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Staying Self-Confident During Job Search

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager  You have been diligently searching for work. You contact and approach employers, network with friends and others, and have even had a few interviews that you thought went well. Yet, no successful job offer has been made.   At first, you might feel a bit annoyed and frustrated. After months of trying and still no job, many of us …

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Celebrating 3 Totally Trades! Fall Conferences

  Nearly 350 female students in total attended Totally Trades! conferences this fall. Events were held at the Mid-Coast School of Technology (Rockland), Washington County Community College (Calais), and Foster Career and Technical Education Center (Farmington).   Totally Trades! conferences are day-long events designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally underrepresented by women. Each conference provides hands-on workshop sessions focused on trade and technical careers. Large group …

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How to Write a Resume – Think Like a Boss

Writen by Janet Smith, Regional Manager and Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Western Region   There are many good guidelines and tips for writing an effective resume. One good rule of thumb is to “Think like a Boss.” The following tips will help you do just that!   Highlight Your Skills A boss wants to hire someone who can do the job and do it well. The job description and advertisement …

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Totally Trades: Deirdre Wadsworth

  We are very excited about the positive response to our Totally Trades! Conferences for middle and high school girls around the state! The Conferences provide hands-on opportunities for girls to explore careers in trade and technology fields, to learn about education and career pathways in these fields, and to be inspired by role models.   The Conferences are supported by the Maine Departments of Transportation and Education along with …

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Making the Most of Maine’s Job Fairs

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist   If you are looking for a new career, visit one of the many job fairs offered this fall. Job fairs are a great place to learn about different companies, find available positions, and to connect with employers. You can find a list of Maine CareerCenter job fairs here.   Follow these tips to make the job fair work for you: …

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Participant Profile: Alycia Fox

Alycia Fox of Bath started community college in 2009 at the age of twenty-one. Life challenges interrupted her pursuit of a degree for a time. Then, in 2016, she decided to explore her options.   Shaping Her Goals Alycia enrolled in an online career planning class with New Ventures Maine. She wanted to make a better future for herself than her work as a per diem CNA was providing.   …

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Is Finding a Mentor Right for You – YES!

 Written by SarahJoy Chaples North Central/Downeast Workforce Development Specialist   “Where are we meeting for coffee?” It’s time to sit down with my mentor for our monthly check-in. This one hour (sometimes more!) out of my month is one that I cherish. It inspires, refocuses, validates, and challenges me.   Find Someone Who Can Guide You Through the Forest Do you know the saying “you can’t see the forest for …

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It’s Your Time: Enroll in a Fall Class

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist   School’s out for summer! Your kids are at the finish line of another school year – now is a great time to start thinking about doing something for you!   Consider enrolling in a fall course, either in person or online.   University College centers across Maine make it easy to find a class close to home. There are centers in: …

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Is Online Learning for you?

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   Easy access to technology and the internet has opened up new possibilities for skill building and personal enrichment. At New Ventures Maine we have offered some online learning opportunities, and continue to explore how to best reach people through technology.   If you have never taken an online class, ask yourself the following: Am I too busy to …

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Now Hiring: IT & Technology Jobs in Maine

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist Have you ever been interested in a career in technology or computing? If you have strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills you are a strong candidate for an IT job. Best of all, there is no need to leave Maine to find training and a rewarding career in IT. In fact, Maine businesses need employees like you! Why IT? Job Satisfaction and …

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