Veterans’ civilian career launch focus of Talent Marketplace

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 Workforce Connection is hosting Talent Marketplaces to connect men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces with local employers who value the leadership skills and work ethic veterans have to offer. 

The Talent Marketplaces are on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center in Ocala and on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at CF’s Lecanto Conference Center.

Workforce Connection has replaced the traditional come-one-come-all job fair with a strategic “career launch” strategy designed to get the best talent match between employers and targeted pools of job seekers.

“Employers who are serious about improving the quality, quantity and diversity of their talent pipeline will get the chance to meet extraordinary veteran talent,” said Bob Weil, local veterans employment representative. Weil added that, among other assets, veterans offer employers outstanding leadership and team-building skills, strong planning and organization and the proven ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Businesses may qualify for tax credits of up to $2,400 for every unemployed veteran hired by the end of 2010.

Veterans interested in participating in one or both marketplace events are reminded to bring multiple copies of their resume, dress professionally and practice their two-minute introduction highlighting work experience, training and abilities.

Job seekers can find out more about the Talent Marketplace and about upcoming events and services at www.clmworkforce.com or call toll free 1-800-434-JOBS and speak to a Workforce Representative.

Employers may register online at www.clmworkforce.com or call Robyne Fraize at 352-873-7939 for more information.