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Phoenix opens matchmaking service to help job seekers

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Finding a job these days is still pretty hard, but now there's a new way to get your resume in the right hands.

The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center opened its doors for the first time last month.

It is a place where job seekers attend workshops to assess and improve their skills, and are then matched up with Arizona businesses with job openings.

Think of it as a matchmaking dating service, where city officials pair folks up with employers looking for specific skill sets.

"We really get to know our job seekers. What are your interests? What are your gifts? What are your talents? What are your skills?" said workforce center supervisor Seth Dyson. "We are the eHarmony for the workforce and pride ourselves on that."

The workforce center doesn't cost job seekers anything.

The entire program is funded through federal grants. The city spent around $600,000 on the center, using Department of Labor grant funds.

City officials want the 12,000-square-foot center to become the primary resource for high-skilled employees.

Businesses like it, too, as it provides an additional recruiting tool to help find qualified candidates, said Dyson.

"We see small businesses all the way up to major corporations," said training specialist Neva Smith. "The Amazons, the Banner Health. Those are the types of large companies."

Sean Daley, of Scottsdale, has been looking for a full-time job for more than a year. He signed up for one of the workshops and is hopeful his next job interview will be a match.

"I think that's what we're looking for, a date," said Daley. "I'm looking to fall in love with a career."

The Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center also hosts job fairs for Arizona businesses.

It is located at 302 N. First Ave.

For more information on the center call 602-256-3147, or go to  http://phoenix.gov/econdev/097816.

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