is larger, has smaller margins of error, and is subject to smaller revisions. More on the differences in accuracy of the two measures is at http://cwri.blogspot.com/2016/04/reports-that-maine-is-losing-jobs-are.html4. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to[...]



Scammer Posing as Texas Employer Attempts to Gain Personal Information from Job Seekers

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:52:17 EDT

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009 *Commissioner of Labor warns job seekers to report odd hiring practices involving interviews via Google Hangout* AUGUSTA-Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette warns job seekers about a scam that Department of Labor staff detected over the past week. The scammer used the Maine JobLink account of a legitimate Maine employer to target at least four job seekers, posing as a real Texas hospital system to recruit them for an administrative assistant position. The scammer contacted them by email, indicating how to follow up. This included an interview through Google Hangout with the hospital president. A concerned applicant contacted her local CareerCenter after participating in the Google Hangout interview. After the interview she called the Texas hospital; staff there advised her that no one from the hospital had participated in the interview and this was likely a scam. Commissioner Paquette stated, "Job seekers should continue to register with Maine JobLink and continue to use legitimate online job banks to search for work, because that is the modern method of job hunting. Working remotely is also a legitimate form of employment. However, when an ‘employer' is asking you to buy equipment or saying they will send you money prior to filling out any paperwork, does not bother with a face-to-face interview or wants to interview you through a messaging system, you should be suspicious." The department has investigated this incident and a second similar email and reported them to the America's Job Link Alliance (AJLA), the 16-state consortium that manages the data network of which Maine JobLink is a part, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor and the Maine State Police. The initial email sent to job seekers from the account "admin@jovencolimited.com" says [errors in original]: Our recruitment team viewed your resume published on (www.joblink.maine.gov) Application :Front Desk Receptionist / Office Assistant, Data Entry / Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant- Full Time/ Part Time) and we are pleased with your qualifications, we believe you have the required qualifications to undergo an online interview. Your resume was shortlisted for an online interview with the President and Chief Executive Officer, Seton Family of Hospitals, and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension's Texas Ministry Michelle L. Robertson, RN via G-mail Hangout or Google talk with the following email address (setonhf@gmail.com). Add Her to your buddy list and message Her, She will be online waiting for you ASAP to conduct the interview with you. During the interview, the scammer told the jobseeker that she would be sent her employment paper work once she had bought the equipment with the money the "employer" was going to send and was ready the start training. "Yes, You get all the required document once you have all your working equipment" [errors in original]. The scammer also told the job seeker to report for work via Google Hangout. Although this job seeker did not follow through to receive the payment for the equipment, officials believe the next step in the scam would have created a situation for the scammer to access the job seeker's bank account and other personal and financial information. Maine JobLink's registered job seekers include people filing for unemployment. Because individuals who are unemployed may be in difficult financial circumstances, scammers play on the need for work to entice people into overlooking what they might find concerning in other situations. The offer of what appears to be a good job that starts soon may be hard to pass up for job seeker in financial stress. Commissioner Paquette emphasized, "If you have questions about a job posting, do not hesitate to contact the Department of Labor or your local CareerCenter to find out[...]



Department of Labor Publishes Maine Workforce Outlook to 2024

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:14:53 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA- The Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI), part of the Maine Department of Labor, has published its 10-year forecast for the workforce for the period through 2024. The forecast examines total workforce change based on population and labor force participation expectations and examines job growth or decline among more than 80 industries and nearly 650 occupations.

"This forecast highlights the need for Maine to continue economic reforms that will help us address our workforce challenges," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our state must be able to compete with other states and countries for the people, investments, jobs and industries that will increase the prosperity of our people."

The outlook is designed to provide information for three core purposes: to help employers address and plan for future workforce needs, to aid individuals in making informed career choices and to guide educational institutions in developing curriculum that aligns with the needs of both students and employers.

The projections are broadly highlighted in a presentation at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/data/projections/2024/2024_Outlook.pdf . A blog titled The Outlook for Workforce Growth to 2024 (at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blog.html ) discusses how demographic trends in the population have been slowing growth over the last three decades and how workforce growth is expected to be further constrained as more baby boomers age to retirement and smaller numbers of young people come of age to enter the labor force in the decade through 2024. Additional blogs on occupational job change and on the outlook for STEM jobs will be published later this fall.

