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Web site will connect job seekers to Fergus Falls area employers

Published 11:54am Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fergus Falls job seekers and employers will soon have a localized, online resource to connect with each other.

It’s called Fergus Falls Talent Community, an online community where individuals and local businesses can showcase their talents and opportunities. The website (www.fergustalent.com) will be fully functional Sept. 3, with a special kick-off party that day to celebrate.

“It’s really a site to validate and tell people what your skills and your talents are,” said Trudi Amundson, project manager.

The idea all stemmed from a question Amundson was asked: How many electrical engineers are in the area? Not having a way to know the answer, she thought it would be great if there could be one central spot where people could showcase their talent and skills.

The membership-based Talent Community is offered at no charge, made possible through an Otto Bremer Foundation grant, and it will start in Fergus Falls, Brainerd and Crookston. Each community will have its own dedicated website of individual profiles.

“We’re the first people in the state to make this go live,” Amundson said.

The community will have its own group established on the business networking website LinkedIn, but to be clear, the Talent Community is different than that social media site. For one thing, the Talent Community is a place to brand yourself and list your skills through a personal profile, while LinkedIn is a place to put your resume.

Job seekers in the area, or even those who would be interested in moving to the community, can be part of the Fergus Falls Talent Community. All they need is an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate to join the site. The certificate is a portable credential which demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace skills.

“It really assesses what you can do with what you know,” Amundson said.

More than 200 people in Fergus Falls have the certificate. It’s something that validates an individual’s skills, then those skills they post on their Talent Community profile can help get them paired up with an occupation. Employers can use the site to search for skills.

The Talent Community idea has been well received so far.

“Both of us are getting great feedback from employers,” said Rick Schara, with business services at DEED.

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