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Marion County - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

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Sunday, September 25, 2016



Man pursues career change after age 50 Former law enforment officer switches to lab technician “The participation rate for people ages 65 to 74 years was 20.4 percent in 2002 and rose to 26.8 percent in 2012.”

By Andy Fillmore Correspondent

According to CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, the number one job demand in this area is for registered nurses. The Rasmussen College School of Nursing recently opened in Ocala in a former entertainment complex. The new school features many state-of-the-art teaching aids, such as high fidelity mannequins. (STAR-BANNER PHOTO/BRUCE ACKERMAN) 2016.

Short term demand in these jobs According to CareerSource Citrus, Levy, Marion, these are jobs currently with a short

term demand. The data shows the job, the entry, median and experienced wage:

■ Registered Nurses: $22.22; $27.76; $30.83 ■ Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers: $11.26; $15.85; $19.97 ■ First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers: $10.39; $13.65; $17.43 ■ Medical and Health Services Managers: $31.79; $43.39; $50.67 ■ Occupational Therapists: $29.00; $41.29; $46.88 ■ Family and General Practitioners: $61.08; $78.37; $105.52 ■ Physical Therapists: $25.29; $42.32; $50.94 ■ Speech-Language Pathologists: $28.82; $41.66; $46.57 ■ Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents: $17.46; $22.52; $39.03 ■ Physician Assistants: $42.25; $57.93; $65.99 ■ First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers: $15.19; $22.28; $27.80 ■ Insurance Sales Agents: $18.33; $22.76; $37.46 ■ Surgical Technologists: $15.86; $18.75; $21.19 ■ First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers: $19.63; $28.26; $40.26 ■ Financial Managers: $28.74; $41.88; $54.08


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Gabino Cortes, of Ocala, decided to change careers after age 50 and had a mantra that helped drive him forward. “It’s never too late for a better career to help yourself and your family,” said Cortes, who turned 55 in April. He is set to graduate from Marion Technical College in October on his way toward a career as a medical lab technician. Cortes, a native of Puerto Rico, immigrated to the South Bronx in New York with his parents in the late 1960s. He described growing up “dirt poor” in a tough environment around drug use and “lost some friends” but had a strong faith and feels his background actually helped “push him.” Cortes also credits his parents as a source of motivation. By the mid-1980s, Cortes decided to move to St. Croix for a position in law enforcement, where he remained for about 15 years before he returned to the U.S. and moved to the Ocala area at the suggestion of a friend, a fellow officer in St. Croix. He worked with Florida Highway Patrol Troop F in the Collier County area from 2002 to 2004. Around 2003, Cortes’ wife asked him to get out of law enforcement so he looked into the medical profession and in 2007 began work as a

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Gabino Cortes will graduate from the Medical Lab Technician program at Marion Technical College in October. He is shown at the Ocala, Florida facility on Tuesday October 6, 2013. Cortes was a Florida State Trooper before he decided to change careers. ALAN YOUNGBLOOD / OCALA STAR-BANNER

Certified Nurse’s Aide at The Villages Hospital. Later, he worked as an Emergency Room Technician with duties including taking vitals and helping with CPR. While working as an ER technician, he observed lab technicians and was intrigued by and interested in the science of the work they did and the functions they performed to help patients. In 2014, he decided to go to Marion Technical College (formerly Community Technical Adult Education) to take the courses required for lab technician certification. He is scheduled to graduate Oct. 25. Cortes said he has found the college staff has an “open door policy” and are accessible. “They greeted me and guided me. They want to see you succeed and help 110 percent,” he said. Cortes estimated that about 10 to 15 percent of the students in his