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, "This workforce outlook underscores the importance of connecting people who are out of work or underemployed, including people on welfare and people with disabilities, with the job skills necessary for in-demand occupations. We also need to seek new opportunities to attract workers and their families to Maine through efforts like the Hire-A-Vet campaign, Live+Work in Maine, and other collaborations. Furthermore, we must use apprenticeship and other training programs to increase the skills of our workers to attract new businesses, workers and opportunities for economic growth."

Detail on the outlook for workforce change in total and by age group is at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/outlookDemographic.html . Detail on the outlook for job change for industries and occupations is at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/outlook.html .

CWRI develops and disseminates state and area labor market information on employment, unemployment, wages and other measures to assist in making decisions that promote economic opportunity and efficient use of the state's labor resources.

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September Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:12:08 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2016 Contact: Dawn Self- Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."As falls starts, we start thinking about education and new opportunities," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "You might be thinking about getting more education or training to advance your career or making a change from a seasonal to a year round job. Our CareerCenters can help you look at all of your options and connect you with resources and employers. All of their advice and services are provided at no cost to Maine residents."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 Springvale unless otherwise noted. **Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, September 12 and 26, 10 a.m. to noon**A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two or three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Job Fair at the 12th Annual Business Expo - Wednesday, September 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., XL Sports World, 400 North Street, Saco, Maine.**A Job Fair Open to the Public will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Business to Business Networking will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.; and the Business Expo, which is open to the public, will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. For a list of participating employers please check the Maine CareerCenter website at job fair page at http://www.mainecareercenter.com/employment/jobfairs.shtml .This event is sponsored by Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the York County CareerCenter.**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, September 20, 9 a.m. to noon**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. Call to reserve your seat.**Employer Recruitments for September at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.****CoWorx, and MASIS -** Will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12 and 19.Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.**Competitive Skills Scholarship Program -** The Competitive Skills Scholarship helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. York County is currently accepting applications for the program. For more information or to download an application please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com/cssp.shtml .The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in September:**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center in Biddeford at 207-571-3301 to schedule a date for a training orientation.**New Ventures Maine -** Helping Maine people succeed in their jobs, businesses, and[...]



September Programs for Job Seekers and Employers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:24:37 EDT

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces September programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."As falls starts, we start thinking about education and new opportunities," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "You might be thinking about getting more education or training to advance your career or making a change from a seasonal to a year round job. Our CareerCenters can help you look at all of your options and connect you with resources and employers. All of their advice and services are provided at no cost to Maine residents."Events are held at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, unless otherwise noted. Maine veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.**Resume Information Seminar: Fridays, September 2 and 16, 9 to 11 a.m.**This is a not-to-be-missed workshop that will teach you how to write a dynamic resume. It provides you with the tools to promote and target your qualifications to directly match the employer's needs. You will learn how to insure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers.Registration is required as the workshops fill up quickly. Please call the Reception desk at 822-3300 to register.**Unemployed Professionals Group: Every Tuesday in September, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon**The group offers real time networking, professional advice, current information as to what employers are looking for in resumes, invitations to networking events and contacts for the "hidden" job market. This workshop is a great resource for the unemployed, under-employed, and employers seeking individuals looking for work. It is a great tool for career exploration.Open to the public. No registration required.**Gateways to Employment: Tuesdays, September 6 and 20, 1 to 4 p.m.**Topics include assessing individual abilities interests and skills, discovering the unadvertised job market, cover letter tips, job search strategies, and other resources for job seekers. This workshop is targeted to both first-time job seekers and those who have not yet been successful in their job search.Pre-registration is necessary. Contact the Reception Desk at 822-3300 to register.**Greater Portland CareerCenter Job Fair: Wednesday, September 7, Noon to 3 p.m.**More than 20 employers have already signed up for the September Job Fair at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. The list of Employers from both Cumberland and York County who will be attending include, Advantage Solutions; Bonney Staffing; Comfort Keepers; Complete Labor and Staffing; Eastern Maine Health Systems; Express Employment; Goodwill Industries NNE; HMS Host; Home Depot; Hutchins Trucking; In-Home Senior Services; Kaplan University; Labor Ready; Lucas Tree Experts; Marriott Sable Oaks; Modern Woodmen; Nichols; Pepsi Beverage Co.; Piedmont Airlines; Prudential; Spurwink Services; Texas Roadhouse; Texas Instruments; and US Customs and Border Patrol.Employers will be available to accept resumes, interview, provide listings of open positions, information on training resources, and answer question on positions for which they are recruiting. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.**Job Seeking Workshop for French-Speaking Adults: Wednesdays, September 7 and 21, 9 a.m. to Noon**The Greater Portland CareerCenter offers a workshop for French-speaking job seekers every other Wednesday at Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster Street, Suite 200, Portland. The class, taught in French, will help you discover all the CareerCenter services and receive the information you need to find a j[...]



