Lewiston CareerCenter January programs include resume writing, interview practice

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LEWISTON — The Lewiston CareerCenter has released its workshop programs for January.

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. All workshops are located at the Lewiston CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way, unless otherwise noted.

Training Projects — Construction: Recruitment beginning now. Job seekers will learn about the construction trades in this 11-week training, a combination of classroom training and work experience — two days’ class and three days’ work. For more information, 207-753-9005.

Job Fair with 20-plus employers: 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Jan. 8. Employers are hiring and will be on hand to talk with job seekers, who should be prepared with a resume and ready and dressed “interview-like” conversation. 

Gateway to Employment: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Provides an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to job seekers during their search. 

Training Orientation: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10, and 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 24. The orientation will give an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. Register at 207-753-9005.

Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 11. This introductory workshop will help job seekers decide whether self-employment is the right choice. The class covers the pros and cons of owning a business, the elements of a business plan and the many resources available. Facilitated by Bill Card. Register at 207-753-9005.

Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 19. Job seekers will learn the basic dos and don’ts of resume writing: how to stand out in a positive way by marketing themselves — on paper — in a way that directly matches employer needs. Computers will be available and participants will be able to compose a draft resume with staff assistance. Those attending should bring their work history profile from Maine JobLink and must be able to type their own resume. Register at 207-753-9005.

Orientation for People with Disabilities: 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. For people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services, these workshops are held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

New Mainers Workshop: 9 to 11 a.m.  Thursday, Jan. 25. This class will show how to complete paper and online job applications. Somali interpreters will be on hand; if other language interpreters are needed, requests should be made by Jan. 11. Register at 207-753-9005.

Interview Skills/Mock Interviews: 10 a.m. to noon. Thursday, Jan. 25. Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools needed 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 job seekers can practice, get feedback and observe other participants. Register at 207-753-9005.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: By appointment. Basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Register by calling 1-800-281-3703. Participants should bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

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 Lewiston CareerCenter is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-753-9005 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). More information is also at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.gov.

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