Did you know Think Florida links employers with graduates?

Florida’s State University System website helps employers connect with Florida graduates.  Think Florida: A Higher Degree for Business links the resources of the university system to employers, new graduates and job seekers across the state.

The 12 institutions within the System enhance the state and its many valuable assets by providing high-quality academic degree programs to meet state economic and workforce needs, cutting-edge research to address global problems, and community outreach to improve the quality of life for Floridians. The System now enrolls over 400,000 students. Each institution has its own distinct mission, but all have one thing in common.  They are committed to building relationships with the business community.

One of the 12 universities is right here in our Southwest Florida backyard, Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)

Do you know about the Florida Disaster website?

Do you know about this website?

The Florida Division of Emergency Management provides an unbelievable amount of information for Florida individuals, families and businesses on their website.

Hurricane Irma is a reminder to all Floridians of the sudden threat severe weather can pose in our state, especially during hurricane season.  Every tropical storm system has the potential to be life threatening. 

Go to today and get an emergency preparedness plan to protect your family this Hurricane Season. 

Check out our hurricane preparedness & recovery information page.  We have listed useful local links from our partners in our Southwest Florida  area. 




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Summer Employment – Part 1-Tips and Expectations

Five Youth SmilingSchool ended and the summer arrived.  By now, you probably found a part-time or full-time job to get you through the summer.  Something to bring you extra cash before school starts.

Now that you are in your summer job, let’s address some areas of great importance that will help your work experience become a positive one this summer.

  • Keep the schedule of your working hours on your cell phone – this is a quick way to check and stay on top of when you are expected at work.
  • Add alarms to your cell phone calendar – it helps you be aware in advance of when the next shift begins.
  • Always show up on time – a valuable skill all employers desire is punctuality.
  • Prepare your clothes the day before work – make sure they are clean and ready to wear so you don’t waste time preparing the next day.
  • It is your responsibility to have transportation to work – supervisors will not accept excuses of not showing up to work because your friend couldn’t take you.

These are just some tips that can help you have an enjoyable summer job experience along with gaining the work experience you need for future jobs and careers.

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Apprenticeship Masonry Training Available!

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We are recruiting in the Immokalee, LaBelle and Clewiston areas.

Are you interested in enrolling into Apprenticeship Masonry Training?

Attend classes one evening per week while working full time with a participating employer.

You can earn while you learn.


  • Be a Migrant Farmworker or family member
  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card

Contact: Melissa Palma for more information (239) 658-3300 Ext 6705

Supportive services may be provided to those who qualify.

We are recruiting apprentices NOW for start dates throughout the year!

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11 Reasons to Hire a Veteran

For veterans, transitioning to civilian life can be full of challenges. One such challenge is finding civilian employment. Many employers choose to hire veterans because of their particular leadership and teamwork experience, education, and training.  You can also correlate different military occupations with analogous civilian jobs.

1) Accelerated learning curve: Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.

2) Leadership: The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.

3) Teamwork: Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an over-arching objective.

4) Diversity and inclusion in action: Veterans have learned to work side-by-side with individuals regardless of race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion and economic status as well as mental and physical attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.

5) Efficient performance under pressure: Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.

6) Respect for procedures: Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.

7) Technology and globalization: Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.

8) Integrity: Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.

9) Conscious of health and safety standards: Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintain personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials.

10) Triumph over adversity: In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strength and determination.

11) Veterans are cost-effective employees: At CareerSource Southwest Florida, Veterans always receive priority of service. It is our duty to promote and maximize the employment of our veterans, especially Veterans with barriers to employment.

Contact your local CareerSource Southwest Florida center to find out how you can interview candidates.

(This content is borrowed from CareerSource Research Coast, one of 24 in the CareerSource Florida network.  We consist of dedicated professionals who help inform Florida businesses and job seekers of the resources and services available through the CareerSource Florida network.)

The Employ Florida web site is a powerful online tool designed to assist job seekers and students of all ages in search for the right job, and to help employers identify the best job candidates.

Search hot jobs in top industries!

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