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February Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:44:20 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2017 Contact: Pat Curtiss, Wilton CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009

WILTON-For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in February. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

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

**Rumford Area Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, February 15, 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.

**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Thursday, February 16, 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, February 28, 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.

**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 software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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Job Fair on February 9 at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:18:02 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2017 Contact: Peter Diplock, Augusta CareerCenter Manager, 624-5183 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

AUGUSTA-Fifteen plus employers will be recruiting at the Skowhegan CareerCenter from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, at 98 North Ave, Suite 20, Skowhegan, ME. All are seeking qualified employees to fill current positions. Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring a current resume and be prepared to interview.

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

**Participating employers include:**

- Arcadia New England - Aspire Behavioral Health & Counseling/Home Hope and Healing - Bonney Staffing Center - Care & Comfort - Cedar Ridge Center (Genesis Health Care) - Johnny's Selected Seeds - KVCAP Transportation - Maine Revenue Service - Maine Staffing Group - MaineDOT - Manpower - NRF Distributors - People Ready - Pillars Community Outreach, Inc - SKILLS, Inc. - Spurwink Services - State of Maine---Office of Information Technology

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) 474-4950 (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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February Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:05:01 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 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."Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when looking for a new job or starting a new career," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters' no-cost workshops help you improve your job applications, write a targeted resume, strengthen your interview skills and prepare for our state's many upcoming job fairs. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, February 6, 13 and 27, 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 .**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, February 21, 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 - Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24**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.**Hospitality Job Fair - Monday, February 27, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity in hospitality. Recruiters from regional hotels and restaurants will be at the York County CareerCenter, interviewing for their current and Summer 2017 openings. Please check http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml and our Facebook and Twitter for a list of participating employers. **Employer Recruitments for February at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates: CoWorx, MASIS, and Manpower - Will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 8, 15 and 22.**Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.**Competitive Skills Scholarship Program -** The Competitive Skills Scholarship helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. York County is currently accepting applications for the program. For more information or to download an application please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml .**The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in February:****Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this [...]



February Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:01:41 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 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 February."Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when looking for a new job or starting a new career," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters' no-cost workshops help you improve your job applications, write a targeted resume, strengthen your interview skills and prepare for our state's many upcoming job fairs. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."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, February 6, 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. Please register in advance as space may be limited (workshops start promptly at scheduled time; please understand admittance may not be possible after the start time). **Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Tuesdays, February 7 and 21, 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, February 13, 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, February 14, 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 Don'ts" and what to expect during the process.**Training Program Orientation-Monday, February 27, 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 get ahead? If you qualify, CareerCenters can work with you to set goals, find training and identify financial resources to make your plan possible. CareerCenters are the providers of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services in Maine. If you live in Somerset County, the Skowhegan CareerCenter may be able to help.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Wednesday, February 8 and 22, 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 o[...]



February Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:14:29 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2017 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

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

"Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available."

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, February 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 9:00 a.m.**

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

**Hazard Communication / Global Harmonization and Chemical Substitution - Tuesday, February 7**

Identification, classification, labeling of hazardous chemicals. Interested participants should contact SafetyWorks! at 207-623-7900.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 9 a.m.**

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

**Maine JobLink Resume Creation - Wednesday, February 22 at 9 a.m.**

Learn how to create a resume utilizing the Maine JobLink resume tool

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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February Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:10:01 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2017 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094 Media 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."Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when looking for a new job or starting a new career," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters' no-cost workshops help you improve your job applications, write a targeted resume, strengthen your interview skills and prepare for our state's many upcoming job fairs. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Lewiston unless otherwise noted.**Job Fair - Monday, February 6, 10 a.m. to Noon**More than 30 employers, 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!**Career Decision Making - A two-part workshop - Tuesday, February 7, 9 a.m. to noon and Friday, February 10, 10 a.m. to noon**Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals.**Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, February 9, 10 a.m. to noon**This introductory workshop will help you decide whether self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. To register contact Karleen Andrews at 207-557-1885.**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, February 16, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink. Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing; how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself-on paper-in a way that directly matches employer needs. Computers will be available and you will be able to compose a draft resume with staff assistance. Must be able to type your own resume.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, February 16, 2 to 4 p.m.**Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview of interview skills and employer expectations and will also include mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback, and observe other participants!**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, February 22, 2 to 3 p.m.**For people who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration not required.**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, February 23, 9 to 11 a.m.**How to complete paper and online job applications. Somali interpreter will be on hand; if other language interpreters are needed, request by February 10.**Training Orientation - Call to schedule**This is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider the "Job Search Skills" workshop. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register for the Lewiston location. **Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Call to schedule**Basic steps for successful college[...]



February Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:07:33 EST

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2017 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces February programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when looking for a new job or starting a new career," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters' no-cost workshops help you improve your job applications, write a targeted resume, strengthen your interview skills and prepare for our state's many upcoming job fairs. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."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.**Veteran's Career Connection and Collaboration Council: Friday, February 3, 9 to 11 a.m.**Are you a Veteran looking for work? Come join the Portland Job Search Group run by Veterans for Veterans. You will be able to meet, network, and share best practices with fellow Veteran job seekers. A Veteran CareerCenter Consultant and a panel of Veteran professionals will be able to discuss job search issues and other issues that you feel are creating a barrier to your successful employment. Pre-Registration is suggested but not required. You may register by emailing allen.blackstone@maine.gov.**Resume Information Seminar: Fridays, February 3 and 17, 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: Monday, February 6 through Tuesday, February 7**This extensive and informative two-day workshop is offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. Pre-assessment will be February 2, 2017. VR clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Gateways to Employment: Tuesday, February 7, 1 to 4 p.m.**This is the first workshop in a group of workshops offered for job seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. Topics include assessing individual abilities, interests and skills; discovering the "hidden job market;" cover letter tips; job search strategies; and other resources for job seekers. This workshop is targeted to both first time job seekers and those who have not yet been successful in their job search. Pre-registration is necessary. Contact the Reception Desk at 822-3300 to register.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesday, February 8 and 22, 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 .**Employer Emporium - Employer Engagement: Thursday, February 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m.**This event brings Employers and the Employer Relations Team together with a common goal to share best practices, explore creative solutions, [...]



February Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:04:35 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2017 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers."Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when looking for a new job or starting a new career," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters' no-cost workshops help you improve your job applications, write a targeted resume, strengthen your interview skills and prepare for our state's many upcoming job fairs. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."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, February 2, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today's job market.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Thursday, February 9, 9 a.m to noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Monday, February 13, 9 a.m. to noon**Introduction to services for job seekers who have a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Effective Interviewing Skills - Thursday, February 16, 9 a.m. to noon**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Business Start-Up - Tuesday, February 21, 1 to 3 p.m.**Introduction to creating a business plan, with business counselor David Hill of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. **Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, February 23, 9 a.m. to noon**Designed to help you with the latest tips and ideas to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market.**Computer Boot Camp - Tuesday mornings**Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce the computer to people who have not used one before.**Rockland CareerCenter also features sessions led by our partner organization.****Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 25 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Rockland CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative. Interested applicants between 16 and 24 years of age should contact the Workforce Solutions office at 930-7047.**New Ventures Maine** offers no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call their Brunswick Administrative office at 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org . Greater Rockland office located at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite #402 Rockland, Maine 04841.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find [...]



February Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:02:36 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2017 Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000 Media 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. "Our CareerCenters help Mainers put their best foot forward when looking for a new job or starting a new career," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters' no-cost workshops help you improve your job applications, write a targeted resume, strengthen your interview skills and prepare for our state's many upcoming job fairs. I encourage both job seekers and employers to connect with their local CareerCenter this hiring season for job search and recruiting services."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 www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, February 2, 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, February 8, 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, February 15, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Computer Boot Camp -** Individual sessions held 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, February 7 and 21**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 Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Small Business Start Up Workshop - Thursday, February 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.**Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson will walk you through the keys to successful business startup and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you?**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment [...]



Lewiston-Auburn area Job Fair on February 6 hosts more than 20 Employers

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:00:25 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2017 Contact: Leon Ouiment, 207-373-4016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

LEWISTON--Job seekers can meet face to face with more than 20 employers at a February 6 job fair in Lewiston. The recruiting event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lewiston CareerCenter on 5 Mollison Way. The job fair is open to the public.

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

**Exhibitors Include**

- Adecco - Arcadia New England - Bonney Staffing Center - Carbonite - Complete Labor and Staffing - Creative Works Systems - Customs & Border Patrol - Hartt Transportation - High Tech Fire Protection - Home Care for Maine - John F. Murphy Homes - Kelly Services - Lewiston Public Schools - Maine D.O.T. - McKessson - Mullen's Driving School - People Ready - Poland Spring Bottling/Nestle Waters - Prudential - R.I.S.E. Inc. - Spurwink Services - Support Solutions - Wal-Mart Distribution Center

**About the CareerCenter**

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are no cost.

Call (207) 753-9001 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information. The Lewiston CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston, ME, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com.

