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More than a Dozen Augusta Area Employers Hiring at June 26 Job Fair

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:59:02 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2017

Contact: Peter Diplock, 207-624-5183

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-More than a dozen Augusta-area employers are recruiting on Monday, June 26 at the Augusta CareerCenter from 2 to 4 p.m. Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring a current resume and be prepared to interview. The CareerCenter is located at 21 Enterprise Dr., Ste. 2 in Augusta, Maine.

"In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."

Participating employers include:

- Assistance Plus - Bonney Staffing - Charter Communications - Crossmark - Ecocor LLC - Goodwill - Maine-ly Elder Care - Manpower - Modern Woodman of America - Woodlands Senior Living - Spurwink - T-Mobile - TD Banknorth

And More!

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The Augusta CareerCenter, located at 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 624-5120 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711). More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

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

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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.2 Percent in May

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:21:19 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2017 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz 207-621-5009**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data****Household Survey Estimates -** The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.2 percent for May was up slightly from 3.0 percent in March and April and down from 3.9 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 4,000 over the year to 22,600. The slight unemployment rate increase was expected; it does not indicate a deterioration in workforce conditions (see note 1 below). The unemployment rate has been below 4 percent for the last eight months and 16 of the last 19.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for May was little changed from 4.4 percent for April and down from 4.7 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 4.1 percent.May unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.9 percent in New Hampshire, 3.1 percent in Vermont, 4.2 percent in Massachusetts, 4.1 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.9 percent in Connecticut.The employment to population ratio estimate of 62.0 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.0 percent.Payroll Survey Estimates - The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 619,500 for May was up 3,400 from one year ago. Nearly all growth was in the private sector with little change in government jobs. The largest job gains were in the healthcare, construction, and hospitality sectors.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data**The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.5 percent for May was down from 3.8 percent one year ago. The lowest rate was 2.7 percent in Cumberland County and the highest was 6.2 percent in Aroostook County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.7 percent) and Lewiston-Auburn (3.2 percent) metro areas and close to the average in the Bangor metro (3.6 percent).June estimates will be released on Friday, July 18 (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 http://cwri.blogspot.com/2017/03/2016-workforce-data-revisions-stronger.html.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 do not always occur with the same timing, which can exacerbate mo[...]



Maine Department of Labor Announces Program Changes

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:15:04 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2017 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009 *Adjustments required by record-low volume of unemployment claims* AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor announces that the state's participation in the federally funded Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program, a joint offering of the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation and the Bureau of Employment Services, will be placed on hiatus. Up to ten employees of the Bureau of Employment Services, located mainly in the agency's CareerCenters, will be laid off as a result. "RESEA is a successful program because it helps people on unemployment get back to work earlier, but the current funding model is not flexible for low-unemployment states," said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. "After discussions with USDOL, Maine has decided to place the program on hold while the federal government looks at ways to modify the requirements of the program for states with a low volume of unemployment claimants. Maine will still provide job search services for unemployment claimants using alternative resources." Under RESEA, individuals filing for unemployment and who meet the criteria for "most likely to exhaust" all 26 weeks of benefits or who are separating veterans attend targeted workshops to improve their resumes and job-search strategies. Attendance is mandatory and benefits are denied for non-participation. Workshops are held in CareerCenters around the state. The federal grant reimburses the state for each unemployment claimant who attends the workshop and a follow-up counseling session. The RESEA grant provides support for a dedicated statewide team to conduct the workshops and counseling sessions. With the current volume of unemployment claims-at a 32-year low-the department does not have enough eligible RESEA participants to ensure that the reimbursement from the RESEA grant would pay for those dedicated employees. In February, RESEA participation was 47 percent below what was required and in April it was 23 percent lower; therefore, the determination was made that the department cannot meet the terms of the grant for this current federal fiscal year. Paquette added, "Other states are having similar discussions with USDOL, but Maine is the first to take this step officially. Just as states need flexibility and support for times of high unemployment, we need a different type of flexibility when we enter times of what some may consider ‘full employment.'" "We will continue to provide job-search assistance to individuals on unemployment through the Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services (WPRS) program in all of our CareerCenters," stated the Commissioner. "We have the capacity with our remaining CareerCenter consultants to provide these services, and we will continue to develop alternative delivery methods including using technology to provide workshops in multiple locations and via mobile devices." When USDOL issues the 2018 grant, the department will review its requirements, the volume of claims at that time, and any changes the federal government might make for states with low unemployment rates, and then make a determination as to whether the state can once again participate. The department does anticipate participating when the volume of claims rises due to a change in economic conditions. The affected staff members have attended a Rapid Response session and are covered by a collective bargaining agreement with recall rights up to three years. The department's goal, as in any layoff, is to connect these workers with jobs inside or outside state government as soon as possible. The program will be phased out over the next several weeks. Unemployment claimants selected for the RESEA program during this period are still required to participate. The Department of Labor administers Maine's unemployment insurance system, helps ensure the safety of employees and provides workforce development leadership and vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state. Th[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:32:25 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 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."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."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.**Job Fair with 30+ Employers - Monday, June 5, 10 a.m. to noon**Participating employers, coming 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. Dress to impress!**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Wednesday, June 7, 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.**Career Decision Making - Wednesday, June 14, 9 a.m. to noon**Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. **Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, June 15, 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.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, June 15, 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, June 22, 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 June 8 by calling 753-9005.**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, June 28, 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 schedule**Basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college [...]



Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in June

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:23:33 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2017 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, (207) 621-5009 Class registration or 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345)*Space is available for classes in Augusta, Bangor, Portland, Presque Isle, Rockland and Springvale.*AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers and employees throughout June. Visit the class registration page at www.safetyworksmaine.gov or call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) to register for any class."Safety is good business for the employee and the company," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our experienced staff visit your facility to provide advice only at your request and help you identify hazards to help reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses. Visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.gov to learn more."Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees in the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta, unless otherwise noted.**Wage and Hour Compliance Assistant:**- Thursday, June 1, 9 a.m. to Noon, Rockland CareerCenter, 91 Camden St., Ste. 201, Rockland - Wednesday, June 28, 9 a.m. to noon, SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, AugustaThis course is designed for human resource or benefits professionals, accountants, business owners, managers, or payroll supervisors. Labor laws can be complex. This seminar covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave, family sick leave, and domestic violence), and break requirements. Addresses commonly asked labor related questions. **Video Display Terminal--Train the Trainer: Wednesday, June 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta**Maine's Video Display Terminal (VDT) law requires employers to train VDT operators how to work safely at the computer. This class will prepare trainers, supervisors and safety team members to recognize the hazards VDT operators are exposed to and eliminate them.**Ladder Safety: Thursday, June 8, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce St., Ste. 1, Presque Isle**Ladders are a major source of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Yet falls can be reduced if people use caution when climbing ladders or when working in places where falls are a potential hazard. This course will show participants how falls from ladders can be prevented through education that includes planning for ladder use, inspecting the ladder prior to use, and using basic ladder safeguards. **Accident Investigation/Injury Analysis: Friday, June 9, 8:30 to 12:30 p.m., York County CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale**When work doesn't go as planned, accidents and near-misses happen. Investigating these incidents can prevent similar or even more serious problems from happening. Learn how to conduct a thorough accident/incident investigation and how to use your results to prevent future accidents.**Forklift Operator Safety: Monday, June 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta**This class is designed for new operators. The instruction will involve classroom and hands-on training. Training will include performing a forklift inspection and use of the department's forklift simulator. This training does not meet the requirements to qualify the participants to be a "qualified operator". Only the employer can provide such certification.**Machine Guarding: Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta**Machine Guarding Participants in this class will learn about the standards for metal and woodworking machines as well as various machine guarding techniques. We will apply basic guarding practices when specific issues are not covered in the regulation. OSHA Subpart O will be covered.**10-Hour Construction Standards: Thursday, June 15[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:20:57 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2017Contact: Dawn Self- Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460Media 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."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 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, http://meoc.maine.edu .**Resume and Interview Coaching - Monday, June 19, 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.**Career Exploration Workshop - Friday, June 23**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.**Monthly Job Fair at the CareerCenter - Monday, June 26, 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. **Federal Employment Workshop - Thursday June 29 and Friday June 30, 9 a.m. to Noon**Do you want to apply for a federal job, but are not sure how to navigate USAJobs.com? Would you like assistance building a quality federal resume? Join us for an in-depth workshop designed to cover nearly every aspect of the updated USAJobs website, and federal job postings. This, instructor led, training will guided each attendee through the actual USAJobs website, on your personal laptop or one of our computers. This step-by-step workshop will cover: establishing a USAJobs account, reviewing job postings; identifying qualifications and requirements, a three part process for writing, building, or tailoring a federal resume, Veteran preference and more. Call today to reserve your seat**Employer Recruitments for June at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates: AtWork Personnel, CoWorx and MASIS, Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, noon to 3 p.m.**Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of ID. Ple[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:34:07 EDT

