Workforce Connection free workshops in July

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Workforce Connection of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties is offering nearly 50 programs during the month of July for those interested in sharpening their employability skills.
Ranging from open resume labs to three-day workshops to a job fair, the programs are available at no charge to job seekers throughout Workforce Connection’s three-county region. 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.
Complete program and registration information is available at Workforce Connection’s Calendar of Events at www.clmworkforce.com. The following programs take place at Workforce Connection Resource Centers in Chiefland, Inverness and Ocala, as well as at various community locations:
• Beyond Barriers: Pathways to Employment is for those whose background issues create a barrier to finding a job. The workshops take place on July 6 at 3 p.m. and July 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Ocala.
• Computer Basics is designed for those new to technology or with entry-level computer skills. Sessions are set for July 12 and July 26 at 9 a.m. in Chiefland and July 13 and July 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Ocala.
• Employ Florida Marketplace Essentials, Nail That Interview and Optimal Resume workshops take place on July 12 and July 26 beginning at 8:15 a.m. in Ocala. “Nail That Interview” workshops are also held on July 11 and July 25 at 8:15 a.m. in Chiefland and on July 13 and July 27 at 1:15 p.m. in Inverness.
• Job Fair set for Thursday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala. Features employers ready to hire and staff assistance.
• “Navigating the New World of Work” two-day workshop takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday in Ocala beginning July 10 with sessions at 8:15 a.m. for new job seekers and those with barriers to employment and at 1:15 p.m. for displaced professionals. It is also offered July 5-6 and July 19-20 at 1:15 p.m. in Inverness and July 17-18 at 8:15 a.m. in Chiefland. The workshops cover how to identify abilities and transferable skills, job search strategies/targeted resume development, interviewing skills/follow up and how to work effectively with their own Workforce Connection placement specialist.
•  “Navigating the New World of Work” (Community Workshop) offers many of the highlights of the two-day sessions but in a two-hour format. The condensed workshops take place in Citrus County on July 9 at 2 p.m.  at the Coastal Region Library in Crystal River, on July 11 at 4 p.m. at the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills and on July 19  at 2 p.m. the Homosassa Library in Homosassa. They will also be held in Marion County at the Belleview Library on July 5 at 4 p.m., Dunnellon Library on July 12 at 10 a.m., Forest Community Center in Ocklawaha on July 19 at 5 p.m., and at Taylor College in Belleview on July 26 at 4 p.m.  Also, new for job seekers in Levy/Gilchrist counties area, on July 18 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Fanning Historical Park Community Center in Fanning Springs.
• Open Resume Labs are held in Ocala each Monday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as well as every Friday at 9 a.m. The labs also take place July 10 and July 24 at 8:15 a.m. in Chiefland and 1:15 p.m. in Inverness. The staff-assisted lab helps job seekers learn how to market themselves more effectively to the employer, identify strengths and transferable skills and develop additional strategies. Walk-ins are welcome – no additional registration is required – but space is limited.
• Refueling and Retooling for Success for Professionals Instruction during the three-day workshop provides eligible participants with career tools and strategies to stay focused and successful during career transitions. Takes place starting July 10 at the College of Central Florida’s Ocala campus.
• Refueling and Retooling for Success for Veterans Specially designed to help United States veterans develop job-search strategies that include indentifying and highlighting military skills that transfer to the civilian labor market. The three-day workshop takes place beginning July 24 at CF’s campus in Ocala.