Milton, MA – Rep. Walter F. Timilty (D–Milton), along with many of his colleagues in the House of Representatives, attended Career Center Day at the State House, dedicated to informing legislators of the resources that career centers offer to both job seekers and employers.
Across the Commonwealth, there are 33 One-stop Career Centers. Locally, South Shore residents and companies can utilize the Quincy Career Center and the Plymouth Center.
“Resources are available for job seekers,” said Timilty. “It is important that citizens of the Commonwealth are aware of the vast amount of resources at their disposal when it comes to re-entering the job market.”
Services for job seekers include:
• Job search assistance
• Career counseling
• Access to Skills Training Programs
• Coaching on job search skills
• Workshops on job search strategies
• Networking groups
• Unemployment insurance services
Services for employers include:
• Access to qualified applicants
• Applicant pre-screening
• Posting of jobs
• Assistance with recruitment
• Planning and producing job fairs
• Testing and assessment of candidates
• Targeted mailings
• Rental of conference rooms
• Labor market information
• Information on training grants and tax credits
Timilty recently announced that the commonwealth’s Civil Service Commission will administer the entry-level Civil Service Examination for positions on the fire service on Saturday, April 26.
Applicants must be postmarked by March 17. Scores can be applied to the municipalities of the applicant’s choice.
“The public safety of a community begins with those who protect and serve the citizens, so I am hopeful that we will field a plethora of qualified applicants, willing to take this first step towards serving our communities,” Timilty said.
The Human Resources Division of the state says it is hoping for a qualified, diverse applicant pool to take the exam. Applicants can request to take the exam in Spanish, though by doing so they must also take an exam testing English comprehension the same day. Members of the military who cannot be in-state on April 26 should contact Human Resources to request a makeup examination.
Applicants must be at least 19 years old as of March 31, 2014, be a non-smoker at the time of and after one’s appointment, and pass a medical and physical ability examination prior to appointment.
An online application is available at www.mass.gov/civilservice. A $200 application fee will be payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts unless a fee waiver is requested. Questions should be directed to Timilty’s office.