Services Highlighted During State’s National Career Month
Residents invited to visit CTWorks Centers
for “career check-up”
For immediate release
October 27, 2008
During November, which has been designated as “National Career Month,” the
Connecticut Department of Labor is highlighting employment services available at
the state’s CTWorks Career Centers.
In support of this
effort, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has proclaimed November as Career Development Month in
Connecticut, noting that, “career development is necessary for children as they
expand their awareness of the world of work, for youth exploring educational and
career options, and for adults faced with a workplace of challenge, change and
the need for life-long learning.”
The career centers,
conveniently located throughout the state, have scheduled a number of special
events in November that are geared toward individuals looking to upgrade their
current job skills or seeking new employment.
According to State
Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, employment events at the CTWorks
Centers include skills assessments by career counselors, résumé writing
assistance, and workshops on interview tips networking.
”During the month
of November we will be shining the spotlight on our many workforce development
programs available to the public, “ Mayfield noted. “Whether you are a
first-time jobseeker, new to the job market, or a seasoned pro already working
in your field of choice, we want to let everyone know about the many services we
have available that can provide a ‘career check-up’ to any individual or
According to Mayfield, those visiting a CTWorks
Center can make an appointment to meet with a career development specialist, or
one of the agency’s Certified Professional Résumé Writers.
Visitors can also check out the wide variety of free
career workshops and learn about agency-sponsored Connecticut Career Fairs; get
the latest labor market statistics; or use a computer for job search; register
on the online job bank, and research occupations electronically by using the
“Schools, businesses and community organizations can
also make arrangements for an on-site visit from Labor Department staff on board
the Career Express, the agency’s mobile career center,” Mayfield added.
“The majority of our services are at no cost, including services to the business
community, such as recruitment assistance and tax credit programs.”
A sampling of the
various workshops offered at the CTWorks Career Centers include the
Hartford CTWorks Center:
Career Thinking workshops Nov. 5, 13, and 21 while a session on
Becoming the Boss will be held Nov. 20.
Résumé Writing workshops Nov. 13 and 25; Ace The
Interview workshop on Nov. 20; and Introduction to Word workshop
- New London
Job Search Using the Internet workshop on Nov. 7 and Electronic
Networking on Nov. 18.
Over 40 & Looking for Work workshop on Nov. 4 and Résumé Writing
workshops Nov. 13 and 25.
Transferable Skills Assessment workshop will be held on Nov. 4; a Job Search Strategies workshop on Nov. 6 and 20, and an
to the Internet workshop on Nov. 26.
offices are located at:
Bridgeport: 2 Lafayette Square; Danbury: 152 West Street; Danielson: 95 Westcott
Road; Enfield: 620 Enfield Street; Hamden: 37 Marne Street; Hartford: 3580 Main
Street; Meriden: 85 West Main Street; Middletown: 645 South Main Street; New
Britain: 260 Lafayette Street; New London: Shaw's Cove Six; Norwich: 113 Salem
Turnpike, Suite 200; Torrington: 685 Main Street; Waterbury: 249 Thomaston
Avenue; and Willimantic: 1320 Main Street, Tyler Square.
In addition to
services at the CTWorks Career Centers, as part of National Career Month
the agency is helping to promote a poetry and poster contest open to both youth
and adults. Titled, Inspire Your Career, Develop Your Dreams, the contest
has several divisions including: Grades K-2; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; Grades
9-12; Adult Student (18 and older enrolled in school); and Open Adult.
state departments of Labor, Education and Economic and Community Development;
the Connecticut Career Counseling and Development Association; and the
Connecticut Career Resources Network are co-sponsoring this competition. Details
about the competition, as well as the many services offered at the CTWorks
Centers and by the Labor Department can be found on the agency’s Web site at
Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535