classes are in his age range, a few are veterans perhaps in their late 20s or 30s and the balance are in their 20s. According to the U.S, Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls. gov), the median age of the U.S. worker in 2015 was 42.3. That year, of 149,000,000 people in the U.S. workforce, the number of people age 55 to 64 was 24,975,000. A Jan. 6, 2014, article on the website, titled “Labor force participation projected to fall for people under age 55 and rise for older age groups,” states the number of 55 plus workers is expected to continually increase for at least another eight years. “The labor force participation rate is highest among 25- to 54-yearolds, surpassing 80 percent for the last several decades. Since 2000, however, the rate has trended downward. The participation rate

of 25- to 54-year-olds dropped from 83.3 percent in 2002 to 81.4 percent in 2012. BLS projects the rate to decline slightly further, to 81.0 percent in 2022,” the article states. “Labor force participation rates of people age 55 and over have risen in recent decades, and BLS projects the rates to rise further. Among 55- to 64-year-olds, the participation rate was 61.9 percent in 2002 and increased to 64.5 percent in 2012. BLS projects their participation rate to increase further, to 67.5 percent in 2022,” the article notes. “The participation rate for people ages 65 to 74 years was 20.4 percent in 2002 and rose to 26.8 percent in 2012. BLS projects the rate for this age group to continue increasing, to 31.9 percent in 2022. People age 75 and over participate in the labor force at comparatively low rates, but BLS also projects their participation rate to rise from 7.6 percent in 2012 to 10.5 percent in 2022,” the article states. To learn more about programs offered at Marion Technical College, visit their website at


Sunday, September 25, 2016



CF, CareerSource team up in new job-focused resource center Talent Center targets students, graduates and professionals in transition By Nicki Gorny

The Talent Center

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As he neared the end of his bachelor’s program at the College of Central Florida, Reece Grubbs felt confident he had the technical skills and credentials to land a job in IT. When it came to relaying that information to a potential employer, though, he knew to look for some help. “There’s a difference between a 22-year-old kid writing a resume and someone that does it professionally,” he said. Today, Grubbs, an IT help desk technician at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, in part credits that someone at CF with helping him land his current job. He started at the Sheriff’s Office as an intern in September 2015, when he was still balancing up to 32 hours a week there with his class schedule at CF, and in January transitioned to a full-time employee. This followed his graduation in December 2015. It is job-hunters like Grubbs whom the College of Central Florida and CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion are targeting through a new collaboration at CF’s Marion County campus. The Talent Center, a resource center that zeroes in on job-hunters

3003 SW College Road, Suite 101, Ocala (College of Central Florida Enterprise Center, Building 42) Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday Phone: 352-840-5762; 844-364-9859

Lisa Reynolds, a student outreach specialist, right, meets with Shedrick Comer, a Rasmussen College student, left, at the Talent Center in the Enterprise Center at the College of Central Florida on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. CF and CareerSource opened the Talent Center at the CF campus this spring. The Talent Center centralizes job-focused resources for students and graduates. (STAR-BANNER PHOTO/BRUCE ACKERMAN) 2016.

who have or who are obtaining degrees, opened in the Enterprise Center at CF in May as an affiliate of CareerSource in partnership with CF. A ribbon-cutting this month formally marked its debut. The Talent Center does not introduce new resources so much as centralize those that had already been available through CF or CareerSource, according to Jerry Flanders, Talent Center Services Manager. Its programs and resources cover students, graduates and professionals in transition, and its users do not need ties to CF to take advantage. But the Talent Center’s digital

counterpart, an online portal that is similarly geared at building relationships between local employers and the local pool of potential employees, is in some ways set to break new ground when it launches this fall. “That will allow us to really tie it all together,” Flanders said, describing the portal as the “click” to the Talent Center’s “brick.” CareerSource has long operated its own portal, Employ Florida Marketplace, which allows users to search jobs throughout the state. The Talent Hub, as the new portal is called, is expected to stand out in part through a greater emphasis on

