Looking for a job in the U.S. can feel like a full-time job itself. Between preparing a resume, filling out applications, and interviewing, the process often feels overwhelming. We asked David Wurum from Goodwill Workforce Solutions for advice. Workforce Solutions administers the U.S. Department of Labor’s employment and training funds. Programs support work-authorized jobseekers to set and attain goals around employment and training. 
  

  1. Who can receive support through Goodwill Workforce Solutions? 

Services are offered to residents of Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and York
counties. Jobseekers residing outside of those counties can also reach out to us, and we will
connect them with providers covering other parts of the state. 
  

  1. What kinds of support can Goodwill Workforce Solutions provide? 
    Support is individualized to a jobseeker’s needs. Services and programs help youth and young
    adults ages 16-24, adults with various barriers to employment, and individuals who have been
    laid off from their jobs through no fault of their own. Common services include career advising,
    career exploration, life navigation, diploma or High School Equivalency Test (called HiSET)
    completion, occupational training, on-the-job training, financial literacy, and supportive
    services. 
      
  2. What are some kinds of jobs that Goodwill Workforce Solutions has helped people find? 
    Workforce Solutions supports people with various educational backgrounds and work histories,
    and with a broad spectrum of goals. Popular fields include the healthcare sector, advanced
    manufacturing, retail/hospitality, and construction and skilled trades. About half of placements
    are as Certified Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants, or Phlebotomists. 
     
     
  3. Can Goodwill help people overcome barriers to employment? 
    Clients are matched with a career advisor and other staff such as a Life Navigator. Individualized
    plans address any identified barriers to employment, including English language fluency,
    childcare, and transportation. Assistance includes short-term supports that minimize the impact
    of employment barriers on job searches. In addition, the client is supported in eliminating
    barriers to long-term career growth.  
      
    To learn more about Workforce Solutions programs and services, contact us at
    [email protected] or (207) 930-7047, Maine TTY 711. Or stop by a local center
    in Belfast or Portland. For more information, see www.workforcesolutionsme.org.