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Nominations Sought for 2017 Silver Collar Awards

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:03:04 EDT

*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.*

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA - Do you know of a senior-friendly business? Is your business a great place for seniors to work? The State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee has opened nominations for 2017's best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine.

"Silver Collar employers understand the value older workers provide to business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine's older citizens play a vital role in our economy as both workers and consumers. Businesses that recognize this will benefit both themselves and our state."

Older workers play an important role in Maine's workforce. Between 2014 and 2024, the impact of minimal population growth and an aging population on Maine's labor force will be partially offset by an expected increase in participation across age groups, particularly among our oldest workers. Maine is the oldest state in the United States, with a median age of 44.5 years. 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.

Deadline for entry is Friday, July 28, 2017. For more information and to download the application, visit http://www.maine.gov/swb/committees/older_workers/index.shtml . Questions can be directed to the State Workforce Board at swb.dol@maine.gov or 207-621-5091 / TTY Maine Relay 711.

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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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.0 Percent in March

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:17:48 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192Workforce conditions continued to improve in March. Preliminary estimates indicate there was a record number of nonfarm and private sector payroll jobs in Maine, which drove the unemployment rate to a new low.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data****Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.0 percent for March was the lowest on record since the current estimation methodology was implemented in 1976. It was down from 3.2 percent in February and 3.7 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 4,500 over the year to 21,000. The unemployment rate was below 4 percent in 14 of the last 17 months, only the third such period in the last 41 years.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.5 percent was down from 4.7 percent in February and 5.0 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.8 percent in March.March unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.8 percent in New Hampshire, 3.0 percent in Vermont, 3.6 percent in Massachusetts, 4.3 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.8 percent in Connecticut.The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.9 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.1 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 623,000 for March was up 5,300 from one year ago, reaching a new all-time high. The private sector jobs estimate of 523,200 also was a new high. The largest job gains were in the construction; trade, transportation, and utilities; and education and healthcare sectors.The 99,800 jobs in federal, state, and local governments was unchanged over the year. Government comprised 16.0 percent of nonfarm jobs, the lowest share on record.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.6 percent for March was down from 4.5 percent one year ago. Rates declined over the year in all counties. The lowest rate was 2.5 percent in Cumberland County and the highest was 6.9 percent in Washington County.Unemployment rates were lower than the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland (2.6 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (3.2 percent), and Bangor (3.4 percent).April estimates will be released on Friday, May 19 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .Labor force and unemployment data is available here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.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 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 http://cwri.blogspot.com/2016/04/reports-that-maine-is-losing-jobs-are.html .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 because weather, the beginning and ending of school semesters and holidays, and other events[...]



Rapid Response Session Scheduled for Employees Affected by Layoff at NexxLinx in Orono

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:41:58 EDT

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

BANGOR-The Maine Department of Labor has scheduled a Rapid Response session for workers affected by the layoff at NexxLinx in Orono. Workers who have lost their job may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits and for other services.

"The department's Rapid Response program assists workers facing job loss due to downsizing or closures," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Rapid Response team is reaching out to help these workers."

The Rapid Response session will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the Tri-County CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Suite 3 in Bangor. Affected workers may also contact the Tri-County CareerCenter at (207) 561-4050 or 1-888-828-0568. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

The Rapid Response session will offer information about health insurance options and re-employment assistance, in addition to answering questions about unemployment benefits.

To find out more about the Rapid Response program, contact your local CareerCenter. The Bureau of Employment Services provides a variety of employment and training services for Maine workers, businesses and jobseekers through the Maine CareerCenter network, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

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

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April Programs for Job Seekers at the Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:32:42 EDT

