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Career, Employment Services Highlighted During State’s National Career Month
Residents invited to visit CTWorks Centers for “career check-up”

For immediate release
October 27, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, 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 company.”

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 Career Connection.  

“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 following:

  • Hartford CTWorks Center: Career Thinking workshops Nov. 5, 13, and 21 while a session on Becoming the Boss will be held Nov. 20.
  • Danielson CTWorks Center: Résumé Writing workshops Nov. 13 and 25; Ace The Interview workshop on Nov. 20; and Introduction to Word workshop Nov. 25.
  • New London CTWorks Center: Job Search Using the Internet workshop on Nov. 7 and Electronic Networking on Nov. 18. 
  • Willimantic CTWorks Center: Over 40 & Looking for Work workshop on Nov. 4 and Résumé Writing workshops Nov. 13 and 25.
  • Danbury CTWorks Center: Transferable Skills Assessment workshop will be held on Nov. 4; a Job Search Strategies workshop on Nov. 6 and 20, and an Introduction to the Internet workshop on Nov. 26.
     

CTWorks 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.  

The 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 www.ct.gov/dol.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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