Have You or Someone You Know Lost Their Job? Visit OnwardME.org
The new OnwardME platform launched earlier this month is worth visiting. This one-stop resource provides support to the people of Maine impacted by job loss in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Displaced workers looking for help can:
- Get connected to emergency resources
- Get connected to training programs to upskill for a new career
- Get matched with employers looking for people with their current skill set.
The website brings together the resources, organizations and direction Mainers need to navigate life during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The platform connects people to funds and necessities such as groceries, shelter or medicine.
It also provides connections to start retraining for a new career and work opportunities for people in-demand skills. By providing these different connections, the people of Maine can get back to work and know that despite the social distancing, they are not alone.
Maine JobLink is a web-based job-matching and labor market information system. It provides job seekers, employers, and training providers with easy-to-use tools that support a wide range of activities. As a service of the public workforce system, Maine JobLink is completely free to use. You only need a computer and internet access to do the following:
- Create and post a resume or job order
- Determine whether you're eligible for state- or federally funded workforce programs
- Search for the ideal job or job candidate
- Search for the ideal training or service provider
- Research labor market information
- And much more!
Create a self-service account to manage your job or resume search. Friendly, knowledgeable workforce development professionals are also available at your local CareerCenter to assist you. Whether you're an individual looking for the perfect career opportunity, an employer looking for the ideal job candidate, or a training provider who wants to get the word out about your programs, check out the tools and services on Maine JobLink and let Maine work for you.
Eligibility for unemployment insurance has been extended to individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. It also temporarily waives the one week waiting period for benefits so that workers may obtain benefits faster and ensures that claims for Unemployment Insurance will not affect an employer’s experience rating.
Claims can be filed online (click on "Claimant Services" and then click on create account) or by phone 1-800-593-7660.