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CareerCenters to Modernize Model

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:09:21 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2018

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

AUGUSTA--The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Employment Services (BES) announced today that it will be accelerating its commitment to improving Maine's CareerCenter delivery system in 2018. These actions are an effort by the LePage Administration toward a more efficient and effective service-delivery model for job seekers and employers, and to reform the system in anticipation of potential federal budget cuts.

"Being responsive to the needs of Maine employers and workers is at the forefront of everything we do," said DOL Commissioner, John Butera. "That means understanding and adapting to the ways our customers want to interact with us. While in the early years of the CareerCenter model that meant ‘bricks and mortar' to manage foot traffic into the offices throughout the state, today it means a modernized approach more in alignment with the current technology and the access demands of our customers."

According to BES Director, Ed Upham, the first major change is currently in the works. "We are moving our Augusta CareerCenter from its current location on Enterprise Drive now that our lease contract is up, and consolidating it into space in the same business park where the Maine Department of Labor is located, on Commerce Drive," he said. The move is expected for mid- to late-March, with limited disruption to service during the move and no changes to staff or services to workers and employers.

In 2016, BES completed the upgrade of the then-outdated online labor exchange, Maine's JobBank, to the cloud-based Maine JobLink, which today offers self-service options for labor information, career mapping and training. More recent changes have included updating mainecareercenter.gov for mobile devices and adding to it Live Chat, and co-locating the Portland CareerCenter and DHHS in State Offices in Portland to better serve Cumberland County residents and to provide a path from poverty to prosperity. "We definitely will look different a year from now, including smaller physical spaces, use of partner sites, and distance services," Upham added.

Department of Labor staff will be looking at contracts, seeking partners and finding new and more effective ways to reach workers and employers alike, with an emphasis on cost savings. "As we continually seek ways to better deliver CareerCenter services in the new year and beyond, we will build on existing partnerships and forge new ones to make delivery of CareerCenter services more efficient and effective, and modernize the system and its physical footprint to meet our customers' needs now and well into the future," said Commissioner Butera.

CareerCenters, with 12 locations across the state, are part of the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), and provide employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. Job Seekers can use the CareerCenter's free resources to jumpstart their job search. CareerCenters assist Employers with recruitment, training, and workforce services, and offers access to Labor Market Information.

Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Agricultural Career Fair to be held Tuesday during Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:03:19 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2018

SHOW CONTACT: Ashley Sears, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, 287-7625

Media Contacts: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009, John Bott, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, 287-3156

AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL), are pleased to announce the second Agricultural Career Fair, to be held during the Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta. The Career Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Augusta Civic Center.

"The Agricultural Trades Show and Career Fair is a great opportunity for job seekers to learn about Maine's agriculture industry," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There's no cost to attend, and I encourage Mainers to come visit with these companies, as well as connect with resources from the Maine Department of Labor."

Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resume and meet with these employers:

- American National/Farm Family Insurance - Bartlettyarns, Inc. - Casella Organics - Feed Commodities International, Inc. - Hammond Tractor Co. - Hannaford Supermarket - Kent Nutrition Group - Kubota - Maine Agriculture in the Classroom - Maine Association of Conservation Districts - Maine Dairy Industry Association - Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) - Poulin Grain, Inc. - United Farmer Veterans of Maine - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Representatives from the Augusta CareerCenter and Maine's Hire-A-Vet Campaign will also be available to meet with job seekers.

The Maine Agricultural Trades Show can be found online at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/ag_trade_show.shtml . The event is open to the public.

To learn more about the Maine Department of Labor's program offerings, please visit: http://www.maine.gov/labor and http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Hire-A-Vet Campaign Offers Employers Veteran Recruitment, Retention Training

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:59:56 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2018

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

AUGUSTA-Maine's Hire-A-Vet Campaign is offering businesses attendance at Military Culture 202, a no-cost training seminar to help employers recruit and retain veterans to their workforce. A panel of employers, including IDEXX, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) and the State of Maine, will also share their best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans during the seminar. Two dates are available: January 25 at Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way in Augusta, and February 1 at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd. in Portland, each from 1 to 4 p.m. Employers can register at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/hireavet.shtml .

