A few years ago, the state managed, federally funded career center in Waterville closed, leaving a major void in the community. That was until 2011 when the business and career center opened its doors here at the Waterville Public Library.
“We offer a variety of one-on-one services, workshops, labs for job seekers, entrepreneurs, business owners and creative types.”
Tammy Rabideau is the Business and Career Center Coordinator at the Waterville Public Library, where they offer just about every service a job seeker could possibly need…including a resume writing lab every tuesday hosted by writing experts eager to lend a helping hand.
Sometimes people are starting from nothing and sometimes they have versions of resumes and they need feedback,” Rabideau said. “We also have an employment services coordinator here on Tuesdays. She’s available for one-on-one appointments every Tuesday and I kind of call her a job seeker, navigator support. She’s able to talk with a person and find out where they’re at and help them to decide which programs and services to avail themselves of to get a job.”
Rabideau says they’ve partnered with a host of organizations like the job corps, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and adult education programs just to name a few. They’ve even started bringing employers in to host job fairs.
“We want to be a place where employers and people needing employment can connect. There’s a vacuum of space in this community to do that and it’s an easy thing for the library to support.”
This fall they’ll begin hosting the work ready program…a free 60-hour program featuring things like mock interviews and more to help job seekers sharpen their skills…
To learn more about the programs they offer, visit http://www.watervillelibrary.org/ or you can find them on Facebook.