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2017Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces June programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."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 Fairs: Wednesday, June 7**- **Health Care Job Fair, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.** - **Multiple-Industries Job Fair, Noon to 3 p.m.**June is when employers are looking for new graduates and serious job seekers to fill full-time and seasonal positions. Employers will be available to accept resumes and/or interview. A list of exhibitors can be found on the CareerCenter website at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.**Resume Information Seminar: Fridays, June 2 and 16, 9 to 11 a.m.**This is a not-to-be-missed workshop that will teach you how to write a dynamic resume. It provides you with the tools to promote and target your qualifications to directly match the employer's needs. You will learn how to insure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers.Registration is required as the workshops fill up quickly. Please call the reception desk at 822-3300 to register.**Career Exploration Workshop (CEW): Two-Day Workshop, June 5 and 6. Required assessment on June 1. **This extensive and informative two day workshop will be offered to Vocational Rehabilitation clients at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. **Pre-assessment is on June 1, 2017**. 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.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesdays, June 14 and 28, 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, June 30, 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 preregistration is required. Please call 822-3300.**Unemployed Professionals Group: Every Tuesday in June[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:27:50 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900Media 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."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."Workshops are held at the Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias, unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone. To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/washingtoncountycareercenters .**Manage Your Business with QuickBooks Reports - Friday, June 2, 9 a.m. to Noon**The reporting features of Quickbooks can help you as a business owner gain essential insight in learning to analyze how your business is doing so you can improve your business results. This SCORE workshop will help you drill down into your business details and show ways to improve profitability. To register call Sunrise County Economic Council at 207-255-0983. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited.**Recruitment Event: The Jackson Laboratory and Witham Family Hotels, Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m. to Noon, Milbridge Public Library, 18 School St., Milbridge**Walk-in interviews and information session. The Jackson Laboratory and Witham Family Hotels are hiring and will be at this recruitment event looking for employees. For information call Mike at 255-1916. **GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session, Every Tuesday**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.**Essentials of College Planning - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) services in particular and touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The admission section reviews college options, the college search process and the application structure. The fundamentals of financial aid, including the filing process and the applications are covered in detail. Career options and counseling are introduced. Effective transitions into college, college readiness and study skills are discussed. For a schedule and to register for a MEOC Workshop, call 207-991-2851.**Financial Aid - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)**The Financial Aid Workshop provides an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Discussion will include a review of the federal, state, school-based, and private funding sources. Upon completion of this workshop the student will be able to effectively access the funding th[...]



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

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:58:26 EDT

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2017Contact: Patty Perry, Bangor CareerCenter, 760-6302Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009BANGOR-Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor announces June programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. "In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."**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 JobLink 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.**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/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 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.Tri-County CareerCenter is located at 45 Oak St. in Bangor and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can be reached at 561-4050 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.-end-[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:34:24 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Pat Curtiss, Wilton CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831Media 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 June. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."**Vocational Rehabilitation-Thursday, June 1, 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.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Thursday, June 8, 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.**Rumford Area Resume and Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, June 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m.***Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, ME*Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. "Tough" interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Please call 645-5800 to sign up.**Employer Expectations-Wednesday, June 14, 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, June 21, 2 to 4 p.m.***Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, ME*This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the third Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.**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[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:32:12 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017

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

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

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

"In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."