local relationships. Employers will be able to market their job openings through the portal, for example, and connect with a local talent pool that is similarly marketing itself through the same channels. “The portal will allow us to have a much more interactive exchange, in an employer- and userfriendly way,” Flanders said The Talent Hub’s “click” is also expected to extend the reach of the “brick” beyond CF’s Marion County campus. Both CF and CareerSource also operate in Citrus and Levy counties, where there are no immediate plans to open a physical center. At the local campus, the Talent Center’s open floor plan invites both drop-ins and more organized classes or gatherings. Flanders suggested this might play out in a “coffee and career chat,” for

example, or a professor who brings his or her class by for a session on the “soft skills” that can help a person land a job. It is also where professionals in transition can meet for “refocus and reconnect” workshops, an intensive two-day program geared for job-hunters who might find themselves in a job market that looks much different than it did when they first entered the workforce. For Bonnie Hayes, who also works out of an office at the Talent Center, the benefits of centralizing these types of resources is clear. Part of her job as CF’s business and technology coordinator is helping students, including Grubbs, land internships that, in some programs, are a requirement before the student can graduate. She has long been able to direct these students toward related resources, like interview preparation or resume reviews. Grubbs credited her with steering him toward Patriot Job Connection, where he found this sort of help before the Talent Center launched. Now, instead of directing students across campus, Hayes can send them across the room. “It’s a good collaborative effort,” she said of

the Talent Center. The professional and business-like environment at the Talent Center, as well as its visibility on campus, also stand out as benefits. Hayes and Flanders said that they have already seen a fairly strong stream of visitors and expect their numbers to increase. While Hayes said she has long seen CF value the success of its students, by offering resources to help jump start careers, she said she has particularly seen the college prioritize this in the past five years or so. She said she especially sees this energy channeled in the Talent Center. “Being in one place is really demonstrating and renewed focus and emphasis and desire to help the students,” she said. And, as she and Flanders pointed out, connecting students with employers tends to benefit everyone involved. “When that happens,” Flanders said, “The college is successful. The workforce is successful. And the employers are happy and successful as well.” “That’s the goal,” Hayes added. Contact Nicki Gorny at 352-867-4065, nicki. or @ Nicki_Gorny.


Sunday, September 25, 2016



Number of remote workers is rising nationally Kiplinger list of Top 10 work-at-home jobs range in hourly pay from $10 to $33 By Andy Fillmore Correspondent

Rebekah Sack found that her work-at-home job required discipline but it did lead to her current position as in-house editor at Atlantic Publishing Group in Ocala. Sack, 22, who was living in Bloomington, Illinois, when she graduated from Illinois State University in December with a major in English, saw an online posting for work as a remote editor with the publishing company and decided to try it. “I could choose where I worked, at home or in the

university library,” Sack said. Sack said she liked the freedom of working remotely, but said staying focused could be difficult between chores begging to be done around the home, snacks in the kitchen and the large picture windows of the university library. After working online for several months, she secured a job with the publisher, moved to Marion County and now works as an editor out of the company’s office in southwest Ocala. Sack said Atlantic Publishing Group, which

designers in their 40s and 50s,” Sack said. According to a July 8 report on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website (, 24 percent of all people REBEKAH SACK employed did “all or concentrates on publish- some work” from home. “On the days they ing non-fiction “how-to” worked in 2015, 24 perbooks and young adult cent of employed people educational material, did some or all of their uses about 85 percent work at home. The share remote contributors. About 30 remote writers, of workers doing some or all of their work at home 10 designers and two of grew from 19 percent six interns all contribute in 2003 to 24 percent in remotely. The contributors are nationwide, from 2015. Workers in managerial and professional Florida to California. occupations were more “We have writers in their 20s and (graphic) likely than workers in

other occupations to do some or all of their work at home,” the report states. The July 2015 article “10 Great Work-FromHome Jobs” on the “Kiplinger: The Washington Editors” website lists the jobs below with benefits including “extra income, flexible hours and dress code of slippers and sweatpants” and estimated average pay from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,, and other outlets. Some positions may require specialized degrees, certification or training. The

pay shown below is per hour, on average: ■ Web search evaluator to check accuracy of online search results: $14 ■ Medical transcriptionist to type doctors’ notes: $17 ■ Customer service representative: $10 ■ Computer support specialist: $24 ■ Virtual assistant/handle scheduling etc.: $15 ■ Web content writer: $18 ■ Online tutor: $15 ■ Proofreader: $18 ■ Translator: $24 ■ Web developer: $33

The Kiplinger article warns people to be cautious about work scams.


