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With 100 signed up, an event this week to help job-seekers find a position is filled to capacity. However, it is just one of more than 70 job search and career-related workshops and programs this month in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. About 15 of those — with some repeats — are scheduled for Citrus County.
The “Land That Job Forum” is Friday at the College of Central Florida Citrus County Campus. It is a combined effort by United Way, Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Connection, the college and the Economic Development Council.
The forum will help participants locate possible jobs and prepare for interviews through coaching and role-playing. Part of the session will be simulcast at the chamber’s monthly luncheon.
Several other job and career events were scheduled this week in Citrus County. Currently underway at the college is a program targeting veterans returning to the job marketplace. One in Inverness is “Navigating the New World of Work” followed by a session on targeted resumes. Both will be repeated in Citrus County later this month.
On March 15, a workshop titled “Nail that Interview” will be held in Inverness. It is designed for individuals who are committed to improving their interviewing skills.
And on March 27, the second annual Spring Fling Job Fair will be held the college. It will be an opportunity for job seekers to meet with employers who are hiring and apply for those jobs.
“This is one of the most robust months we’ve had in terms of offerings for job-seekers interested in enhancing their employability skills,” Jerry Flanders, Workforce Connection’s workshop coordinator said. “There is something going on every day throughout our three-county region. Sessions range from two hours to two- and three-days long; all are provided to job seekers at no charge.”
There is no charge to attend any of the workshops or events, but participants must be fully registered with Workforce Connection through the Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) at www.EmployFlorida.com; additional workshop registration may also be required. Visit www.WorkforceConnectionFL.com or call 352-291-9559.
Anyone seeking a well-paying occupation that does not require college is invited to the Career Expo and Open House, Thursday, from noon to 2:20 p.m. at Withlacoochee Technical Institute. The event is open to anyone, including high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in seeing what WTI has to offer.
“We have 10 percent high school students and 90 percent post-secondary students,” explained director Denise Willis, at a recent EDC meeting. “We have opportunities for students to earn industry credentials.” Last year, WTI students earned more than 400 certifications in areas including air conditioning, welding and law enforcement.
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* March 7, 12, 26 — Targeted Resumes, Inverness.
* March 7 — Career Expo, Open House WTI, Inverness.
* March 15, 29 — Nail That Interview, Inverness.
* March 7, 21 — Navigating New World or Work, Inverness.
* March 21 — Navigating New World of Work, Beverly Hills.
* March 27 — Spring Fling Job Fair, Lecanto.