The 18 topic-oriented CareerSource seminars, which can be accessed from a home computer or iPhone, cover everything from resumes to filling out job applications to interview tips. They are available 24/7 at www.careersourcepbc.com.
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As a slew of Floridians filed new unemployment claims, CareerSource Palm Beach County said Thursday it is offering “virtual job readiness” workshops.
The 18 topic-oriented seminars, which can be accessed from a home computer or iPhone, cover everything from resumes to filling out job applications to interview tips. They are available 24/7 at www.careersourcepbc.com.
“With recommendations that people stay home as much as possible, this is the perfect time to get a head start to acquire new skills and tools to gain a competitive edge in searching for a new career before employers reopen,” said Julia Dattolo, interim president and CEO of CareerSource Palm Beach County, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County.
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On Thursday, the U.S. Labor Dept. reported another 173,000 had filed first-time unemployment claims. Across the country, 30 million people have now filed for jobless assistance amid the economic shutdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic.
CareerSource said it’s virtual workshops, which are free, cover “all the key skills needed when looking to get hired in in today’s labor market.” The topics include:
— Creating a professional resume and cover letter
— Building a LinkedIn profile and using social media in your job search
— Handling online job applications
— Conducting an effective job search and networking campaign
— Preparing for job interviews
— Online job, industry and employer research
— Following up after a job interview
CareerSource said it plans to expand “these offerings with access to more than 5,000 courses to help job seekers learn new skills, earn certificates and/or prepare for certifications via the national Metrix E-Learning System for a limited time period.”
The agency also said other virtual services are available at its home page, including help with:
— Guiding job seekers through job searches and using the Employ Florida statewide jobs database.
— Connecting employers with talent, including posting/managing job openings, searching for talent and using the virtual recruiter feature, exploring wage/salary information and how to apply for employee training grants.
— Introducing students to career interests and options such as identifying and building on skills to explore career and educational opportunities.
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For more information:
– Florida Department of Health coronavirus web page
– CDC coronavirus web page
– Florida DOH coronavirus hotline (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday) is 866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org