Sunday, September 25, 2016



Local agencies, groups partner to help veterans Rising numbers in 30 to 40 year age bracket are seeking assistance By Andy Fillmore Correspondent

Henry Ayala, who specializes in placing veterans at CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will tell you all U.S. military veterans get priority service in finding jobs and, in turn, veterans are good employees. “Veterans have skills from the military and leadership qualities,” said Ayala, a retired U.S. Army sergeant and Gulf War veteran who focuses on assisting veterans with what have been identified as “significant barriers to employment,” along with fellow CareerSource CLM veteran specialist John Harrington. Both Harrington and Ayala assist veterans in finding employment under the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program. Harrington, who served as an Army 1st Sergeant, said recently he has been seeing an increase in veterans in the 30 to 40 year age bracket. He said that, often, the veterans he sees cannot use skills learned in the military. “You might have someone who has a lot of training on aircraft engines but due to an injury can’t climb up on the airplane,” he said. Harrington said the veteran may be able to use the skills in a supervisory job or seek the advanced training and math skills necessary to enter, for example, IT or

medical fields. One veteran helped by Ayala is Karl Burges, 58, a native of Pensacola and Navy veteran who served from 1977 to 1981. He was working as a civilian employee with the Navy and had training in cryptology and editing. Burges came to Ocala after the Veterans Administration referred him to a Volunteers of America program with centers in several Florida cities and eventually brought him to an available opening at the Ritz Veteran’s Village in midJuly. He said the program he is in is for veterans with medical and financial concerns or who are homeless. “I lost my job, had financial problems and then lost my house,” said Burges, who went to CareerSource for help in finding a job as part of the Volunteers of America program. He said he lost his job due to a “reduction in force.” “I lost pretty much everything,” he said. Burges said some veterans do not seek help for reasons including that they may encounter a judgmental attitude. Burges called Ayala a “good guy (and) a gogetter” who will “push” to get veterans a job. “Henry is very dedicated to veterans,” Burges said. Burges said that resources at CareerSource include access to computer room and

printers. He said Ayala helped him with his resume. Burges was hopeful that he would be starting in a position that involved providing computer training in early September. Laura Byrnes, communications manager for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion said all veterans receive “priority of services.” “Priority of services means the right of veterans and eligible spouses to take precedence over a non-covered person in obtaining all employment and training services. Depending on the type of service, this may mean veterans and eligible spouses receive services earlier in time or instead of non-covered persons. Other than that priority, they are considered to be a universal customer and, if they opt for staff-assisted services, will be matched with the best Job Readiness Coach or Career Coach to meet their needs,” Byrnes said. Byrnes said that of about 39,000 veterans in Marion County in 2014, around 15,000 were in the 18 to 64 age bracket and out of nearly 20,000 Marion County job seekers served by Career Source Citrus Levy Marion in 2015, about 1,657 were veterans. She said the unemployment rate for veterans ages 18 to 64 in 2014 was about 12.2 percent or 1,167 of 9,569

in the labor force. Byrnes said some of the services offered to veterans by Career Source Citrus Levy Marion include: • Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair http:// www.careersourceclm. com/2748.aspx • Intensive Refueling and Retooling for Success for Veterans workshops • Reboot: Job Search Strategies for Veterans (job fair prep workshops) • Homeless veterans stand down • Veterans’ priority admission to job fairs Veterans also get preferential treatment at Marion Technical College. Skills learned in the military, for example firefighting, handled in a partnership program with the Florida State Fire College, can become the foundation for a career, with refresher courses. Donna Schaffer, the college's Veteran Certification Officer and Program Manager for Financial Aid, works with staff including assistant principal Scott Carpenter to assist veterans. The school waives admission application fees for veterans and all veterans are considered Florida residents. Schaffer also coordinates with Ayala to help veterans with Veterans Administration educational benefits. Schaffer said one area of concern is that VA benefits “will not cover

