Media Contact: Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC
Director of Communications
Direct: 352-291-9559 | Mobile: 352-816-1264
OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2023) – CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a “Paychecks for Patriots” job fair on Thursday, Nov. 9 as part of a statewide effort to connect Florida veterans with employment opportunities.
The free job fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., in Ocala. While Paychecks for Patriots is open to all job seekers, priority is given to veterans and active service members as well as their military families.
For fastest access, attendees are encouraged to register in advance at bit.ly/HIRINGHEROES.
Henry Ayala, retired US army and a local veteran employment representative for CareerSource CLM, said that Paychecks for Patriots features local employers with immediate jobs to fill who value the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed during military service.
“CareerSource CLM is honored to serve those who have proudly served our country,” Ayala said. “They bring dedication, a special set of skills, and diversity to Florida’s workforce.”
The job fair features a variety of “veteran friendly” businesses such as Fidelity Manufacturing, Right at Home Nature Coast, and the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners In addition, Paychecks for Patriots offers:
Free job fair preparation clinic on Monday, Oct. 30 from 1-3 p.m. at the CareerSource CLM Career Center. The center’s Clothes Closet will be open at no charge for those interested in selecting attire for the job fair.
Free bus fare, in partnership with Ocala SunTran, for veterans in need of transportation to and from the event. Starting Oct. 30, a limited number of tokens will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Ocala Ritz Veterans Village, 111 NE 12th Ave.; Marion County Veterans Services Office, 2730 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite #100, Ocala; Silver Springs Shores VFW Post 4493, 11100 SE Maricamp Road, Candler; and CareerSource CLM’s Career Center, 2703 NW 14th St., in Ocala.
CareerSource CLM’s Paychecks for Patriots takes place along with similar hiring events held throughout the month in other CareerSource Florida regions. It is presented in partnership with the Florida National Guard, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and FloridaCommerce, formerly the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The local job fair is supported Ocala’s SunTran, Inverness-based BIVOUAC Veteran’s News, and the Marion County Public Library System.
Those unable to attend Paychecks for Patriots may apply for open positions online at www.employflorida.com. A special employment portal of information and resource links for Florida veterans is also available at https://veteran.employflorida.com
In addition, CareerSource CLM offers Priority of Service year-round to veterans and eligible spouses at all CareerSource CLM career centers. Fee-free staff assistance, job referral and placement, resources and other employment services are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Career Centers in Ocala, Lecanto and Chiefland.
For more information about Paychecks for Patriots or CareerSource CLM’s year-round Veterans Services, call 800-434-JOBS (5627), ext. 2225.
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is a member of CareerSource Florida and a proud partner of the American Job Center network. CareerSource CLM is supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other agencies as part of awards totaling $6.9 million (revised annually). CareerSource CLM is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and in Spanish. All voice telephone numbers listed above may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. For accommodations, call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or e-mail [email protected]. Please make request at least three business days in advance. Stay up-to-date by engaging with CSCLM on Facebook, Jobs352 and/or LinkedIn.