AUGUSTA— Spring is coming, and so are many opportunities to find a new job. The CareerCenters are currently involved in planning several career fairs, so brush up your resume and come dressed as if you were being interviewed for a job. Hundreds of employers will be hiring for both permanent and seasonal positions.
“Job fairs highlight the different companies and types of jobs a region offers,” explained Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “Job fairs are great places for people in different situations—whether it be someone who is unemployed, a younger person needing career ideas or someone who really wants to change careers—to be able to talk to many businesses and be inspired. Getting people back to work is a focus of the LePage Administration.”
The list begins with the an Education and Training Resource Fair in Lewiston, where job seekers and those considering changing careers can learn about opportunities to access training and find the right training program. Organizations that offer financial resources to support education and training will also be available to answer questions.
Several of the job fairs have a special focus, such as the Hiring Maine’s Heroes Job Fair in Augusta, which focuses on matching veterans with employment and specific resources, but the general public is welcome to participate as well.
Businesses interested in participating in the fairs should contact their local CareerCenter. To find the nearest CareerCenter, visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com or call 1-888-457-8883.
- Feb. 14: Education and Training Resource Fair at the Lewiston CareerCenter, 1–4 p.m.
- Feb. 21: Skowhegan Area Job Fair at CareerCenter, 10a.m.–1 p.m.
- Feb. 27: Sebago Lakes Region Job Fair
- March 20: Hiring Maine’s Heroes Job Fair, Augusta
- March 4: Lewiston CareerCenter Job Fair
- March 20: MaineJobs Spring Career Fair, 1-5 p.m. at the Seasons Event and Conference Center (formerly Verrillos), Portland
- March 28: Calais Area Job Fair 2013, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Washington County Community College
- April 5: Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce Job Fair
- April 10: Presque Isle Job Fair, Crow’s Nest Restaurant and Event Center, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- April 19: Third Annual York County Regional Job Fair, Springvale
- May 1: Machias Area Job Fair, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., at the Lee-Pellon Center, Machias
- May 14: Bangor CareerCenter Job Fair, 1–4 p.m., at the Spectacular Events Center
Last spring, York County held a Regional Job Fair in Springvale, with 65 organizations participating and more than 550 people attending. Feedback indicates that 50 job seekers were hired by such businesses as Adecco, Cianbro, FedEx Ground, Bonney Staffing, Fiber Materials, Home Helpers, Hussey Seating, Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation, New England Truck Tire, Project Flagging, Springborn Staffing, Waban and the York County Jail.
Paquette noted that the Department of Labor offers a number of resources for people looking for a new job. “For those who might need training to make a career change or get a dream job, the job fairs and the CareerCenters can help job seekers make those connections.” She added, “People do not have to try to do this on their own. In fact, people can visit a CareerCenter at any time to learn about training and apprenticeship opportunities.”
To find more information about jobs fairs across the state or to locate the closest CareerCenter and information about job training programs, visit the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .
CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of workshops and 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.
Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
February 11, 2013