on-line classes” from a non-college degree institution. Ayala confirmed the issue. Marion Technical College is currently working on this issue with the VA. It has to do with the clock hours, which are not recognized by the VA versus the standard college credit hours, Ayala said. Hank Whittier, director of the nonprofit Marion County Veterans Helping Veterans, networks with and provides veteran referrals to other local agencies and institutions including Marion Technical College, the College of Central Florida and Career Source Citrus, Levy, Marion to reach the goal of “self-sufficiency” for any veteran. “We partner with SummerGlen Community to provide scholarship for veterans,” Whittier added. He estimated that about $14,000 in scholarships have been awarded to date this year. Veterans Helping Veterans helps about 7,000 veterans annually with assistance from food to employment. Jason White, on the board of directors ocala/

at Veterans Helping Veterans, is a 30-yearold Marine veteran who served in the Iraq War. He feels that for a professional “career not just a job,” veterans must network in “the culture of veterans” found in groups like Veterans Helping Veterans. He stressed that veterans must get “active in the culture” in support organizations. The College of Central Florida also offers supportive programs for veterans. The CF website states that the college seeks to “help make the veteran’s transition to civilian life as seamless as possible.” The website lists a host of areas in which the college can assist veterans, including with the application process and educational benefits. CF has a current “military friendly” rating from G.I. Jobs, a veteran educational and career advisory service established by former service personnel to supplement the “TAPS” or Transition Assistance Program offered to exiting service personnel. The G.I. Jobs website states that CF has veteran-oriented benefits and policies including Post 9/11 GI Bill approved 3 percent military enrollment, deployed military return without penalty and “in-state tuition without residency requirements for active duty military.”


Sunday, September 25, 2016



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Six important steps in the job search process By Rachel Gillett More Content Now/Business Insider

Job postings usually begin the same way: first the overview of the position, followed by a list of required skills and desired qualifications. It can be extremely frustrating to know deep down that you'd be great for the job, even though you don't fit all the requirements. The good news, says Aliza Licht, author of "Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It Your Career. Rock Social Media," is that it's still possible to get the job. Here's what you'll want to do:

Don't count yourself out Human Workplace CEO Liz Ryan writes on LinkedIn that the recruitment process of putting out job ads is "bureaucratic," "faulty" and "idiotic." "The manager writes a job spec that describes an imaginary, magical person who doesn't exist on this planet. A compliant HR person takes the spec from the manager and publishes the job ad far and wide, no questions asked," she writes. As Scott Purcell, a Silicon Valley-based technology recruiter at Jobspring Partners,

tells Quartz, a lot of job descriptions include everything the company could ever dream of having, which does include a list of things they need, but also includes things they may want to use in the future and every sort of technology in their environment. "If you were to ask most hiring managers if they care about somebody that has every skill listed, versus somebody that has four or five [relevant skills] with a good attitude and a good work history, they're all going to say they care about the type of person, not some brand new technology skill," Purcell tells Quartz. Unfortunately, the majority of people who don't apply for jobs say the reason isn't that they think they couldn't do the job well; it's that they think they won't get hired because they don't meet the qualifications. But as "Great on the Job" author Jodi Glickman writes for HBR, they're missing a basic mathematical principal when deciding not to apply: rounding up. If you're 60 percent qualified for a job based on its description, "Why round down rather than up when we’ve long been taught that a 0.5 gets rounded up to 1?"