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2017 Contact: Patty Peer, Bangor CareerCenter, 760-6302 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009BANGOR-Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor announces April programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. "CareerCenters provide job seekers with the job search skills and support needed to find good-paying work," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers can start or jump start their career search at mainecareercenter.gov. You'll find monthly job fairs and workshops, various training program opportunities, and how to connect with the closest office."**Resume Information Seminar - First and Third Tuesdays of each month, 9 a.m. to noon**Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing, how to use key words and phrases to catch an employer's attention, discover web sites for skills identification and learn how to produce a resume that will work for you. You will not have a resume in hand when you leave. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Interview Workshop - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon**Join us to find out how to have the Ultimate Job Interview. Learn how to prepare for an interview, discover what employers are looking for and follow-up advice that will help you land the position you truly want. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Gateway to Employment Workshop - Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m.**This is an overview of information on resumes, interviews, job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during your job search. **Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Information and Registration Session - Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon**This is an overview of services and programs available through WIOA to residents of the tri-county area to include intensive job search assistance, potential training opportunities and options like on-the-job training. It also includes eligibility requirements and information on accessing all of these services. Please complete your Maine Job Link registration prior to attending the workshop. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Essentials of College Planning and Financial Aid - Presented by MEOC - Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can call for an appointment or register online and at the number below.**Steps for successful college enrollment, types of colleges and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adults, admission requirements and financial aid overview and completion. Please bring your last year's income tax forms to the workshop. To register call 1-800-281-3703. http://meoc.maine.edu/workshops/**Employer Recruitments for April at the Bangor CareerCenter:**- April 11, 12:30-3:00 pm, KidsPeace (Beh. Hlth. Prof.) - April 25, 8:00 am-12 noon, Eastern Maine Medical Center (all positions)Visit www.mainecareercenter.gov for additions and updates.**SAVE THE DATE: Bangor CareerCenter's Annual Spring Job Fair - Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Cross Insurance Center 515 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401**We are hoping to match last year's numbers and have 100+ employers present with current job openings! Be prepared with a resume, an elevator pitch (short statement of what you can bring to their company) and dress to impress! It's your time to shine and sell yourself. If you have never been to a job fair and want some tips, please come in to the CareerCenter for assistance. Next month you can check to see which employers will be at the job fair by going to http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml.Sign-up for our CareerCenter newsletter in the blue box labeled "Get Notified" at http://www.maine.gov/labor for a full listing of events, news, programs and updates! 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 workstati[...]



April Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:43:00 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2017Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009LEWISTON - The Lewiston CareerCenter continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."CareerCenters provide job seekers with the job search skills and support needed to find good-paying work," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers can start or jump start their career search at mainecareercenter.gov. You'll find monthly job fairs and workshops, various training program opportunities, and how to connect with the closest office."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Lewiston unless otherwise noted.**LA Metro Chamber Community Job Fair - Friday, April 7, 10 a.m. to Noon, Central Maine Community College, Kirk Hall, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME**65+ participating employers from diverse industries across the state, all of whom are hiring, will be on hand to talk with job seekers. Be prepared with a resume and to have an "interview-like" conversation; and dress to impress! **Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon**This introductory workshop will help you decide whether self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. Register by calling Karlene Andrews at 557-1885.**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink. Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing; how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself-on paper-in a way that directly matches employer needs. Computers will be available and you will be able to compose a draft resume with staff assistance. Must be able to type your own resume.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, April 20, 2 to 4 p.m.**Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview of interview skills and employer expectations and will also include mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback, and observe other participants!**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, April 20, 9 to 11 a.m.**How to complete paper and online job applications. Somali interpreter will be on hand, if other language interpreters are needed, please request by April 7 by calling 753-9005.**Career Decision Making - A two-part workshop - Wednesday, April 26, 9 a.m. to noon and Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. to noon**Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals.**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, April 26, 2 to 3 p.m.**For people who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration not required.**Training Orientation - Call to schedule**An overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services, this workshops is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider the "Job Search Skills" workshop. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register for the Lewiston location. **Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Call to s[...]



April Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:27:56 EDT

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2017 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces April programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."CareerCenters provide job seekers with the job search skills and support needed to find good-paying work," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers can start or jump start their career search at mainecareercenter.gov. You'll find monthly job fairs and workshops, various training program opportunities, and how to connect with the closest office."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.**Job Fair: April 5, Noon to 3 p.m.**Employers will be available to accept resumes and/or interview. A list of exhibitors can be found on the CareerCenter website at www.mainecareercenter.gov . Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.**Resume Information Seminar: Fridays, April 7 and 21, 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.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesday, April 12 and 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m.**This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain viable employment, and 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 .**Job Interview Workshop: Friday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m.**Be prepared to successfully interview with the employer you want to work for and for the job you seek. In this workshop you will explore interview preparation and have the opportunity to practice the most commonly asked questions in an interview setting. You will learn how to make that great first impression to employers emphasizing your strengths and motivating employers to want to hire you. The workshop will give you tips on how to answer employer's tough interview questions, and is targeted for people just beginning the job search process or those who have not had success in finding work. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call 822-3300.**Job-Seeking Workshop for French-Speaking Adults / Atelier Francais: Every Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Ste. 200, Portland**The Portland Career Center offers a workshop for French-speaking job seekers. The class, taught in French, will help you discover all the CareerCenter services and receive the information you need to find a job. For more information, please call Alida Nisabwe at (207)822-3346 or email her at alida.nisabwe@maine.gov.**Unemployed Professionals Group: Every Tuesday in April, 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: By Appointmen[...]



April Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:28:23 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2017 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

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

"CareerCenters provide job seekers with the job search skills and support needed to find good-paying work," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers can start or jump start their career search at mainecareercenter.gov. You'll find monthly job fairs and workshops, various training program opportunities, and how to connect with the closest office."

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.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 9 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-3703 or http://meoc.maine.edu .

**TechHire Career and Recruitment Fair, Northern Maine Community College - Thursday, April 6, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.**

TechHire is a nationwide program aimed at recruiting and training young adults for middle- or high-skill tech-based jobs. This recruitment event is open to Aroostook residents 17 years of age or older who have a high school diploma or equivalent, or anticipate receiving one this spring. Interested business and educational partners should RSVP to ACAP Workforce Development at 764-3721.

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 9:00 a.m.**

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

**Bringing Youth into The World of Work - Tuesday, April 11, 9 to 11 a.m.**

Pamela Megathlin, Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards at the Maine Department of Labor, will present on child labor laws. Employers and stakeholders interested in promoting youth employment in Aroostook may meet one-one-one with Ms. Megathlin after the event for further consultation. RSVP to ACAP Workforce Development at 764-3721 to attend.

**Staffing Agency Job Fair - Wednesday, April 12, 9 a.m. to Noon**

Come in and meet with local staffing agencies. Agencies represented will be Manpower, Tempo, Maine Staffing Group and People Ready.

**Manufacturing Job Fair - Wednesday, April 19, 9 a.m. to Noon**

Come meet with representatives from local manufacturers and speak to them about opportunities.

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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April Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias and Calais CareerCenters