"Through the Hire-A-Vet campaign, more employers are discovering the value veterans bring to their workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Ann and I fully support this successful initiative, and look forward to helping make this year's effort reach more employers and get more veterans good paying careers in our state. Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with this campaign to help us meet Maine's workforce needs. Veterans' skills include teamwork, leadership, technology, and tremendous discipline that can benefit all of our businesses."

Military Culture 202 explores the recruiting and retention of Veterans, including: the big picture, misconceptions, importance of structure, mission and purpose, utilizing leadership skills and experience, educational advantages, and communication. Chaplain/Col. Andrew Gibson, Director of Deployment Cycle Support, Maine Army National Guard is the instructor. Completion of Military Culture 101 is not mandatory to attend Military Culture 202. A brief review of Military Culture 101 will start off the seminar.

The annual Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign provides support to connect employers and job seekers and expand the hiring of veterans. The 2017 campaign came to a close on December 13, 2017. Data is being collected and numbers will be provided soon. Employers, veterans and military family members can find employment assistance with a Veterans Representative at their closest Maine CareerCenter, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/veterans.shtml .

The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and their Veterans Count program, Live + Work in Maine, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Transition Assistance Advisors, VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Veterans, Inc., and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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January Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:22:23 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 28, 2017Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."As Maine continues its historic run of low unemployment, now is the perfect time to find work as we head into a new year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine employers have over 10,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, from entry level to professional. CareerCenters continue to sponsor monthly job fairs and provide no-cost job search assistance, resume writing workshops and career counseling. You may also qualify for support to train for a new career. I encourage you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter for help with your career search."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.**Monthly Job Fair - Monday, January 22, 1 to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be at the York County CareerCenter interviewing for current openings. Please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml for a list of participating employers. The list will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required.**GATEways to Employment - Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon**Join this workshop if you are looking for a basic overview of CareerCenter Services as well as resume, interview and job search skills. Gateway to Employment gives 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. Seats are limited, please call 324-5460 to register.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, January 8, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.**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 to 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 Maine Educational Opportunity Center's website, http://meoc.maine.edu.**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, January 16, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the dos and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call 324-5460 today to reserve a seat.**Career Exploration Workshop - Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26**This extensive and informative workshop will be offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Clients at the Springvale CareerCenter. Vocational Rehabilitation clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths, and research the required skills needed for these careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Employer Recruitments for Janaury at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.**- CoWorx and MASIS - Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, noon to 3:00 p.m. - People Ready - Wednesday, Janaury 10 and 24, noon to 3 p.m.Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of I.D. Schedule is subject to change. Visit our website for updates and additions. **York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in January:****Workforce Solutio[...]



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

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:56:11 EST

For Immediate Release: December 28, 2017Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3372Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 626-6232PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces January programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."As Maine continues its historic run of low unemployment, now is the perfect time to find work as we head into a new year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine employers have over 10,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, from entry level to professional. CareerCenters continue to sponsor monthly job fairs and provide no-cost job search assistance, resume writing workshops and career counseling. You may also qualify for support to train for a new career. I encourage you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter for help with your career search."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.**Unemployed Professional Group - Tuesday, January 2, 9, 16 and 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon**The Unemployed Professional 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. Join us for the kind of networking where every Tuesday morning brings something special to the group. No registration is required.**Career Exploration Workshop (CEW) for Current Vocational Rehabilitation Clients**- Required Pre-Assessment: Thursday, January 4 - Two-Day Workshop: Monday, January 8 to Tuesday, January 9Vocational Rehabilitation clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed for these careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Gateways to Employment - Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18 and 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.**This workshop is an introduction to the job search process covering a variety of topics tailored to entering the job market. Topics may include assessing individual abilities, interests and skills; discovering the "hidden job market"; cover letter tips; job search strategies; and other resources for job seekers. These sessions are targeted to both first time job seekers and those who have not yet been successful in their job search. Contact Senja St. John at 822-3347 or senja.st.john@maine.gov for information.**Resume Information Seminar - Fridays, January 5 and 19, 9 to 11 a.m.**This not-to-be-missed workshop 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 ensure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers. Registration is required as the workshops fill quickly. Please call the Reception desk at 822-3300 to register.**Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Orientation - Wednesdays, January 10 and 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m.**This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain viable employment. The orientation provides persons with disabilities information and services to assist them to overcome barriers to employment. Assistance with job search and job placement is also discussed. If interested, please call 822-3300 and ask to speak with the Counselor of the Day to sign up. Alternatively, you can view a video of the orientation online at http://www.maine.gov/rehab/vr_orientation.shtml .**Employers' Emporium - Wednesday, January 24, 3 to 4:30 p.m.**This workshop is designed to help employers identify and d[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:57:13 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 28, 2017

Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300

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

PRESQUE ISLE - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces January programs for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

"As Maine continues its historic run of low unemployment, now is the perfect time to find work as we head into a new year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine employers have over 10,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, from entry level to professional. CareerCenters continue to sponsor monthly job fairs and provide no-cost job search assistance, resume writing workshops and career counseling. You may also qualify for support to train for a new career. I encourage you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter for help with your career search."

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also like the CareerCenter on Facebook. Events are held at the Presque Isle CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street, unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, January 5, 12, 19 and 26, 9:00 a.m.**

Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, January 2, 16, 23 and 30, 9:00 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Pre-register at 1-800-281-3703 to register or visit http://meoc.maine.edu.

**About the CareerCenter**

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 207-760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street in Presque Isle, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, 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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January Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:49:33 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 28, 2017

Contact: Pat Curtiss, Wilton CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831

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

WILTON-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.

"As Maine continues its historic run of low unemployment, now is the perfect time to find work as we head into a new year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine employers have over 10,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, from entry level to professional. CareerCenters continue to sponsor monthly job fairs and provide no-cost job search assistance, resume writing workshops and career counseling. You may also qualify for support to train for a new career. I encourage you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter for help with your career search."

**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation - Thursday, January 4, 9 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

**Rumford Area - Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation - Wednesday, January 17, Region 9 School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, 2 to 4 p.m.**

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

**MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning - Thursday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.**

This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and Maine Educational Opportunity Center (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**

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 207-622-8555

**About the CareerCenter**

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.gov .