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

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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.8 Percent in December

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:27:34 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192The Maine Department of Labor, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released December workforce estimates for Maine.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent was down slightly from 4.0 percent in November and 4.1 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 900 over the year to 26,200.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.7 percent was little changed from 4.6 percent in November and down from 5.0 percent one year ago.The employment to population ratio estimate of 61 percent remained above the U.S. average of 59.7 percent.The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.5 percent. Rates for other states were 2.6 percent in New Hampshire, 3.1 percent in Vermont, 2.8 percent in Massachusetts, 5.0 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.4 percent in Connecticut.Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .Payroll Survey Estimates - The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 610,900 for December was unchanged from one year ago.Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data** The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.5 percent for December was down from 3.9 percent one year ago. Rates ranged from 2.6 percent in Cumberland County to 5.5 percent in Somerset County. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and central counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland (2.6 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (3.0 percent), and Bangor (3.3 percent).Due to annual data revisions, release of January estimates will be delayed until Monday, March 13 (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 .NOTES1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including rates (labor force participation, employment, and unemployment rates), and levels (labor force, employed, and unemployed) tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (published in March each year) tend to moderate or eliminate those directional patterns.2. The 90 percent confidence interval for statewide unemployment rates in 2016 is 0.7 percentage points above or below the published estimate each month.3. To assess employment growth, we recommend looking at nonfarm jobs from the payroll survey rather than resident employment from the household survey. The payroll survey is larger, has smaller margins of error, and is subject to smaller revisions. More on the differences in accuracy of the two measures is at http://cwri.blogspot.com/2016/04/reports-that-maine-is-losing-jobs-are.html4. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to 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 monthly volatility. Users should look to the trend over multiple months rather than the change from one specific month to another. Estimates for the period from October 2015 to September 2016 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2017. Those benchmark revisions are likely to show[...]



Maine Department of Labor's summer update e-newsletter for employers is now available.

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:51:27 EDT

The Maine Department of Labor's update for employers is now available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/1561286#link_1460736795591 .

The Summer 2016 issue features include: - USDOL's New Overtime Rules and How they Apply in Maine - Maine JobLink-New Job Matching Service - Loan Program for People with Disabilities Seeks Bids for New Provider - Federal OSHA Penalties to Increase Aug. 1 - Federal OSHA Will Target High-Hazard Occupations in 2016 - Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign 2016 Kick-off: Job Fair & Military 101, Sept. 1, Augusta Armory - Nominations of Senior-Friendly Businesses Sought for 2016 Silver Collar Award



Holiday Reminder: State Offices Closed on February 20

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:52:57 EST

State offices, to include the CareerCenters and the Maine Department of Labor office in Augusta, will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of President's Day.

Unemployment benefit payments for those who file their weekly claim on Friday evening, February 17, through Monday, February 20, may be delayed until Wednesday, February 22.

Benefit recipients are reminded that the fastest way to file is online at http://www.file4ui.com . Expect longer wait times on the phones if you need to speak to a customer service representative when state offices reopen. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Watch the short videos on filing for unemployment and answers to frequently asked questions at http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/videos/index.html .



Safety Reminders for Snow Removal

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:28:11 EST

AUGUSTA-In light of 2015's heavy snow accumulation and recent news stories of worker injuries related to snow buildup and removal, the Department of Labor reminds Mainers to take precautions to prevent serious injuries while removing snow from driveways and roofs.

"No one should ever be injured or killed getting snow off a roof," stated Governor Paul R. LePage. "Do not take needless risks. Sometimes, we assume we know how to deal with the snow because it becomes routine. However, with these large accumulations, we should remind ourselves to take the right steps and not take safety for granted. Whether we are homeowners or professionals, we should make sure that everyone is safe by being aware of the risks and taking the right precautions."

SafetyWorks!, a program of the Department of Labor, reminds employers that workers going onto a roof to remove or work in snow are required to wear the appropriate fall protection equipment. Workers who are being asked to remove snow or make repairs to snow- or ice-covered structures, for example, building maintenance workers, may not have experience or training to prepare them.

Dangers include falling off roof edges, falling through skylights and falling from ladders and aerial lifts used to access the roof. The heavy accumulation also poses the danger of workers being injured or killed by a roof collapse. Prior to going on the roof, employers should assess the structure's ability to support not only the weight of the snow, but also that of the workers and any equipment they will be using. While on the roof, workers should always be alert to unexpected sounds or movement of surfaces that could indicate an imminent collapse. Shoveling or raking a roof can create an unbalanced load on the roof, also leading to collapse.

Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards require employers to evaluate hazards and protect workers from falls when working at heights of 4 feet or more above a lower level (1910.23) or 6 feet or more for construction work (1926.501).

Employers with questions about compliance requirements should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or http://www.safetyworksmaine.com . SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year.

SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with federal OSHA regulations and identifying training needs.

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