At the national level, websites such as www.linkedin.com, www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.
The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics like entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
107 E. Madison St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399 850-245-7105
The department promotes economic betterment through workforce programs, community development opportunities and economic development initiatives and programs.
1580 Waldo Palmer Lane, Suite 1
Tallahassee, FL 32308 850-921-1119
A business-led statewide network of career developers who work directly with employers to find, develop and keep talented employees.
Employ Florida Marketplace
Part of the Employ Florida network of workforce services and resources, this online tool helps connect employers and job seekers.
400 S. Fort Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756 727-464-3367
The website guides prospective employees through the application process for a variety of Pinellas County jobs in an array of fields
CareerSource Pinellas 727-524-4344
Find tools and resources; job fairs; training; career planning; re-employment help; labor market information; military transitioning; internships; youth programs; and much more.
Pinellas County Economic Development
13805 58th St. N, Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760 727-464-7332
It connects local entrepreneurs to business resources and helps develop strategic ways to expand and grow.
City of Clearwater
Human Resources Department
100 S. Myrtle Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756 727-562-4870
The Clearwater Human Resources Department uses its website to carry out its mission: “To optimize the city’s human resources capability by acquiring, maintaining, developing, and retaining, a diverse, highly qualified, motivated, and productive work force.”
City of St. Petersburg
1 Fourth St. N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727-893-7111
The St. Petersburg Human Resources website provides listings of full- and part-time county jobs available and step-by-step instructions to apply online for these jobs with St. Petersburg, the largest town in Pinellas County.
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602 813-272-5900
Along with county job openings, the website covers employee benefits and retirement information.
City of Tampa
306 E. Jackson St.
Tampa, FL 33602 813-274-8211
Job line 813-274-8115
The City of Tampa’s new online application website lists openings, salary ranges, application deadlines and whether or not the job still is available, and includes an application template.
An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.
Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 21 for a list of chambers of commerce in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have different resumes that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.
Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.
Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight your skills, work experience and education that apply to the position. Be aware that many employers now accept only online applications so get comfortable with computers.
Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose and rehearse your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.
Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter as well as the quick-response email will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.
Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you’re not notified that you didn’t get the job.