Employment Services

for Job Seekers

The New Mainers Resource Center helps support foreign-trained professionals to restart their careers in the US.

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Job Opportunities for New Mainers

Employment Services

Do you already have the experience and training you need to enter the US workforce? Find current job openings plus resources for résumé building and job interview preparation.

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Step 1: Plan & Organize

Now that you are qualified to work in the US, you need to make a plan before you even begin your job search. Find resources here to get organized.

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Step 2: The Job Search

Now that you’re prepared, it’s time to look for available positions in the field for which you’re qualified. Here’s where to start.

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Step 3: Prepare for Your Interview

So you’ve landed a job interview! Congratulations — your hard work has paid off. Be sure you’re prepared to strongly present your best self.

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Step 4: Start Your Job

You did it! Your hard work has paid off — now it’s time to embark on your new journey. Here are a few things you need to know about getting comfortable in the US workforce.

Plan & Organize

Now that you are qualified to work in the US, you need to make a plan before you even begin your job search. Find resources here to get organized.

Work Preferences

What are your work preferences? Ask yourself these questions to help determine the type of job that fits you best.

Working with people
Working on a team
or
or
Working with machines
Working independently
Working with people
Being active
or
or
Working with machines
sitting
Working with people
Doing the same task over
or
or
Working with machines
Doing different tasks
Working with people
Being told what to do
or
or
Working with machines
Making decisions
Working with people
A quiet work environment
or
or
Working with machines
A noisy environment
Working with people
Having supervision
or
or
Working with machines
No supervision
Working with people
Having a steady job
or
or
Working with machines
Having temporary jobs
Working with people
Making a lot of money
or
or
Working with machines
Making less money at a job you love
Working with people
Working part-time
or
or
Working with machines
Working full-time
Working with people
Solving problems
or
or
Working with machines
Communicating with people
Working with people
Hourly pay
or
or
Working with machines
A salary
Working with people
A short commute
or
or
Working with machines
a long commute
Working with people
The night shift
or
or
Working with machines
The day shift

Plan for Employment — Work Values

What type of work environment and job attributes do you value?

ADVENTURE

A risk-taking job.

AUTHORITY

Use your position to control others.

COMPETITION

Compete with others.

CREATIVITY & SELF-EXPRESSION

Use your imagination to find new ways to do or say something.

FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULE

You choose your own hours.

HELPING OTHERS

Provide direct services to persons with problems.

HIGH SALARY

A job where many workers earn a large amount of money.

INDEPENDENCE

You decide for yourself what work to do.

INFLUENCING OTHERS

You influence the decisions of others.

INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION

A job which requires thought and reasoning.

LEADERSHIP

You manage or supervise the activities of others.

OUTSIDE WORK

Working out-of-doors.

PERSUADING

You personally convince others to take certain actions.

PHYSICAL WORK

Requires substantial physical, labor-intensive activity.

PRESTIGE

A job which gives you status and respect in a community.

PUBLIC ATTENTION

You attract immediate notice because of appearance or activity.

PUBLIC CONTACT

You have daily dealings with the public.

RECOGNITION

You gain public notice.

RESEARCH WORK

You search for and discover new facts and develop ways to apply them.

ROUTINE WORK

You follow established procedures requiring little change.

SEASONAL WORK

You are employed only at certain times of the year.

TRAVEL

A job in which you travel.

VARIETY

Your duties change frequently.

WORK WITH CHILDREN

You teach or otherwise care for children.

WORK WITH HANDS

You use your hands or hand tools.

WORK WITH MACHINES OR EQUIPMENT

You use machines or equipment.

WORK WITH NUMBERS

You use mathematics or statistics.

Part 1c: Plan for Employment — Transferable Skills

There are two types of skills every person has: Hard Skills and Soft Skills.

The lists below were written by Jessica L. Mendes for ZipRecruiter.com.

Hard Skills

Hard Skills are skills that you’ve learned through training or education, including degrees and certificates that you’ve received and languages you’ve learned beyond your native language.

Below are some examples of Hard Skills:

  • A degree or certificate in a particular field or industry
  • Applied science
  • Computer programming
  • Driving a vehicle
  • Editing
  • Engineering
  • Foreign language skills (speaking, reading, writing)
  • Machine operation (computers, phone systems, forklifts, hydraulic presses, etc.)
  • Math
  • Medical procedures
  • Research
  • Software usage
  • Typing (and typing speed)
  • Writing

Soft Skills

Soft Skills generally include personality traits that are less measurable than hard skills — how you communicate with others, your character, time management, and other traits.

Below are some examples of Soft Skills:

Part 1: Plan For Employment

Plan for Employment — Work Preferences

What are your work preferences? Ask yourself these questions to help determine the type of job that fits you best.

Working with people
Working on a team
or
or
Working with machines
Working independently
Working with people
Being active
or
or
Working with machines
sitting
Working with people
Doing the same task over
or
or
Working with machines
Doing different tasks
Working with people
Being told what to do
or
or
Working with machines
Making decisions
Working with people
A quiet work environment
or
or
Working with machines
A noisy environment
Working with people
Having supervision
or
or
Working with machines
No supervision
Working with people
Having a steady job
or
or
Working with machines
Having temporary jobs
Working with people
Making a lot of money
or
or
Working with machines
Making less money at a job you love
Working with people
Working part-time
or
or
Working with machines
Working full-time
Working with people
Solving problems
or
or
Working with machines
Communicating with people
Working with people
Hourly pay
or
or
Working with machines
A salary
Working with people
A short commute
or
or
Working with machines
a long commute
Working with people
The night shift
or
or
Working with machines
The day shift

Part 1c: Plan for Employment — Transferable Skills

There are two types of skills every person has: Hard Skills and Soft Skills.

