Useful website helps Manatee County companies source talent

July 8, 2013 

There is an online resource available where businesses can post employment opportunities, search for qualified candidates, research local labor market statistics and job trends, and it is free.

EmployFlorida.com, Florida's portal for connecting employers and job seekers, is a good tool to help businesses find the perfect job candidates.

Posting positions on Employ Florida can expand your company's exposure to job seekers, increasing the potential of finding the top contenders in the talent pipeline. The more specific your job posting, the more likely that job seekers will wean themselves out when they do not meet the necessary qualifications.

When using this website to source candidates, you can opt to conduct a quick resumé search or perform one that is more comprehensive. The automated system will provide search results that are ranked by percentage, from the most qualified to the least qualified.

Employ Florida also has detailed labor market information. Data includes statewide and local market facts, plus detailed area, industry and occupational profiles. Current and historic labor market statistics are also available.

Job market trend includes localized data on specific occupations and the actual jobs posted so you can see which businesses are vying for similar workers. The tools are easy to navigate and a useful resource when making hiring decisions.

Orbeco-Hellige Inc., a local manufacturer of water and color testing instruments and chemical re-agents, uses Employ Florida as a resource for candidates. After the business relocated, managers had to hire a new staff.

"I've been using the Employ Florida website since we moved to Florida in 2008, and I have found it to be an excellent tool to find qualified candidates for our open positions. Nearly half of our staff has been hired using the site, and we are very pleased with the quality of the employees hired," said Doug Warrington, operations manager for Orbeco-Hellige.

Employ Florida is more than a place to find candidates, it is also a place to gain important insights on industry and occupational trends, green jobs and jobs in high demand.

"My favorite featureof the site is the abilityto choose search

parameters such as salary requirements and education levels. Also, the ability to search keywords that are applicable to the position, such as chemistry, international shipping, or assembly, help narrow the search to qualified candidates only," added Warrington.

The next time you have an open position to fill, try Employ Florida. The site is another instrument to add to your tool kit when staffing your business.

Mary Helen Kress, president and CEO of Suncoast Workforce, a nonprofit corporation providing workforce services in Manatee and Sarasota counties, writes about the local job market.

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