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:06:41 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2017 Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009WASHINGTON COUNTY-CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or to upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume and cover letter writing software, Internet access, and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge."CareerCenters provide job seekers with the job search skills and support needed to find good-paying work," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers can start or jump start their career search at mainecareercenter.gov. You'll find monthly job fairs and workshops, various training program opportunities, and how to connect with the closest office."To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-County-CareerCenters/606111642755982 . The following workshops and programs will be held at the indicated CareerCenters. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.**Calais Area Job Fair - Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washington County Community College Assembly Room, One College Drive, Calais**For a list of participating employers click on the Job Fair link at www.mainecareercenter.gov or the events section of our Facebook page: Washington County CareerCenters.**GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session**- Every Tuesday - Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias - Every Wednesday - Calais CareerCenter, 1 College Dr., Calais Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! To register call Melanie at 1-800-292-8929. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.**My Money Works - Mondays, April 10, 17, and 24, and May 1 and 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias**New Ventures Maine is offering its core class on managing money. This class can help you gain the skills and confidence you need to stretch your money, pay your bills, reduce debt, find money for savings, plan for retirement, and set personal financial goals. At the end of the class you will have a plan to achieve greater financial stability. A follow-up session is scheduled to provide additional networking and support. Successful completion of this class meets one of the requirements for the Family Development Account (FDA) and Rainy Day Savings (RDS) matched savings programs. Register by email: classes@connectwithaxiom.com; phone: 207-255-4917; or online: axiom.coursestorm.com**Increase Your Social Media IQ, session I - Tuesday, April 11 (snow date April 13), 9 a.m. to noon, Sunrise County Economic Council, 7 Ames Way, Machias**What's your Social Media IQ? Do you know what Social Media can do for your business? In this workshop we'll identify Social Media platforms that work well for tourism businesses and get you up and running so you can: Provide rich customer experiences; Increase website traffic and search ranking; Share content faster and easier; Build relationships; Gain valuable customer insights; Increase brand awareness and loyalty; Run targeted ads with real-time results; Find out what your competitors are doing; Target content by geography and demographics; Generate higher converting leads; Manage your online "footprint"; Monitor and respond to negative reviews; and Increase positive reviews. For more information, call Axiom Education & Tra[...]



April Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:02:45 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2017 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."CareerCenters provide job seekers with the job search skills and support needed to find good-paying work," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers can start or jump start their career search at mainecareercenter.gov. You'll find monthly job fairs and workshops, various training program opportunities, and how to connect with the closest office."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.**Seventh Annual York County Regional Job Fair, Wednesday, April 5, 2 to 6 p.m., Nasson Community Center, 457 Main Street, Springvale, ME **This is a no cost event. Speak with hiring employers, talk with Career Counselors and Veteran's Representatives. We will continually update our website with a list of employers that will be attending once they have confirmed.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, April 10 and 24, 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 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 .**Career Exploration Workshop - Thursday, April 13 and Friday, April 14**This extensive and informative workshop will be offered to Vocational Rehabilitation Clients at the York County CareerCenter. VR 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.**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, April 18, 9 a.m. to noon**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the do's 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 today to reserve a seat.**Monthly Job Fair at the CareerCenter - Monday, April 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be here interviewing for current openings. Please check our web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required. Check http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtm and our Facebook and Twitter for a list of participating employers. **Employer Recruitments for April at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates: CoWorx, Kelly Services and MASIS - Recruiting at the York County CareerCenter from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 12, 19 and 26.**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 [...]



April Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:51:25 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2017 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 April. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800."CareerCenters provide job seekers with the job search skills and support needed to find good-paying work," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers can start or jump start their career search at mainecareercenter.gov. You'll find monthly job fairs and workshops, various training program opportunities, and how to connect with the closest office."**Vocational Rehabilitation-Thursday, April 6, 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 Resume and Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, April 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.**Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, MEExplore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. "Tough" interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Please call 645-5800 to sign up.**Employer Expectations-Wednesday, April 12, 1 to 3 p.m.**The workshop will cover the following topics:- Creating a Great Resume - Preparing for Your Interview - Preparing for a New JobThis 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. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. **Rumford Area Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, April 19, 2 to 4 p.m.**Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, METhis 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.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Thursday, April 20, 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 information**Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops:- "Starting Your Own Small Business" - "Access to Capital" - "Federal and State Resources for Small Business"Most of these workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card at 622-8555.This is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan work lives using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed, and to identify occupations that fit their strengths.CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office[...]



April Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:38:28 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2017 Contact: Peter Diplock, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831 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 April."CareerCenters provide job seekers with the job search skills and support needed to find good-paying work," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers can start or jump start their career search at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . You'll find monthly job fairs and workshops, various training program opportunities, and how to connect with the closest office."All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.**Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History-Monday, April 3, 1 to 2 p.m.**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. Workshops start promptly at scheduled time. Please understand admittance may not be possible after the start time. Please register in advance as space may be limited. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Tuesdays, April 4 and 18, 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-Wednesday, April 5 and 19, 10 a.m.**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. **It All Starts Here-Monday, April 10, 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! "Sometimes you need a change, and sometimes a change is your only option."**Successful Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, April 11, 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 "DO'S and DO NOT'S" and what to expect during the process.**Training Program Orientation-Monday, April 24, 1 to 3 p.m.**Do you have the skills you need to advance in your career or get a new job? Thinking about education or training options that will help you[...]



