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Employment and Training Services Highlighted During National Career Month

For immediate release
November 23, 2009

WETHERSFIELD – In recognition of “National Career Month,” the Connecticut Department of Labor is reminding residents of the many employment and training services available at the state’s local CTWorks Career Centers, or by stopping by the Career Express the Labor Department’s mobile career center.

Whether you’re seeking a first-time job, have recently experienced a job loss, or are thinking about switching careers, the Department of Labor offers a wide variety of assistance, including online web services, résumé writing and critique, free workshops, and career assessment and counseling.

Governor M. Jodi Rell has proclaimed November as Career Development Month in Connecticut. In her Proclamation, the Governor notes “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 lifelong learning.”

With an economy struggling to rebound, Governor Rell adds, training and career services are especially important, noting that the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 and the Stimulus initiatives throughout the nation, region and state, “are fueling the economy and forging exciting opportunities for job growth and new careers in Connecticut.”

While November highlights the importance of career assistance, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield notes that the Labor Department provides these no-cost resources to job seekers throughout the year. 

“We’re here to help and we invite individuals to meet with one of our career professionals to obtain a free skills assessment or obtain guidance in the areas of résumé writing, conducting a job search, or honing your networking skills” Mayfield notes.

“At our CTWorks Centers visitors can meet with a career development specialist, learn how to best use the agency’s web site, research labor market information, or use our job bank to post resumes or reply to job openings. Job seekers can also register for career workshops, learn about agency-sponsored job and career fairs and find information to related services, such as education, transportation and daycare.”

Mayfield added that workforce services can be found onboard the Career Express, as well, with libraries, schools and community organizations able to reserve the traveling bus simply by going online and checking availability dates.  

“Many of our agency’s programs and services, as well as guidelines, forms and posters, can also be obtained by going online,” Mayfield added. “Our site, located at www.ctgov/dol, includes protective laws enforced by the Division of Wage and Workplace Standards, provides timely reports and data from our Office of Research, and outlines health and safety services provided by our Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA).”

The state’s 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 – 689 Main Street

  • Waterbury - 249 Thomaston Avenue

  • Willimantic - 1320 Main Street, Tyler Square

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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