September Hiring Events at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:17:44 EDT

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces hiring events taking place in September. Job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career should visit them at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland."As falls starts, we start thinking about education and new opportunities," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "You might be thinking about getting more education or training to advance your career or making a change from a seasonal to a year round job. Our CareerCenters can help you look at all of your options and connect you with resources and employers. All of their advice and services are provided at no cost to Maine residents."With an unprecedented demand for workers the Greater Portland Career Center has several upcoming hiring events leading to some great career opportunities.**Information Session: Construction Trades / Career Overview**On Tuesday, September 6 there will be an informational session on construction jobs and careers in Maine. There will be two sessions available to attend: 3 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m.Carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, general laborers, and heavy equipment operators are all in high demand. Many of these positions do not require formal education and many employers are willing to train you on the job. The average wage in the construction industry in Maine is $18.48 hourly!The CareerCenter advises that if you have ever thought of a construction job or career, or are just curious, to attend one of these sessions to get a realistic overview of construction jobs available, upward mobility, career opportunities and what you need to know to get hired.To register call Holly or Mark at 822-3312 or 822-3344, or you may also register by emailing: mark.j.cafiso@maine.gov. Walk-ins are welcome.**Greater Portland Area Job Fair**On Wednesday, September 7 from noon to 3 p.m., the Greater Portland CareerCenter will host more than 20 employers at their monthly job fair. Participating employers include:- Advantage Solutions - Bonney Staffing - Comfort Keepers - Complete Labor and Staffing - Eastern Maine Health Systems - Express Employment - Goodwill Industries NNE - HMS Host - Home Depot - Hutchins Trucking - In-Home Senior Services - Kaplan University - Labor Ready - Lucas Tree Experts - Marriott Sable Oaks - Modern Woodmen - Nichols - Pepsi Beverage Co - Piedmont Airlines - Prudential - Spurwink Services - Texas Roadhouse - Texas Instruments - US Customs and Border Patrol**Information Session: Manufacturing Technician Certificate Training Opportunity**On Wednesday, September 14 at 9 a.m., the Greater Portland CareerCenter will host an open house where you can learn about a training opportunity for eligible participants to obtain a Manufacturing Technician Certificate. As a graduate of this local program you'll gain the necessary skills to impress prospective employers and be prepared for jobs starting at $14 hr. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Grants and scholarships are available to qualified candidates. Attendees should plan to stay for two or three hours for information and assessments.The Greater Portland CareerCenter is part of a two-story, 75,000 square foot facility, co-located with the Department of Health and Human Services. The new facility offers a high-tech information center and computer lab for job seeking, resume writing, and applying for jobs, and spacious conference rooms and interview rooms to host workshops, job fairs, and individualized employer recruitments.The CareerCenter is a stop on Portland Metro Route 5 and is located just off Exit 46 of the Maine Turnpike, and offers free pa[...]