Maine Department of Labor Issues Annual Report on Drug Use in the Workplace

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:46:14 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2017 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

*Percents of positives for probable cause and random tests increase despite fewer overall tests reported*

AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor has issued the 2016 Annual Report on Substance Abuse Testing by Maine Employers. The report is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_stats/publications/substanceabuse/index.html .

"With the opioid crisis and now the legalization of marijuana, the potential for people being impaired on the job is increasing, endangering not only the worker taking the drug, but also coworkers and clients," stated Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine must provide employers the appropriate tools to retain valuable workers and help people in recovery back into the workforce, discourage the use of dangerous drugs like opioids, properly regulate marijuana and maintain a safe work environment."

The report covers testing of both job applicants and employees, with the vast majority being applicant testing. Both the number of tests administered and the number of positive results fell during the recession and have trended up during the recovery.

The highest percentage of positive tests occurred in 2015, at 5 percent. Many employers use a common five-panel test including cannabinoids (marijuana), amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and phencyclidine. Cannabinoids accounted for 83.6 percent of all positive test results in 2015 and in 2016 they accounted for 90.4 percent of all positive test results.

The Department's Bureau of Labor Standards helps employees and businesses make their worksites safer, provides education and enforcement of wage and hour laws and gathers information on working in Maine. Its Technical Services Division is Maine's leading resource for data and analysis relating to workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities, and it enforces the current workplace drug testing statute and coordinates research projects related to the state's workplace safety and health.

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Maine Department of Labor Notifies JobLink Account Holders of Hacking Incident

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:28:59 EDT

*Information about identity theft and credit monitoring being provided* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009 AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor has begun notifying Maine JobLink account holders whose accounts may have been exposed in a hacking incident of the system provider, America's JobLink Alliance. America's JobLink (AJL), a multi-state, web-based system that links job seekers with employers and operates the Maine JobLink, was the victim of a hacking incident. On March 21, 2017, America's Job Link Alliance-Technical Support confirmed that a malicious, third-party hacker exploited a vulnerability in the AJL application code to view the names, Social Security Numbers, and dates of birth of job seekers in the AJL system. This incident occurred between February 23, 2017 and February 26, 2017. Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, "The incident involving the Maine JobLink is of great concern, and we want to assure our customers that the Department of Labor is working diligently to provide information to those possibly affected. We value our relationship with the people of Maine and take their trust in us seriously." A notice is being provided via the email the Department has on file for affected account holders. It advises that, during the next two weeks, AJLA will be contacting affected individuals in all 10 states who have valid emails to provide helpful information to protect their identity as well as information about the credit monitoring service that will be offered.A copy of the Department's notification is available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/18fcb00 . The Commissioner noted, "If you know that you had a job seeker account in either the Maine Job Bank or the Maine JobLink systems and you know that the email in the system is outdated or you do not receive an email from the Maine Department of Labor by Monday, March 27, we urge you to call the AJLA Response Center. The call center can confirm whether your account was included in the attack and provide you with the information about identity protection and credit monitoring." Maine's account holders can call the AJLA Response Center at (844) 469-3939. The Response Center's hours are 9 a.m. EDT until 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Affected individuals can access additional details about the incident and how to protect their information on the AJLA website at http://sitedev.ajla.net/pressrelease.html . Commissioner Paquette added, "Some immediate steps you can take include placing a 90-day fraud alert on your credit reports with the three major credit reporting organizations, obtaining a free credit report, and placing a freeze on your credit report. Maine law allows residents to freeze their credit report at no cost." For more information on how to take these steps, people should visit the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection's website, http://www.maine.gov/pfr/consumercredit/file_freeze_info.htm, part of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Individuals who have concerns about a potential identity theft can contact the Attorney General's Office Consumer Line, 1-800-436-2131, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The Department of Labor's notification is being done in accordance with Maine law, Title 10, §1348, Security Breach Notice Requirements. Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. -end- [...]