Glickman asks. She says that slight miscalculation can have huge repercussions in your professional life. The bottom line is, if you think you're a fit for the job — and you can frame your skills to make a case — don't let an overly detailed job description intimidate you. It's likely you're more qualified than you think.

Understand the job and your skills You always want to understand the job you're applying for — that's obvious — but when you're trying to position yourself outside of your normal area, it's even more critical than usual. That's because you're selling your specific, transferable skills — not your previous titles. And the better you understand the job description, "the more you can hone in on what you know is important to that person," Licht explains. "You have to throw the skill set that you know they're looking for back at them."

Cut the jargon Certain specifics may be very, very impressive to people inside your industry, but to people outside of it — like, say, the people in charge of hiring for the job you're

trying to get — those details are (sadly) meaningless. Cut them from your résumé and cover letter. Licht tells the story of a candidate looking to transition from healthcare PR to fashion PR — not, superficially, at least, a drastic career change. But her résumé was filled with the names of pharmaceutical companies and drugs, and those details weren't doing her any favors in fashion. "The person in fashion is going to read this and think, 'OK, I don't know what you're talking about, I don't know these companies, these drugs mean nothing to me,'" Licht says. The thing the fashion people do care about? "The actual PR skills that she performed on behalf of these brands. That's the nugget that they're going to care about."

Lead with the positive "I know my background in medical research makes me an unconventional candidate for the communications position, but..." is a tempting — and sincere! — opening to your cover letter, but it is not the one you want to go with. "I wouldn't lead with the negative, ever," Licht says, in no uncertain

terms. Instead, she advises, "flip it right around: 'My experience with A, B, and C would enhance your department because of X, Y, and Z reasons.'" That way, you're not giving them a reason to reject you — you're "opening their minds to another possibility." And with the right spin (and the right hiring manager) it's even possible that your quirky career path could work in your favor. "Sometimes, it's a positive to have someone come from left field because you get a fresh eye and an outside perspective," Licht points out. Your experience isn't a blemish — it's a feature. The challenge is selling it that way.

Appeal to their humanity — and their ego Finding a point of human connection can go a long way toward getting someone to take a chance on you. That's true if you're chasing your first internships, but it's also true if you're trying to change career directions. (In fact, it's probably true under all circumstances. People respond well to people who also behave like people.) So how do you professionally connect on a personal level?

"Acknowledge that person's recent accomplishment, or what that person has done for the company," Licht suggests. "Show you're really a fan." Will you seem like a pandering suck up? Maybe, she concedes, "but really, have you ever met someone that doesn't like being complimented? Is that really a risk?" The key is to have the facts to back up your fandom. "If you start listing everything that person's done, at least you did the research!" she says. "You may have heard about the person one week ago, but you've done your research and it sounds good."

Ask the hiring managers what they need Just as it's important not to get hung up on the job description when you think about applying, it's important to completely ignore the job ad when interviewing. Instead, Ryan says that you should ask your interviewers probing questions to learn more about what is and isn't working at the company and what the hiring managers truly need help with. Then speak to how you can help. Rachel Sugar contributed to a previous version of this article.


Sunday, September 25, 2016



AutoZone to build in Ocala Warehouse, distribution center to open in 2018 By Fred Hiers Staff writer

The Memphis, Tennessee-based AutoZone will build its next warehouse and distribution center in Ocala. The planned $49 million, 444,000-square-foot center at the Ocala 489 commerce park will be AutoZone’s 10th such facility in the nation, said Rod Halsell, AutoZone senior vice president of supply chain and customer satisfaction. The new facility will serve the 290 AutoZone

retail stores throughout Florida and Puerto Rico. The Ocala distribution center will get supplies from more than 400 vendors and take over Florida distribution from an AutoZone facility in northeast Georgia. Site work should begin within the next two months at the commerce park north of U.S. 27 and east of Interstate 75, near the recently opened FedEx Ground distribution hub. The AutoZone plant is expected to be operational by early 2018. As its part of and

Sr. Vice President of Supply Chain for AutoZone, Rod Halsell, center, thanked Marion County and Ocala officials for welcoming them to Marion County as the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership held a welcome meeting for AutoZone executives at Reilly Arts Center on Aug.25, 2016 in Ocala, which included Gov. Rick Scott, at left in white shirt and red tie. (DOUG ENGLE/OCALA STAR-BANNER)2016

economic incentive agreement, AutoZone must create at least 192

full-time jobs with an average annual wage of $38,000.