More than 100 Companies from around Maine Hiring Sept. 1 in Augusta

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:56:30 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009 *Veterans and Non-Veterans Encouraged to Attend.(AUGUSTA-More than 100 Companies from all over Maine are converging in Augusta, looking to employ veterans and non-veterans during a hiring fair as part of the the kick-off event for the 2016 Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign on Thursday, September 1. The hiring fair portion will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue in Augusta, and is open to the public. Veterans and non-veterans looking for work are encouraged to attend."This hiring fair will bring some of Maine's top employers together under one roof and looking to recruit skilled workers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are good jobs out there. I encourage Mainers who are looking for a new or better job to visit the hiring fair and see what's available, or to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter to learn about training opportunities."**Employers hiring include:**- Adecco - Allied Universal Services - Alternative Manufacturing Inc. - Anderson Merchandisers - Aramark - Atwork - Augusta Police Department - Bath Iron Works - Bank of America - Bar Harbor Bank & Trust - Bonney Staffing - Builders Installed Products - Capital Area Staffing Solutions - Carbonite - Charlie's - Charter Communications - Cianbro - City of Augusta - Combined Insurance - Crossmark - Dead River Company - Don't Panic Consulting - Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems - Everett J. Prescott - Geiger - Goodwill Industries - Hancock Lumber - Hartt Transportation Systems - HMS Host - Howe and Howe Tech. - IBEW L.U. 1253 - Idexx - Johnny's Selected Seeds - Kennebec Sheriff's Office - Labor Ready - Lewiston P.D. - Loring Job Corps - Lucas Tree Experts - Maine Conservation Corps - Maine Dept. of Transportation - Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services - Maine Energy Marketers Association - MaineGeneral Health - Maine Staffing - Maine State Police - Maine State Prison - Maine Veterans' Homes - Maine-ly Elder Care - Manpower - Marines - Martin's Point Health Care - Mckesson Distribution Solutions - MGM Insurance - Molnlycke Health Care - Motivational Services - National Guard - NexLinxx - Nichols Portland LLC - NiTco - NRF - Oakhurst Dairy - Office of Aging and Disability Services - OnProcess Technology - Pathways - PEPSICO - Performance Foodservice-North Center - Perks Auto - Pine Tree Society - Poland Spring - Prudential - RH Foster - Rumford Group Homes - Rusty Lantern Markets - Sears - Securitas USA - Service Master - South Portland Police Dept. - Spectrum Generations - Spurwink - St. Mary's Health System - State Department of Corrections - State of Maine Human Resources - State of Maine Office of Information Technology (OIT) - State Tax Section - Taco Bell - TD Bank Call Center - Ted Berry Company - T-Mobile - Tomra Collection Services - Town of Brunswick - Tri-County Mental Health Services - Two Bridges Regional Jail - Tyler Technologies - UNUM - UPS - US Cellular - Volunteers of America - Walmart Transportation - Wausaufs - Wayfair - Woodland's Senior Living**About the Maine CareerCenters**CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each of the 12 centers 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. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.**About Hire-A[...]



September Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:10:28 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016 Contact: Anita Dunham, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 474-4950 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009SKOWHEGAN- 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 Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in September."As falls starts, we start thinking about education and new opportunities," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "You might be thinking about getting more education or training to advance your career or making a change from a seasonal to a year round job. Our CareerCenters can help you look at all of your options and connect you with resources and employers. All of their advice and services are provided at no cost to Maine residents." All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.**GATEway to Employment-Mondays, September 12, 26, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.**This workshop will provide you more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the "hidden job market," identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Tuesday, September 6, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.**This workshop provides valuable tips on cover letters, resume writing, the contents and format and much more. Learn to make a new, highly effective resume using the techniques taught in this workshop.**Successful Interviewing Skills -Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.**Discussion of the purpose of the interview, types of interviews and general preparation for interviews. "Tough" interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. **Essentials of College Planning for Adults - To be determined**This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning 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). Bring last year's income tax forms to this appointment.Please call 1-800-281-3703 to pre-register. This session is held at the DHHS offices located next door to the CareerCenter. It is the same building but go through the DHHS entrance doors.**Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History-Call to schedule**Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? Looking for tips on how to respond to those hard to answer questions? This workshop will help you become a successful job seeker. Call us at 474-4950 to pre-register. A workshop will be scheduled when three-to-four attendees express interest.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 at no cost to participants.Call 474-4950 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Suite 20, Skowhegan, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter w[...]



September Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:58:59 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide Internet access and O-Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers."As falls starts, we start thinking about education and new opportunities," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "You might be thinking about getting more education or training to advance your career or making a change from a seasonal to a year round job. Our CareerCenters can help you look at all of your options and connect you with resources and employers. All of their advice and services are provided at no cost to Maine residents." The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together- Wednesday, September 7, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today's job market.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, September 7, 1-3 p.m**Introduction to services for job seekers who have a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Wednesday,September 14, 9 a.m to noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Effective Interviewing Skills - Wednesday, September 21, 9 a.m. to noon**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Planning Your Job Search - Wednesday, September 28, 9 a.m. to noon**Designed to help you with the latest tips and ideas to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market.**Computer Boot Camp - Tuesday mornings**Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce the computer to people who have not used one before.Rockland CareerCenter also features sessions led by our partner organization.**Goodwill Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 25 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Rockland CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 to speak with a Goodwill representative. Interested applicants between 16 and 24 years of age should contact the Belfast Goodwill Workforce Solutions office at 930-7047.**New Ventures Maine** offers no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call their Brunswick Administrative office at 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org . Greater Rockland office located at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite #402 Rockland, Maine 04841.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To f[...]