LEWISTON – The Lewiston CareerCenter announces the September workshop schedule and the speakers for the Unemployed Professionals Group. All events are free of charge and are held at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston. The Maine Department of Labor provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

The Lewiston/Auburn Area Unemployed Professional Group meets weekly from 1-4 p.m. to provide support, resources and networking opportunities for unemployed and underemployed professionals while providing employers with a valuable talent pool from which to recruit and hire. Upcoming program topics are as follows:

Sept. 8, “L/A- It’s Happening Here!” with Paul Badeau, Lewiston/Auburn Economic Growth Council;

Sept. 15, “Overcoming Hiring Obstacles” with Lisa Hartnett, Western Maine Community Action/Lewiston CareerCenter;

Sept. 22, “Secrets of FUNancial Freedom” with Rita H. Losee, ScD, RN ** Woman of Adventure, Doctor of Success;

Sept. 29, “Careers in the Insurance Industry” with Patti Gagne Agency, Allstate, Lewiston.

Registration is not required for the Unemployed Professionals Group.

Other workshops offered at the CareerCenter include job search skills, career decision making, interviewing skills, and writing a resume.

“Career decision making” will be offered Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with follow up on Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to noon; or Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with follow up on Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-noon. This is a two-part workshop for those thinking about a career change and not sure about what job would best suit their needs. The workshop explores the different factors that affect career decisions; helps people identify interests, aptitudes and experience; discusses the tools available to research education and labor market information; and, guides in developing a plan. Registration is required. Call 753-9005, or TTY: 877-796-9833.

“Job search” will be offered Sept. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., or Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Those attending will learn how to do an effective job search; explore how employer’s hire; and methods to use in a job search that can lead to success. Registration is required. Call 753-9005 or TTY: 877-796-9833.

“Résumé basics” will be offered Sept. 11 or Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A résumé is a reflection of a person’s knowledge, skills and abilities. A résumé should reflect who you are and what you can offer. This workshop will explore the basics of résumés and applications and help attendees learn what can make a résumé or application stand out. Registration is required. Call 753-9005 or TTY: 877-796-9833.

“Interview skills” will be offered Sept. 16 or Sept. 24, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This workshop is for those who want to learn how to prepare for a successful job interview, how to promote the qualifications that directly match what the employer needs, how to prepare for the “tough” questions and answer them with confidence, and offers tips on how to dress and what to take to the interview. Registration is required. Call 753-9005 or TTY: 877-796-9833.

The CareerCenter and job search orientation is offered every Wednesday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. People can find out what services and resources the Lewiston CareerCenter has to offer folks newly unemployed or looking for a new career. This presentation offers an overview of resources available for those people looking for work. Attendees will also become registered for the CareerCenter job matching system. Registration is required. Call 753-9005 or TTY: 877-796-9833.

A higher education adviser is available every Tuesday from noon-2 p.m. to talk with those attending about options to attend college. She will help explore college choices based on interests and career goals; she will also talk about financial aid to make college a reality. Registration is not required, but please call 753-9005 to verify.

A community computer lab will be offered at the B Street Community Center every Tuesday and Thursday, from 2 to 5 p.m.; and at the Lewiston Public Library every Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program is for those who want to improve their computer skills, or need help with on-line job searches or writing a resume. The labs will also be helpful for those who want help with Microsoft applications, typing tutorials, or using the Internet. Registration is not required.

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