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Youth Job Fair set for May 16

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will host its fifth annual Youth Job Fair on Wednesday, May 16, at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center in Ocala.

The event, which is being held in partnership with Marion County Public Schools, is exclusively for 16-to-24-year-olds seeking full- or part-time employment for permanent, summer or temporary positions. The job fair takes place in two sessions:

· High school seniors from 2-3:30 p.m.

· All other youth/young adults, ages 16 to 24, from 3:30-6 p.m.

So far, several businesses are scheduled to attend. Those include Lockheed Martin, R & L Global Logistics, Cardinal LG, ITonDemand, eResources, United Plastic Fabricating, Genesis Healthcare-Oakhurst Center, Marion County Public Schools Extended Day Program, ClosetMaid, Marion County Board of County Commissioners, Rogers Engineering, Southern Loving Care, SITEL, Silver Springs Bottled Water and the Florida Department of Corrections. Representatives from Marion Technical College also will talk about their postsecondary programs. 

Brenda Chrisman, career center and business services officer for CareerSource CLM, said the job fair, normally held in June, was bumped up a month to allow high school seniors to take advantage of the opportunity before graduating. She added that the variety and number of businesses planning to participate is “phenomenal.”

“Once again, this is an extraordinary opportunity for older youth and young adults, as well as those businesses interested in hiring this age group,” Chrisman said. “If you’re interested in earning a paycheck but don’t know where to start, this job fair is the place to be. You’ll meet with hiring managers in an impressive array of industries, from IT and logistics to health care and engineering to manufacturing, corrections and more.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring printed copies of their resumes. High school seniors are required to have resumes approved by teachers in advance and to be prepared for on-the-spot job interviews.

Chrisman said proper dress will be required, adding that those planning to attend the job fair should come dressed to impress – no flip-flops, casual sandals, T-shirts with profane or obscene language or images, no shorts or jeans with rips or holes, or anything that is too tight, short or revealing.

Those interested in developing or updating their resumes, working on interview skills and receiving job fair preparation tips are encouraged to visit one of CareerSource CLM’s career centers located in Ocala, Lecanto and Chiefland. All job candidate services are available at no charge.

For more information about the job fair, call 800-434-JOBS, ext. 1118 or visit careersourceclm.com/pages/job_fairs.





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