The lists below were written by Jessica L. Mendes for ZipRecruiter.com.

Hard Skills

Hard Skills are skills that you’ve learned through training or education, including degrees and certificates that you’ve received and languages you’ve learned beyond your native language.

Below are some examples of Hard Skills:

  • A degree or certificate in a particular field or industry
  • Applied science
  • Computer programming
  • Driving a vehicle
  • Editing
  • Engineering
  • Foreign language skills (speaking, reading, writing)
  • Machine operation (computers, phone systems, forklifts, hydraulic presses, etc.)
  • Math
  • Medical procedures
  • Research
  • Software usage
  • Typing (and typing speed)
  • Writing

Soft Skills

Soft Skills generally include personality traits that are less measurable than hard skills — how you communicate with others, your character, time management, and other traits.

Below are some examples of Soft Skills:

  • A degree or certificate in a particular field or industry
  • Applied science
  • Computer programming
  • Driving a vehicle
  • Editing
  • Engineering
  • Foreign language skills (speaking, reading, writing)
  • Machine operation (computers, phone systems, forklifts, hydraulic presses, etc.)
  • Math
  • Medical procedures
  • Research
  • Software usage
  • Typing (and typing speed)
  • Writing

Part 1d: Plan for Employment — Website Resources

Use these websites to learn more about Transferable Skills.

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Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills (and How to Use Them on Your Resume)

Posted on Jobscan September 30, 2020

There are two types of skills recruiters look for on resumes: hard skills and soft skills. When used correctly, they work together to form a powerhouse resume that provides the hiring manager a comprehensive understanding of the job seeker’s capabilities.

Read More…

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What are Transferable Skills?

Posted on SkillsYouNeed.com

Transferable skills are skills and abilities that are relevant and helpful across different areas of life: socially, professionally and at school. They are ‘portable skills’.

People usually think about their transferable skills when applying for a job or when thinking about a career change. Employers often look for people who can demonstrate a good set of transferable skills.

Read More…

Part 2: Job Sectors & Careers

Visit these websites to explore the types of jobs and careers that fit your skills.

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Destination Occupation

What is Destination Occupation?

Destination Occupation (D.O.) is an online community of career exploration videos showcasing local Maine companies and careers. We feature Maine employers in a company profile and individual job profiles. Most of the jobs featured are in high demand around the state. One job may be featured at a business in a town far away from you, but don’t worry! The jobs we pick can be found all around Maine and by many different employers!

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O*Net OnLine

Build your future with O*NET OnLine.

O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

The O*NET Program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Valid data are essential to understanding the rapidly changing nature of work and how it impacts the workforce and U.S. economy. From this information, applications are developed to facilitate the development and maintenance of a skilled workforce.

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for nearly 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

Part 2: Job Search

Now that you’re prepared, it’s time to look for available positions in the field for which you’re qualified. Here’s where to start.

Employment Services

Use these websites to find programs to help you with your job search.

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Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services

Helping refugees build new lives here in Maine

Maine’s only refugee resettlement program, Catholic Charities Maine Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) is dedicated to helping those seeking a new life in America become independent, productive members of our community.

Catholic Charities Maine
80 Sherman Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Phone: 207-871-7437

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SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management

Student & Emerging Professional Resources

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. Explore career paths within the human resources field, prepare for a successful job search, and get the latest news in this rapidly evolving field.

SHRM
Phone: 800.283.SHRM (7476)
Website: SHRM Student & Emerging Professional Resources

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Greater Portland Career Center

For Job Seekers of any Age, Culture and Demographic

Maine CareerCenters are the place to start when you’re looking for your first job, your next job, a better job, or a whole new career. Connect with the Greater Portland CareerCenter and ask about any of the services they offer. Support services may also be available to assist with child care, transportation and tuition, as well as referrals to resources for housing, starting your own business, and healthcare insurance.

Greater Portland CareerCenter
In-Person Hours: Appointments available 8 AM – 4 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
151 Jetport Blvd
Portland, ME 04102
(opens in Google Maps)
Phone: 207-623-7981
Email: portland.careercenter@maine.gov

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Goodwill Workforce Services

Get Support Finding Work

It takes more than skills to get and keep a great job. Goodwill’s Workforce Services recognizes each person’s unique challenges and helps them overcome each one until the participant reaches stability. Through Goodwill NNE’s Job Connection model, each participant is paired with a career advisor and a life navigator (a social worker position), who helps them work through each barrier to success. This Goodwill-designed model has seen unprecedented success in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Goodwill Workforce Services
34 Hutcherson Drive
Gorham, ME 04038
(opens in Google Maps)
Phone: 207-774-6323

Job Openings

Below are open positions posted by employers specifically looking for candidates like you.

Current Job Openings

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“There is no question that the foreign-born population is key to being able to grow Maine’s economy.” 

Dana F. Conners,
President of the Maine Chamber of Commerce