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.

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What You Can Get From Summer Employment

Young adults or students

We are half-way through the summer and you may know what matters in regards to keeping the job you have and how it can help you in future career choices.

Believe it or not, summer jobs can open up our eyes as to what is important to you about the type of job you want to pursue.

If this is the first summer job you’ve had, here a few things you may get out of summer employment that will benefit your future.

  • Look at your job as an opportunity to learn about that particular business from the inside out.

  • Find out if your own interests and passions match that particular job which may lead you to your career of choice.

  • If not, it may give you ideas of what other careers you may want to pursue.

  • Be willing to learn all you can about that position, a can-do attitude goes a long way.

  • Make sure you add the experience you are getting from this job on your resume.

  • What you get out of this job depends on your attitude.

  • Learning to show up on time, follow directions, willingness to learn, and do what it takes to get the job done will help you on your next job opportunity.

  • If you’ve had a positive work experience, ask your supervisor to be a reference for future job opportunities.

Summer is coming to an end, make sure your job experience does not stop here. Keep on learning all you can and research career options that will lead you to your future professional development.

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Why Having a Best Friend at Work Makes You More Productive and Happy

Using research and principles outlined in his book, The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People, Dan Buettner details four important things that will enhance your work life. 

“For long-term happiness, try to make your career something that speaks to your passions.” – Dan Buettner

1. Try to Combine Passion with Your Profession

For long-term happiness, try to make your career something that speaks to your passions.

2. Try to Work as Close to Home as Possible

The thing people rank as the most hated part of their day-to-day lives is their car commutes.
Minimize commuting by car whenever possible.

3. Make a Work “Best Friend”

According to 2 million Gallup surveys, having a good friend at work is an important part of whether people enjoy their jobs or not.  Put yourself out there and make some enriching work friendships.

4. Take Multiple Shorter Vacations vs. One Long One Per Year

Take shorter, more frequent vacations.  Since when and how long you get away from work for vacation often depends on the amount of vacation time you’ve accrued, this approach encourages you to spread out your vacation time throughout the year instead of cashing it all in at once for one long trip.

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