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

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January Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:39:47 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 28, 2017Contact: Peter Diplock, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 474-4950Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 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 January"As Maine continues its historic run of low unemployment, now is the perfect time to find work as we head into a new year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine employers have over 10,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, from entry level to professional. CareerCenters continue to sponsor monthly job fairs and provide no-cost job search assistance, resume writing workshops and career counseling. You may also qualify for support to train for a new career. I encourage you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter for help with your career search."All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950 unless otherwise noted.**Computer Skill Basics: Start at the Beginning - Wednesdays, January 3 and 17, 1 to 3 p.m.**This course is designed for the novice user to learn the basics of the computer components:- Understanding the mouse and keyboard. - Cover the "basics" of typing a document using Microsoft Word. - Learn to get you "up and running" with your job search.**GATEway to Employment - Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 9:30 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.**Successful Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, January 9, 1 to 3 p.m.**Gain the confidence needed to ace that interview and get the job! Go in thoroughly prepared and positive you are the applicant the employer needs! Successful Interviewing Skills Workshop covers communication techniques, before-the interview research, attitude and appearance, examples of questions you may be asked, what you can ask the employer, post interview follow-up, and more. Discuss all the "Dos and Dont's" and what to expect during the process.**It All Starts Here - Monday, January 22, 1 to 3 p.m.**Take the first step towards a great career. In this valuable session you can pinpoint your interests and strengths and find career options that have real potential. This highly validated and reliable vocational assessment is the start in determining your future path or career. Are you investigative? Are you realistic? Are you enterprising or social? This self-directed assessment test will assist in determining a career or vocation choice based upon your personality traits. Find out what types of careers are right for you, right now!**Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 31, 1 to 3 p.m.**This workshop provides valuable tips on completing job applications, the importance of cover letters, resume content and formatting, resume writing using computer software programs and much more. Learn why having a great resume is so important in today's job market. A well-written resume can get your foot in the door, and the interview - the next step to employment.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Check for availability.**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 co[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:50:34 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2017Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009LEWISTON - The Lewiston CareerCenter continues its no-cost workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. "As Maine continues its historic run of low unemployment, now is the perfect time to find work as we head into a new year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine employers have over 10,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, from entry level to professional. CareerCenters continue to sponsor monthly job fairs and provide no-cost job search assistance, resume writing workshops and career counseling. You may also qualify for support to train for a new career. I encourage you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter for help with your career search."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. All workshops are located at the Lewiston CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston, unless otherwise noted.**Training Projects: Construction - Recruitment beginning now.**Learn about the construction trades in this 11-week training, a combination of classroom training and work experience--two days' class and three days' work. For more information, call 753-9005.**Job Fair with 20+ Employers - Monday, January 8, 10 a.m. to 12 noon**Employers are hiring and will be on hand to talk with job seekers. Be prepared with a resume and to have an "interview-like" conversation. Dress to impress!**Gateway to Employment - Wednesday, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**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. Learn how the CareerCenter can help you!**Training Orientation - Wednesday, January 10, 1 to 3 p.m., and January 24, 9 to 11 a.m.**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. Register at 753-9005.**Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, January 11, 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. Facilitated by Bill Card. Register at 753-9005.**Résumé Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Friday, January 19, 10 a.m. to 12 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. 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. Register at 753-9005.**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, January 24, 2 to 3 p.m.**For people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services are held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, January 25, 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 January 11. Register at 753-9005.**Interview Skills/Mock Interviews - Thursday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 12 noon**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[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:08:08 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2017Contact: Leon Ouimet, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - 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."As Maine continues its historic run of low unemployment, now is the perfect time to find work as we head into a new year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine employers have over 10,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, from entry level to professional. CareerCenters continue to sponsor monthly job fairs and provide no-cost job search assistance, resume writing workshops and career counseling. You may also qualify for support to train for a new career. I encourage you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter for help with your career search."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.For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Wednesday, January 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfer to today's job market.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, January 17, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. **Career Exploration Workshop-Wednesday, January 17, Thursday, January 18, and Friday, January 19**An extensive and informative three-day workshop offered to enrolled Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed for those careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 373-4018 for more information.**Effective Interviewing Skills Workshop-Wednesday, January 24, 9 to 11 a.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Computer Boot Camp-All sessions are by appointment only.**Basic instruction on how to use a computer for work search purposes. (Intended for novice computer users only).**Gateways to Employment-Every Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon**Designed 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. The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:**Essentials of College Planning Workshop-Tuesdays, January 9 and 23**Christy 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 Aide 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, http://meoc.maine.edu . **Small Business Start Up Workshop-Thursday, January 25, 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? **Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:40:37 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2017Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 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."As Maine continues its historic run of low unemployment, now is the perfect time to find work as we head into a new year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine employers have over 10,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, from entry level to professional. CareerCenters continue to sponsor monthly job fairs and provide no-cost job search assistance, resume writing workshops and career counseling. You may also qualify for support to train for a new career. I encourage you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter for help with your career search."The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require preregistration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together- Thursday, January 4, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfer to today's job market.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Thursday, January 11, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Small Business Start-Up-Tuesday, January 16, 1 to 3 p.m.**Learn the basics about creating a business plan, with certified business counselor David Hill.**Effective Interviewing Skills Workshop-Thursday, January 18, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Computer Boot Camp-Tuesday mornings. Arrange time with staff.**Basic introduction of the computer to people who have never used one before.**Planning your Job Search-Each Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon**The latest tips and ideas for a successful job search in today's labor market.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-By appointment.**Introduction to services for job seekers with a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Training Orientation-By appointment.**Residents of Knox or Lincoln County and who want to explore occupational training programs, call 596-2600. Waldo County residents, call 930-7047.**Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:****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. If you are between between 16 and 24 years of age, contact the Belfast 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 the Brunswick Administrative office at 207-386-1664. The Rockland area office can be reached at 593-7942, and is at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite 402 Rockland, Maine 04841. The website is http://www.newventuresmaine.org.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 cov[...]



