Talent Center ‘keystone’ initiative paves way for new level of job placement services

Posted on: August 31, 2016

The Talent Center, a joint venture between CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and CF, is designed to provide a new level of service for employers seeking professionals and highly-skilled technical talent recruitment services targeting recent college graduates. The open house begins at 8 a.m. for members of the business community and general public, with ribbon cutting set to take place at 8:30 a.m. 

Students are invited to stop by during their club rush activity hour. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Talent Center is located at CF’s Enterprise Center, 3003 SW College Road, Suite 101, in Ocala. Its staff, resources and services are available at no charge to employers, professional-level job seekers and students regardless of where they live, work or attend school.

Dr. James Henningsen, CF’s president, said that partnership grew from a renewed drive by the college in recent years to focus on finding careers for students. He said that the Talent Center collaboration is the “keystone of a college-wide initiative to enhance student success (in that) they will find support from the time they begin their educational journey until they begin their career in a high-skill, high-wage career.”

Rusty Skinner, CareerSource CLM’s CEO, said the college’s desire to partner with CareerSource to provide comprehensive placement services for their graduates coincided with “our board’s call for special service assisting professional and skilled talent and our area’s businesses that need that talent.” “CF is a vital community source for talent and we are glad that our services over the past years have warranted their confidence in our assisting their graduates,” Skinner said. “Their programs and their graduates represent a skill base for employers and allow us to move forward with the type of skilled talent that our area employers are seeking.”

Talent Center staff will work one-on-one with employers to help them recruit, train and retain vetted professional and highly-skilled technical talent. Candidates receive individualized career counseling and coaching, job leads and referrals, resume assistance and interview preparation, invitations to job fairs and hiring events, skills and aptitude assessments, resources and other employability services.

For more information about the Talent Center and/or the open house, call 352-840-5762 or 844-364-9859.

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