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Making a Career Leap

The first step toward a major career change is self-exploration. This can lead to enlivening new information about what you can offer employers and what your most important preferences are as an employee.

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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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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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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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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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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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