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Now that the pandemic is easing, CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion (CLM) is re-introducing in-person employability workshops beginning Wednesday, June 9. 

To start, there will be seven different workshops in rotation at the CLM career centers in Ocala and Lecanto. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by calling 800-434-JOBS (5627). 

Jerry Flanders

Jerry Flanders, CareerSource CLM’s workshop coordinator.

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“While it’s not one giant leap for mankind, it is one small step in returning to normalcy,” said Jerry Flanders, CareerSource CLM’s workshop coordinator.  

Until further notice, COVID-19 safety protocols remain in place at all career centers, including use of face coverings by staff and visitors and social distancing.  

“In the short term, that means there will be a smaller number of attendees for each workshop — to allow for social distancing,” Flanders said. “In the past, I was almost always able to accommodate additional individuals when registration was full. My best advice for anyone interested in a particular workshop is to contact us right away and get registered.” 

The in-person workshops are offered in addition to live Zoom sessions as well as virtual workshops available on-demand. All workshops are free. Those interested in the live Zoom workshops may register online from the event listing on the calendar. 

The virtual workshops, along with materials, are available at careersourceclm.com/candidates/training/workshops

“Accessibility should not be a problem,” Flanders said. “Between those workshops offered in person, live via videoconferencing and virtually 24/7, we hope to provide something for everyone interested in sharpening their employability skills and conducting a successful job search.” 

Trained career coaches also provide fee-free services to help job seekers leverage what they learn in the workshops.  

Free workshops are available; check the online calendar for details, dates, times, and registration requirements. 

For details, visit careersourceclm.com/calendar

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