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Finally, it’s Your Turn to Pick and Choose!

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist  Right now in Maine, there are more people retiring each year than there are new workers to replace them. This imbalance is a little scary for our service providers and manufacturers. For people like you and me, this means a big increase in the amount career opportunities available. It is a mighty good time to explore and prepare for a career that …

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Building Confidence

Written by Tom Grogan, North Central/Downeast Region Workforce Specialist “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu   Start With Confidence Why is developing a sense of confidence important in a job search? Because it is a key part of any new …

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What Employers Want

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist  The good news in today’s job market is that unemployment rates are low. However, for some employers, this makes it hard to fill key positions with strong candidates. So what are hiring managers looking for when selecting employees? Every field requires a unique set of technical skills, but what sets one job applicant apart from the rest? The answer may be in the …

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Gender and Career Choice

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager  Gender and My Career Path As a young woman or young man, or even as a child, do you remember what kinds of jobs interested you? Where did your ideas about jobs and work come from? I worked on a farm starting in the 6th grade until I finished high school. Yet, as I grew older, my thoughts about my …

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How Can I Tap the Hidden Job Market?

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist Networking – Using Our Connections Roughly, seven out of ten people got their new job last year through networking. Oddly, many of these jobs weren’t posted. Defined as hidden, the only way to access these jobs is by connecting with people. Any guesses about what a forest has to do with it? Trees build network connections as little saplings through an underground …

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Spring into Your Local Job Fair

Written by Lisa Sweet, Southern Region Workforce Development Specialist Spring provides an opportunity for growth and new opportunities. If you are looking to change careers, or want to explore the local job market, a job fair is a wonderful opportunity to connect with employers and learn about job openings.   There are many benefits of attending a Job Fair: You can talk face-to-face with lots of employers – depending on …

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New Goals for the New Year

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist     Goal-setting is key to building confidence and success. It is important to keep our goals realistic, even as we stretch and grow. How do we set goals we can meet in 2018?   There are several tools that can help: Write it down. Writing a clear goal with a specific deadline keeps you accountable.   Break it up. Dividing …

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My Next Career Move Offered Statewide

  Are you or someone you know thinking about a career change?  Interested in starting college or completing a degree and want to find a field that will lead to job opportunities? The “My Next Career Move” class, offered online and in your community, will help you take charge of your career and create an action plan to achieve success.   Join this multi-session career exploration and planning class to: …

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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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