Maine Unemployment Rate 3.3 Percent in November

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:01:07 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192AUGUSTA - Unemployment remains historically low in Maine.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data****Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3 percent for November was down slightly from 3.5 percent for October and 3.8 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 3,600 over the year to 23,100. The unemployment rate has been at or below 4.0 percent for 26 consecutive months.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for November was unchanged from October and down from 4.6 percent one year ago.November unemployment rate estimates for New England states will be available at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 22 at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/laus.pdf .The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.7 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.1 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 2,100 from one year ago to 619,200 for November. The private sector gained 2,500 jobs, with the largest gains in the healthcare and social assistance; professional and business services; and transportation and warehousing sectors. Federal, state, and local governments combined shed 400 jobs.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.0 percent for November was down from 3.4 percent one year ago. Around the state, the lowest rate was 2.4 percent in Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties and the highest was 4.6 percent in Washington County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.4 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (2.7 percent) and Bangor (2.9 percent) metro areas.December estimates will be released on Tuesday, January 23 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .Monthly workforce estimates are cooperatively produced and released by the Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.**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. A comparison of 2016 preliminary and revised unemployment rate estimates is available at www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/2016_workforce_data_revisions.pdf .2. The 90 percent confidence interval for statewide unemployment rates in 2017 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 www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/imprecise_data.pdf .4. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month because there is variability in the sample of reporting employers and their representativeness for the universe of all employers. Additionally, seasonal adjustment is imperfect becaus[...]



Maine Department of Labor Revises Rules under the Employment Security Act

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:59:39 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8th, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Unemployment Insurance Commission has revised four chapters of rules governing the state's unemployment insurance program administered by the Maine Department of Labor.

The state has adopted changes to four chapters.

Revisions to Chapter 9, Able and Available Requirements (rule number: 2017-P084), clarify eligibility for claimants who are only available for part-time work; provide factors for consideration in determining whether a claimant has an acceptable means of transportation to get to a job or to an area in which there are sufficient job opportunities; and clarify the application of the able and available requirements to claimants who are absent from their labor market area.

Revisions to Chapter 16, Benefits Paid to Illegal Aliens (rule number: 2017-P085 2017-P084), update references to federal agencies regarding immigration and add a provision to Section 2(A) permitting the use of other documentation as approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that the rule does not need to be updated to reflect each new piece of documentation that DHS approves.

Revisions to Chapter 19, Other Remuneration (rule number: 2017-P086), simplify the allocation rules for "other remuneration" and modify the treatment of bonus payments to make it more consistent with the Employment Security Law.

Revisions to Chapter 20, Unemployment Fraud or Misrepresentation by Claimants (rule number: 2017-P087), remove the certified mail requirement from Section 2(B) and remove Section 2(C), as it is not legally required and not appropriate in all circumstances. Instead, the agency will prepare a standard operating procedure or other policy as to the methodology for interviewing the claimant in a fraud or misrepresentation case.

View the adopted changes to the rules here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/lawsandrules.shtml

The Employment Security Act is the governing statute for the unemployment insurance program in Maine, including both the Unemployment Insurance Commission and the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation.

Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance is funded solely by unemployment taxes paid by employers; employees do not pay into the unemployment system.

The Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Maine Department of Labor Revises Rules under the Employment Security Act

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:54:25 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8th, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Unemployment Insurance Commission has revised four chapters of rules governing the state's unemployment insurance program administered by the Maine Department of Labor.

The state has adopted changes to four chapters.

Revisions to Chapter 9, Able and Available Requirements (rule number: 2017-P084), clarify eligibility for claimants who are only available for part-time work; provide factors for consideration in determining whether a claimant has an acceptable means of transportation to get to a job or to an area in which there are sufficient job opportunities; and clarify the application of the able and available requirements to claimants who are absent from their labor market area.

Revisions to Chapter 16, Benefits Paid to Illegal Aliens (rule number: 2017-P085 2017-P084), update references to federal agencies regarding immigration and add a provision to Section 2(A) permitting the use of other documentation as approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that the rule does not need to be updated to reflect each new piece of documentation that DHS approves.

Revisions to Chapter 19, Other Remuneration (rule number: 2017-P086), simplify the allocation rules for "other remuneration" and modify the treatment of bonus payments to make it more consistent with the Employment Security Law.

Revisions to Chapter 20, Unemployment Fraud or Misrepresentation by Claimants (rule number: 2017-P087), remove the certified mail requirement from Section 2(B) and remove Section 2(C), as it is not legally required and not appropriate in all circumstances. Instead, the agency will prepare a standard operating procedure or other policy as to the methodology for interviewing the claimant in a fraud or misrepresentation case.

View the adopted changes to the rules here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/lawsandrules.shtml

The Employment Security Act is the governing statute for the unemployment insurance program in Maine, including both the Unemployment Insurance Commission and the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation.

Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance is funded solely by unemployment taxes paid by employers; employees do not pay into the unemployment system.

The Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Portland Press Herald and AP Articles on Maine's Marijuana Legalization Law and Employment Incorrect

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:03:10 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2017 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, (207) 621-5009

*Department of Labor issues clarification for employers*

AUGUSTA- A Portland Press Herald article published late in the evening of July 24, 2017, inaccurately cited the Maine Department of Labor's guidance to employers regarding the state's new marijuana legalization law as related to employment. This article was later corrected, but before that correction was published, the story was picked up by national media and circulated throughout social media, including blogs written by attorneys to provide guidance to clients.

The article was covering the department's presentation on Monday, July 24, to the Legislature's Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee on employment issues relating to the legalization of marijuana.

The Department is therefore issuing the following clarification to ensure that employers, their legal counsel and HR consultants understand that they are allowed to screen applicants and employees for marijuana use under existing state law.

The article's initial title, "Maine employers shouldn't test for marijuana without changes to state law, official says," has since been changed. The attached image shows the new title with the original title in the URL.

When the Legislature delayed most of the Marijuana Legalization Act from taking effect until February 2018, that delay included Section 2454's employment-related provisions. Therefore, all businesses can proceed as they have been doing regarding drug testing by following existing law until either Section 2454 goes into effect as currently written or the Legislature repeals or amends Section 2454. Right now, as an at-will state, a Maine employer or employee can end the employment relationship for any reason, and an employer may choose not to hire an applicant with a marijuana-positive drug test without a certification for medical use.

The department has advised employers that if Section 2454 does not change and does go into effect, at that time, employers should not conduct applicant drug screening for marijuana because doing so could violate Section 2454. The department is holding free Impairment Detection Training for Employers courses throughout the state. The next two classes are July 26 in Augusta and August 23 in Portland. Employers may register for the classes here: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Classes&v=ListAll . Space is limited.

To clarify, Title 7 MRS, Chapter 417, §2454 states: "3. School, employer or landlord may not discriminate. A school, employer or landlord may not refuse to enroll or employ or lease to or otherwise penalize a person 21 years of age or older solely for that person's consuming marijuana outside of the school's, employer's or landlord's property."

Employers or workers with questions about drug testing employees in Maine or impairment in the workplace should contact the department at (207) 623-7900 or visit the department's website at http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/substance_abuse_testing/index.html .

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