Central Maine job fair on tap Thursday in Pittsfield

Posted May 17, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The town of Pittsfield, in cooperation with the Kennebec-Somerset Transition team, will partner for a fourth consecutive year Thursday to offer a regional job fair.

The event, which is designed especially for businesses and job seekers in central Maine, will feature more than 45 employers and resource providers with an expected attendance of 350 or more participants, based on past years. Only employers who have jobs available are invited to participate in the fair.

“It’s more important than ever before that people know the educational resources available to them when looking for a job,” Dana Hamilton, Kenn-Som Transition Team coordinator for the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, said in a press release. “Our work force is changing and many of the jobs in our region require ongoing training. We want to help people know their options as they consider long-term employment options — setting themselves up for a career, not just their next job.”

A series of workshops will be presented at the fair as follows:

— 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.: Women Unlimited, which works to improve the financial independence of Maine women, minorities and disadvantaged workers, will present information about 21st century careers and educational opportunities.

— 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.: A session called “Maximizing Social Media in Your Job Search” will teach participants how best to use the Web-based service LinkedIn to network with companies and people. The session will also address which job search websites are the best.

— 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.: “Introduction to WorkReady” will introduce the 60-hour online work force development and training program called WorkReady, which provides participants will essential work skills.

— 5:15 to 6 p.m.: A session called “Financial Literacy — Money Matters” will help participants learn how to manage money through eight steps to financial success.

— 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.: This session will present several tools to help a person start up a business.

The job fair is scheduled to run from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Warsaw Middle School, which is located at 167 School St. in Pittsfield.

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