America's JobLink (AJL) Data Incident

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:15:40 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2017 Media Contact: Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA-TS, christineb@ajla.net *Embargoed until 9 a.m. CDT, March 22, 2017* TOPEKA, Kan., March 21, 2017 - America's JobLink (AJL), a multi-state web-based system that links job seekers with employers, has been the victim of a hacking incident from an outside source. AJLA-TS is developed and maintained by American's Job Link Alliance-Technical Support (AJLA-TS). AJLA-TS has been in business for almost 50 years; this is the first known intrusion AJLA-TS has experienced. On March 21st, AJLA-TS confirmed that a malicious third party "hacker" exploited a vulnerability in the AJL application code to view the names, Social Security Numbers, and dates of birth of job seekers in the AJL systems of up to ten states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Upon discovery of this activity, AJLA-TS immediately intervened and deployed its technical team to assess and stop the incursion, disabling the hacker's access to the AJL systems. AJLA-TS is working diligently with law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend the perpetrator. An independent forensic firm is completing work to determine how many job seeker accounts may have been viewed and where those individuals are located. The firm has verified that the method of the hacker's attack has been remediated and is no longer a threat to the AJLA-TS system. AJLA-TS also develops and maintains ReportLink, a workforce program data management system, and CertLink, a Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) management system. The forensic firm has concluded that the code vulnerability did not affect those systems. Media and individuals with additional questions should contact Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA-TS at christineb@ajla.net. -end-**Information for Maine JobLink Account Holders, Especially Those Containing Valid Social Security Numbers** New accounts created on or after March 16 are not affected. Job seeker accounts that include a valid Social Security Number are potentially at most risk. To check this please log into your JobLink account; as long as you were not actively filing for unemployment benefits you can delete your Social Security Number from your JobLink account. You can do this online without calling the department.Additional information will be sent to the email on file in Maine JobLink to individuals determined most at risk in accordance with state law. The department recommends that you put a freeze on your credit report if you had a valid Social Security Number in your JobLink account. Maine law allows you to freeze your credit report for free. A credit freeze will prevent unauthorized parties from accessing your credit report unless you give them specific permission. Freezing your credit will not affect your credit score. The three Credit Reporting Agencies are Equifax, https://www.freeze.equifax.com ; Experian, https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.html ; and Trans Union, http://www.transunion.com/securityfreeze . It is possible for you to place a free, 90-day fraud alert on your credit reports with the three major credit reporting organizations, and to extend the 90-day alert by calling for an extension after the initial 90 days. Under Maine law, you are also entitled to a free credit report from the three reporting agencies each year. Detailed instructions for taking these steps are available on the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation's website, http://www.maine.gov/pfr/financialinstitutions/consumer/credit_report.htm . Questions can be addressed by calling the Maine Department of Labor at 1-888-457-8883. Due to an expected high call volume, your patie[...]



The latest employer update from the Maine Deaprtment of Labor is out! Wage and Hour Compliance, Maine-at-Work Initiative, Job Fair Season & more

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:29:32 EDT

The latest Employer Update from the Maine Department of Labor is available. Find it at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/18b7a4c

Topics include:

- Maine Employers and Job Seekers Head to MAWI this Winter - Maine-at-Work on the Radio - Status of the Federal Overtime Rule - Wage and Hour Compliance Assistance - Video: Protect your business from higher unemployment taxes - Legislative Update - Job Fair Season - How to Contact Unemployment Employer Services - Visit MDOL at the Maine HR Convention - Maine JobLink Software Update - Rulemaking for Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking - Maine Unemployment Rate 3.5 Percent in January - Maine's Private Sector Employment Reached New High in 2016 - 195+ Veterans Hired through Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

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