City officials estimate the facility will generate at least an additional

110 wholesale jobs due to peripheral impact on the area economy.

14 career choices most college students never think of By Jacquelyn Smith More Content Now/Business Insider

For many students, a college degree puts you on the direct path to a certain career, such as a doctor, teacher or journalist. But for many others, the future isn't as clear-cut. Maybe you want to go to med school, but don't

necessarily want to be a doctor. Maybe you love maps, but aren't sure how to incorporate that passion into a career. Or perhaps you just haven't found anything that sounds appealing yet. Luckily, there are tons of great career options out there that many college kids have no idea even exist. In this helpful thread, Reddit users shared some of

these under-the-radar occupations that most students probably haven't heard of. And they pay fairly well, too. Here are 14, including average annual salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, for those who need some inspiration finding their dream job.

Air traffic controller: $118,740

Internal auditing: $75,280

Hospital technology repair: $56,670

Mining engineer: $107,880

Technical writing: $73,350

Court stenographer: $54,720

Anesthesiology assistant: *$99,270

Dental hygienist: $72,720

Tower technician: $52,940

Physician assistant: $99,270

Industrial design: $69,820

Funeral director: $52,990

Hearing-aid practitioner/Audiologist: $77,420

Geomatic engineer/Land surveyor: *$61,880

* Some salaries were not available via the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so data for similar positions was used.


Sunday, September 25, 2016


Unemployment dips, but uptick expected From 6.8% in July 2015 to 6.1% a year later Staff report

The unemployment figures released in late August by the state indicated that Marion County's unemployment rate dipped from 6.8 percent in July 2015 to 6.1 percent in July of this year. The good news, however, is that CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion noted at the time that, "The Ocala MSA also posted the third fastest annual job growth rate compared to all metro areas in education and health services at 5.7 percent, adding 1,000 jobs over the year." The July data reflects that from a labor force of 131,803, there

were 123,724 people employed. That compares with a labor force of 132,116 a year ago and 123,156 employed. July's 6.1 percent was up from 5.9 percent in June, but labor experts note that is part of a longstanding trend: Counties tend to experience slight upticks in May, June and July, only to have the unemployment rate dip down again in September and October. "We anticipated the (June to July) increase (in the unemployment rate,) though there was a chance it might be offset by robust hiring during the month,” said Rusty Skinner, CEO of

CareerSource CLM, in prepared remarks. He referred to recent hiring events including FedEx Ground, Episcopal Children’s Services and Marion County Fire Rescue. “It may just be that the reporting for those jobs hasn’t caught up with the state’s data collection. As with each monthly picture, the August snapshot of the labor force will better define where we are going,” Skinner said. That data was set to be released too late for publication in this section but will be featured in the Ocala Star-Banner and on

One bright spot in Marion County this summer has been the hiring of a large number of employees at the newly opened FedEx Ground Hub. On Aug. 4, during the grand opening, Jesse Mobley, center, talks about the sorting machine near the truck bays. The 400,000-square-foot facility has already started processing 15,000 packages an hour and will expand to 45,000 an hour. They will be employing 300-350 employees, 50-100 will be full-time while the remaining will be part-time. (DOUG ENGLE/OCALA STAR-BANNER)2016

