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Career, Employment Services Highlighted During National Career Month in November

For immediate release
October 28, 2010

WETHERSFIELD – Connecticut Department of Labor employees invite residents to take advantage of the many free employment services being offered by the agency during November – which has been officially designated as “National Career Month” – whether through an in-person office visit, or by going online to www.state.ctdol.state.ct.us.

Taking note of a proclamation by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, marking November as “Career Month” in Connecticut, Acting Labor Commissioner Linda Agnew today noted that the agency has local CTWorks Centers throughout the community where individuals can obtain such services as skills assessment, career counseling, or résumé writing assistance from Certified Professional Résumé Writers. Also offered are workshops that assist with interviewing skills, computer use or salary negotiation.

This year’s observance Governor Rell points out comes in the aftermath of the receipt of American Recovery Act Stimulus funding initiatives, which, “continue to fuel the economy and prepare people to take advantage of new careers in the state.”

In her Proclamation, the Governor notes that, “experts agree that the ongoing process of career development is essential for all individuals to maximize their personal potential, as well as for the continued health of our economy. 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. It is clear that informed decision-making ad planning are the keys to success.”

According to Agnew, ”During November, we want to shine the spotlight on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s many workforce development programs available to the public. Whether individuals are first-time jobseekers new to the job market, or seasoned pros already working in their field of choice, we want to let everyone know about the many services available that can provide a ‘career check-up’ to any individual or company.”

Agnew also noted that Internet services allow visitors to learn about agency-sponsored Connecticut Career Fairs, review upcoming workshops, and get the latest labor market statistics. In the CTWorks Centers, individuals can use computers for their job search; meet with career counselors, search for jobs using the online job bank, or take part in recruitment fairs held at scheduled times. These services are offered at no cost, including assistance to the business community, such as information on tax credit programs and expansion strategies. 

A sampling of the various workshops offered in November at the various CTWorks Centers include the following:

  • Hartford CTWorks Center:  Computer Literacy, November 1; Résumé Basics, November 9; Consumer Credit, November 15

  • New London CTWorks Center:  Résumé Basics, November 3; Introduction to Word, November 10

  • Waterbury CTWorks Center:  Job Search Strategies, November 4; Computer Basics, November 19.

CTWorks offices are located at:

Bridgeport, 2 Lafayette Square; Danbury, 4 Liberty 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. Directions to offices can be found at the agency’s Website,
www.ct.gov/dol.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535


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