Professionals seek career resources at USF Expo listen03/17/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Today, the University of South Florida hosted a professional career resources expo providing tips to people seeking employment.
Floridaâ€™s unemployment rates are at a 15-year high of 8.6 percent; and many of the people looking for work are professionals.
Tuesdayâ€™s expo was organized by Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance, which has offices in Tampa, Brandon and Plant City. Their communications consultant, Erin Glover, says the event isnâ€™t a typical job fair where employers let potential employees know about open positions.
Gloverâ€™s colleague, Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance Director of Communications Jamie Melendez says their workshops offer jobseekers new strategies for creating a small business or looking for a job, â€œincluding how to network, how to expand their network, how to use technology to begin their job search or social network tools, web-based tools, resume tools.â€
The professional career expo featured four hours of seminars in three different tracks. Cindy Heath, with Link to Expert and vice president of Connections, says these career workshops will help people distinguish themselves from other job seekers. Thatâ€™s important because of the number of people who are using the internet for social networking.
One of those experts is Glynis Ross-Munro, president of Competency and Performance Solutions, whose seminar title is â€œThinking for the New Economy.â€
Using online social networking sites in a job search was the topic of a seminar called â€œPutting your Best Facebook Forwardâ€ by Joan Brannick, president of Brannick HR Connections. She cautions against thinking that networking online is the â€œsilver bulletâ€ in finding a job, but acknowledges that it can be a useful tool.
A dozen reviewers offered suggestions for how to create the most effective resume. Michael Crosslin is corporate recruiter for the Palm Harbor software company Geographic Solutions and after reviewing Kurt Kramerâ€™s resume mentioned some general tips for putting together a resume that will get noticed. â€œTake more time to personalize the resume.â€
Kurt Kramer is looking for employment in the tech sector and found the resume evaluation service helpful.
Alicia Anthony, who says she attended the career resource expo to refresh her skills, is looking for a position in law enforcement. â€œItâ€™s hard,â€ she said.
Steven Champ is an architect working on his professional license. He hopes to get some ideas out of the workshops.