CareerSource CLM refines its orientation
In the years following the 2008 recession, when millions lost their jobs, long lines of job seekers formed early in the morning before a job fair in hopes of landing the job. one of the few positions employers had to offer.
Today, with an unemployment rate below 3%, dozens and dozens of companies are now going to job fairs in the hope of enticing candidates with more benefits, like work at home, to change profession.
Despite low unemployment, companies are hiring. These companies want to grow. The problem is that there are so many jobs available and workers have so many choices to make their working life less stressful.
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The job market used to be driven by business owners. Laura Byrnes, director of communications for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, said the tables have turned and now it’s the workers who have the choice.
“It’s the job seeker market now,” she said. Not so long ago, business owners set the terms of employment. Some would hire a receptionist, for example, and assign accounting duties to the job description.
“A lot of workers appreciated the flexibility during COVID,” said Dale French, executive vice president of CareerSource CLM. “Now we’re talking about the big quit, where people are leaving the workforce and doing different things.”
Some people go to work in the gig economy: driving for Uber or Lyft or delivering food and groceries for DoorDash, GrubHub or Instacart.
“More and more people are getting into the gig economy so they can work their own schedules,” he said. “We’re just in a very different time right now. And until everything stabilizes, and everyone can step back and look at what’s really happened over the past two years, it’s going to be very interesting.”
CareerSource will focus on talent development, professional training
French said women have been negatively affected during the pandemic more than men. French said earlier this year that the pandemic has caused families to rethink how their income is spent.
“We think a lot of families have figured out how to manage their budget so that a member of the household can stay home, maintain the household, support the children and not go back to work,” French said, adding that more women how many men stayed at home.
French said CareerSource CLM is considering a new strategy beginning July 1.
“We’re going to ramp up recruiting efforts and start to really focus companies on talent development and job training,” French noted. “Right now we have so many technical professions there.”
He said there is a great need for employees in the manufacturing and logistics sectors.
“There are so many technical professions that require certification, but not necessarily a college degree,” he noted. “And so we really need to start talking with companies about how to change their mindset.”
French said “people aren’t necessarily going to walk through your front door looking for a job.” The idea is to work with Marion County Public Schools to reach high school graduates while they are still in their formative years.
“And let’s help them try to decide,” French noted. “And then, once they’ve made that decision, how do we get them to businesses and what services can we, as workforce development, provide to make sure they’re successful? “
Despite low unemployment, job fairs are still needed to find workers
CareerSource CLM and its affiliate Talent Center, in partnership with the College of Central Florida, will host a job fair in Citrus County on Tuesday, June 21. Citrus County’s unemployment rate is just over 3%.
The free job fair is open to any job seeker in Citrus, Levy, and Marion counties. The event is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at CF’s Citrus County campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.
As of June 10, the following companies plan to attend: AutoZone Auto Parts, Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association, Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Tax Collector, Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center, Florida Caregivers , Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Key Training Center, MedFleet Ambulance, PedIM Healthcare and Quick Care Med, Power Movers Plumbing Electric LLC, Sevita – Florida Mentor, Tri-Co Communications, TrueCore Behavioral Solutions and Weber Verre .
“There really is something for anyone interested in good paying employment in a variety of industries, from construction to manufacturing and from healthcare to retail, as well as human, public and social services,” CareerSource CLM CEO Rusty Skinner said in a press release.
Those interested in attending should prepare accordingly: bring printed copies of their resumes, dress professionally, and prepare for on-site job interviews. Although masks are not mandatory, attendees should feel free to wear face coverings if they wish.
Applicants are encouraged to visit one of CareerSouce CLM’s career centers for free assistance in updating a CV, preparing a 30-second “elevating speech” highlighting their skills and experience, or to hone their maintenance skills.
The centers are currently open to the public for in-person services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are located at: 683 S. Adolph Point, Lecanto; 2175 NW 11th Drive in Chiefland; and 2703 NE 14th St. in Ocala.
For more information on the job fair, including updates on participating companies and/or to register, visit careersourceclm.com/event/job-fair-citrus-county/. For more information, contact CareerSource CLM at (800) 434-5627.
Byrnes said there are many training programs available for qualified applicants. CareerSource CLM has grants to pay for on-the-job training. Byrnes said, “We’ll cover the salary (up to about $400 a week).”
“The jobs are there and if you don’t have any training or experience in a particular field, they can work,” she noted. “They can work with us and we can help them get the training.”
Joe Callahan can be reached at (352) 817-1750 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JoeOcalaNews.