April programs at Rockland CareerCenter

Mar 28, 2014

Rockland — 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.

“Although Maine’s unemployment rate has been steadily decreasing for the past few years and private sector jobs are growing, I know that many people are still looking for good jobs,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage in a news release. “I urge you to connect with a CareerCenter to get free help in finding a good paying job that matches your interests and skills. Our staff can help you create a great resume, practice interviewing, and improve your job search strategy. Don’t get left behind, help is here for you.”

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O ’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the 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 in Rockland unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

GATEways to Employment: Tuesday, April 1 and 15, 9 a.m. to noon

Designed to help jumpstart the work search with the latest tips and tools to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Explores career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator­: Wednesday, April 9, 9 a.m. to noon.

Understanding one's personality type as an aid to choosing a career. This workshop requires participants to complete a paper quiz at the CareerCenter at least one week before.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Wednesday, April 16, 9 a.m. to noon

Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Interviewing Skills: Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon

Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

Computer Boot Camp: Tuesday mornings

Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce basic computer skills to people who have not used one before.

The Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations.

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act. Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Rockland CareerCenter in at 596-2600 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every other week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested in will be made available at the end of the orientation. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Small Business Start Up Workshop: Tuesday, April 22, 1 to 3 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 two-hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor David Hill will walk you through the keys to successful business start up and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you?

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community 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 Shelley Taylor in Bath at 386-1664 or go to womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park St. in Bath and are open to all interested parties.

Rockland CareerCenter is at 91 Camden St. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and can be reached at 596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711.

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