Elements of a successful job search According to CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion these are helpful job search tips: 1) Make the commitment. Think of a job search as a full-time job. Be willing to invest your time, energy and effort. 2) Tap into online resources. Complete your profile in the Employ Florida Marketplace and use that as your home base. To maximize options, add profiles to online alternatives such as Monster and Career Builder. 3) Meet with a CareerSource Citrus, Levy, Marion professional. Partnering with a workforce

development professional is the best way to ensure you get the support and resources needed. 4) Create a realistic job search plan. A step-bystep action plan helps keep you on track and allay stress during the job search. 5) Identify skills and interests - research jobs that seem to be a good fit. Focus efforts by taking inventory of your skills, values and interests to see how they align with job expectations. An excellent resource is 6) Develop/update your resume and cover letter. Free workshops offered

by CareerSource Citrus, Levy, Marion can help you build better job search documents. Ask staff for a professional critique. 7) Create and/or fine tune your online footprint. Review your social media accounts (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter) to make sure the image you convey online is how you want to be seen by prospective employers. 8) Leverage your network. Networking is the most powerful tool you can use to find a job. Let everyone in your circle know you are looking for work. Ask friends and contacts for information and introductions.



Sunday, September 25, 2016

10 signs you’re in the By Aine Cain Business Insider


etting stuck in a position that’s all wrong for you can take a massive toll on your entire life. If you’re not a good fit for your current gig, it’s important to ascertain if you should quit (and figure out how to go about doing it). Here are some signs that your current job is all wrong for you: You have to try really hard to get by

I’m not knocking hard work. It’s important to strive and hustle and master new skills. However, if nothing in your job comes easy, you might be in the wrong line of work. Writing for “Forbes,” career expert Louis Efron recalled his experience as a human resources professional: “The successful employees were playing to their strengths, doing what came naturally to them. For the less successful employees it required much more effort and energy.”

You loathe Sundays It’s fine to be a little sad that the weekend’s over. However, if you spend Sundays dreading work, that’s a pretty clear sign that something’s wrong.

Your job is making you sad





wrong job Everyone has bad days at work — even people who thoroughly enjoy their jobs. It’s unhealthy and unrealistic to want to be happy all the time – go for contentment instead. Still, if you feel like your job is adversely affecting your mood in general, maybe it’s time to switch things up.

intensive than others. It’s up to you to determine what an acceptable trade-off is. That being said, there are certain times when enough is enough. In many cases, overworking yourself will only harm your personal and professional lives in the long run. Don’t burn yourself out. Look for other opportunities that will allow you to live a well-rounded life.

You get terrible feedback

Your boss is out to get you

You feel like everything’s just fine. Your managers disagree, barraging you with negative review after negative review. If this sounds like you, you’re probably not just wrong for the job — you might be out of a job soon.

Let’s be real, you’re not going to click with every manager. However, that doesn’t mean that things need to become contentious. If you feel like your boss is gunning for you, get out quick and avoid suffering through a toxic work environment.

You’re in a dying industry

You’re unable to advance

Things might be going fine at work, but does that matter when your job is about to go the way of the Dodo?

Getting to work is a fight Most days, you seriously consider calling in sick. It’s a major struggle to convince yourself to get out from under the covers. There’s loving your bed and then there’s having no motivation to head to work.

Your work-life balance is terrible Obviously, some jobs are more stressful and time

Your job’s OK, but you want more and there don’t appear to be many opportunities to move up in the company. If that’s the case, start looking outside your workplace for advancement.

You’re embarrassed by your job When all your friends begin swapping wacky and fun work stories at happy hour, you have to fight the urge to down your drink and head for the door. You don’t have any to share, and that makes you pretty sad. Or maybe you just find what you do somewhat humiliating. That’s a terrible position to be in. It’s also a signal that you need to plan your escape as soon as possible.


Sunday, September 25, 2016


Career Resource Guide September 25, 2016  

Official Publication of the Ocala StarBanner's Career Resource Guide

Career Resource Guide September 25, 2016  

Official Publication of the Ocala StarBanner's Career Resource Guide