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December 14, 2007

Dear Friend:

The Internet continues to change the face of the marketplace. Several weeks ago we talked about Cyber Monday and the e-marketplace for goods. This week we turn our focus to the e-marketplace for services.

Florida’s job market remains strong. We are lucky to live in a state where unemployment rates fall consistently below the national average. According to the most recent data, 8,880,000 Floridians are employed, and the state has the lowest unemployment rate of the ten most populous states. We have consistently fallen below the national average in unemployment since mid-2002.

In order to help support the job market, the Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) has developed a state-of-the-art employment website that rivals Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com. Employ Florida Marketplace provides Floridians with the tools they need to find employment or find employees inside the state, thus helping Florida rank high in job growth when compared to other states with similar populations.

After a quick and simple registration, you can have access to thousands of job listings extracted from nearly every employer in Florida, and employers have found tremendous value in having one centralized database to search for and evaluate potential candidates. In addition, Employ Florida Marketplace includes some important and helpful educational data such as career exploration, employer information, and labor market research, which is designed to help job seekers and employers alike make informed decisions about their careers, wages, training and resources.

The website is designed to be very easy to use, even for the person who has little computer experience. Some features of the website include professional formatting of resumes and cover letters, a virtual agent that will automatically search for and review jobs that match an employee’s skills or for candidates that match the skill an employer is looking for, a personalized folder that holds job-search efforts and resumes, and an integrated system email and message center that allows easy communication between job seekers and employers.

Tools like these help keep Florida’s job market thriving, and it is an important resource for job seekers and employers alike. The Agency for Workforce Innovation will continue to develop tools like this to assist our licensees in finding the job of their dreams.

Sincerely,
Secretary Benson Signature
Holly Benson
Secretary

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation

1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:
850.487.1395

www.MyFloridaLicense.com

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Here is a schedule of next week’s professional board meetings. For full meeting details, we’ve included a link
below to the department’s online calendar.

December 19, 2007
BOARD OF EMPLOYEE LEASING COMPANIES

ORLANDO

PROFESSIONAL BOARD NEWSLETTERS
published this week:

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To download a free copy, visit:
www.myflorida.com/dbpr/os/newsletters.html

Employ Florida Marketplacewebsite

The Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) has developed a state-of-the-art employment website that provides Floridians with the tools they need to find employment or find employees inside the state.

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