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, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:00 a.m.**

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

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9 a.m.**

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

**SafetyWorks! Ladder Safety - Thursday, June 8, 8:30 a.m.**

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

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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June Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:30:34 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Peter Diplock, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831Media 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 June."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."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, June 5, 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, June 6 and 20, 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.**It All Starts Here-Monday, June 12, 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."**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Tuesdays, June 13 and 20, 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. **Successful Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, June 13, 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 Orien[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:50:49 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide Internet access and O-Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Thursday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today's job market.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, June 7, 1 to 3 p.m.**Introduction to services for job seekers with a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Training Orientation-Wednesdays, June 7 and 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.**For people over the age of 24 who live in Knox or Lincoln County and want to explore occupational training programs. People under the age of 25 can call 596-2600 for arrangements. All ages in Waldo County call 930-7047.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Thursday, June 8, 9 a.m. to Noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Effective Interviewing Skills-Thursday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.****Credit Repair-Tuesday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. to Noon**Understanding the role of personal financial credit as it affects employment and other aspects of life. **Computer Boot Camp-Tuesday mornings. Call to Schedule.**To introduce the computer to people who have never used one before.**Planning Your Job Search-Each Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon.**The latest tips and ideas a successful job search in today's labor market.Rockland CareerCenter also features sessions led by our partner organization.**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 25 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Rockland CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative. Interested applicants between 16 and 24 years of age should contact the Workforce Solutions office at 930-7047.**New Ventures Maine** offers no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For mo[...]



May Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:33:33 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills, and employers to find qualified workers. "In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. 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. 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 http://www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today's job market. **Planning Your Job Search-Wednesday, June 14, 9 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. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. **Effective Job Interviewing Workshop-Wednesday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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).The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:**Essentials of College Planning Workshop-Tuesdays, June 6 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, meoc.maine.edu .**Small Business Start Up Workshop-Thursday, June 15, 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[...]



More than 80 Employers Hiring at Bangor Area Job Fair on May 23

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:34:53 EDT

More than 80 Employers Hiring at Bangor Area Job Fair on May 23 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2017 Contact: Patty Perry, 760-6302 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009AUGUSTA-The 20th Annual Spring Career Fair is hosting more than 80 Bangor-area employers on Tuesday, May 23 at the Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor from 9 a.m. to noon. Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring a current resume and be prepared to interview. The 20th Annual Spring Career Fair is sponsored by Bangor CareerCenter, Bangor Daily News, Cross Insurance Center, Eastern Maine Development Corp (EMDC), Maine Department of Labor, and Northeastern Workforce Development Board. The event will also have door prizes and attendees can have their resume professionally critiqued."Professional career consultants and business services representatives help connect job seekers and employers throughout Maine CareerCenters," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They offer many job search services and training programs to help Maine citizens gain skills our employers need in this improved economic climate. I encourage those looking for a job and those looking for workers to connect with their closest CareerCenter."Participating vendors include:- Arcadia New England - Assistance Plus - athenahealth - Bangor Police Department - Bangor Area Staffing Solutions - Bangor Daily News - Bank of America - Beal College - Blueberry Broadcasting - Bonney Staffing Center - Boston Financial - Bowman Constructors - Bridges Home Services - Bucksport Regional Health Center - C & L Aviation Group - CareerCenter - Care and Comfort - Charlotte White Center - Cianbro - Commonsense Housing - Community Care - Community Health & Counseling Services - Crossmark - Dirigo Pines Retirement Community - Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center - Dunkin' Donuts - Eastern Maine Community College - Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) - Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) - F.W. Webb - Genesis - Hancock Regional Communications Center - Hinckley Company, The - H.O. Bouchard, Inc. - Hollywood Casino - Home, Hope & Healing/Aspire - HW Staffing Solutions - Jackson Laboratory, The - KidsPeace - Living Innovations - Loving Touch In Home Care - Lynch Logistics - Maine Dept of Transportation - Maine Educational Opportunity Center - Maine State Police - Manpower - MAS Community Health - MERT Enterprises - Modern Woodmen of America - National Health Care Associates - New England Home Health Care - New England Recruiting Battalion (US Army) - Northeast Technical Institute - Pathways - Penobscot Community Health Care - Penobscot Job Corps Center - PeopleReady - RH Foster - Rite Aid Pharmacy - Ross Manor - SW Cole Explorations, LLC - Securitas Security Services - Seniors Plus - Sonogee Rehabilitation & Living Center - Spectrum - Spurwink Services - Transportation Security Administration (TSA/DHS) - UCP of Maine - UMaine Online - University of Maine at Augusta - U.S. Air Force - U.S. Border Patrol - U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Volunteers of America - Walmart - Wayfair - Wings for Children & Families - Woodlands Senior Living - Zone RadioCareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.The Bangor CareerCenter, located at 45 Oak Street, Suite 3 in Bangor, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (207) 561-4050 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711). Mor[...]