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PALM HARBOR, FL – (September 2011) – Job seekers and employers now have an even more enhanced tool at their disposal to assist them in finding suitable jobs, locating training opportunities and identifying skilled candidates. The Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) upgraded to Version 11.1 of Virtual OneStop®, in September 2011, bringing numerous enhancements to individuals seeking jobs and employers seeking employees.  All of the services continue to be provided at no charge to job seekers and employers.

Version 11.1 of Geographic Solutions’ Virtual OneStop® will provide users with a wide array of employment-related services. Job seekers search for available jobs using a search engine that aggregates jobs from company and government websites, newspaper postings and corporate job boards. Job searches can be conducted for a radius of a zip code, by city or county, by metropolitan or workforce area, or on a statewide basis. Job seekers will be able to search for training opportunities within the system and employers can have access to recent training graduates. Employers can search for talent and rank the candidates using the automated system.

The Employ Florida Marketplace provides Labor Market Information and skill requirements for any job listed. Job seekers can develop resumes and cover letters and then submit them directly to the employer online. Job seekers can conduct tailored job searches for Green Jobs, Veteran-preferred jobs, etc. Occupations that are identified as O*NET Green Occupations, are indicated with an icon in Virtual OneStop and Virtual LMI, similarly how high-demand and Bright Outlook occupations are. The templates available for resumes have also been enhanced to include a Federal format option, which can be used when applying for government jobs.

The Employ Florida Marketplace provides one stop staff with the most cutting-edge job matching and referral system. All services provided to employers or job seekers, whether self-service or staff-assisted, will be accounted for and used to improve agency performance and regional economic growth initiatives. Case Managers can also enter and track individuals’ financial aid, budgeting, employment plans, training attendance and WIA case management. Version 11.1 also brings a plethora of newly added staff alert notification/subscriptions.

In keeping in line with the nation’s reemployment initiatives, Version 11.1 of Virtual OneStop® can also be configured to integrate with two different UI benefits systems, the Reemployment Exchange (REX) and the Geographic Solutions Unemployment System (GUS) in an effort to reduce the amount of time that an individual is out of work and collecting unemployment benefits.



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