Career Tools And Resources

How many careers will you have in your lifetime? Well, if you’re like most people, you can expect to have numerous jobs and various careers changes. In order to ensure a successful career transition, you will need to have the necessary  tools to educate and prepare yourself.

So whether you love your current job or are thinking about trying something new, career planning is the key to success. Not only should you use career planning to build on your current job, but the success of your future is based on a strong plan – and a well-executed one at that.

To assist you with getting started, we offer links to some valuable tools that will walk you through some basic steps necessary to succeed. You can also follow CareerSource Pinellas on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to receive additional information, the latest job opportunities and insider career- searching tips.

Career Planning
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally-recognized source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future. It is revised every two years and provides information for hundreds of popular jobs, such as:
    • necessary training and education
    • potential earnings
    • expected job prospects
    • what workers do on the job
    • working conditions
    • and much more!
  • O*Net Online Career Exploration – The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database which contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.
  • My Next Move – Do you already know the type of job in which you are interested? If not, will you know it when you see it? Or are you not really sure at all? Let us help you! My Next Move is specifically designed to help you determine the right career for you and to help you find a job that you will enjoy.
  • EF Career Explorer – To use this system, you must first be registered in Employ Florida.  This resource offers information about certain careers and what can be expected such as salary, responsibilities and specific job requirements.
  • CareerInfoNet – America’s Career InfoNet helps people make better, more-informed career decisions. Check out education, knowledge, skills and abilities, labor market information and much more!
  • Career One Stop – Career One Stop is your pathway to career success. Explore careers, get resume advice, samples and templates, wage and salary information, and more.
  • Future Plans – Undecided about what career to pursue or what planning steps to take next? Future Plans will help you to discover more about yourself using a new tool that is innovative and engaging, with 11 online assessments and activities designed to help you discover and pursue a career that you can be passionate about, excel in, and is in-demand!
CareerSource Pinellas
  • Employability Skills Training – Our Courses allow career seekers to build their resume, learn how to get the most out of Employ Florida, build on their interview skills and gain basic computer skills.  And, best of all, these weekly courses are offered at no cost! All customers must have a basic Employ Florida profile to attend.
  • Tobacco Free Florida – Quitting is hard, but not impossible. Tobacco Free Florida provides FREE services, tools and tips to help you or a loved one quit tobacco for good.
  • Job Hunting 101 Video Series -These videos focus on topics such as, appropriate interview attire, improving your interview skills, resume writing and cover letters, work readiness, and information about your local  career center.
  • Click here for information on Unemployment Claimant Work Search Requirements
Education
  • Job Corps – Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn about a career, earn a high school diploma or GED and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
  • Florida Department of Education (Career & Adult Education) – As a student, you have many questions about what your next steps in education will be. Whether you are in middle, high school or pursuing post-secondary education, the Florida Department of Education provides many resources for you. Learn about the various courses you may need or about financial aid options.
  • GCF Learn Free – For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactive and games, completely free.
  • Good Typing – Learn how to type correctly in just a few hours. 27 guided lessons to learn step-by-step from the beginning. Choose between 23 different keyboard layouts. It’s all web-based and completely free.
  • Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success –  This tool is a dynamic, online learning platform that helps people build a foundation for success—in credit-bearing programs, job and career initiatives and in life. It delivers the skill-building, test preparation and job search and resume resources that can open doors to higher education and better employment opportunities.
  • Industrial Education – The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs section is responsible for developing and maintaining educational programs that prepare individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development. Each program is aligned to a career cluster and is detailed in curriculum frameworks.
  • VR Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.
Family Assistance
  • Access Florida – The Department of Children and Families Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS) program determines eligibility for the Food Assistance, Temporary Cash Assistance, Medicaid and Refugee Assistance programs in the state of Florida.
  • Vroom: Brain Building Basics – New science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains too. In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in all the things we say and do. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at work. That’s why this valuable resource is here, turning shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.
  • Coptic Orthodox Charities, Inc. – Coptic Orthodox Charities, Inc. (COC) serves children, adults, families, elderly, and low income families; COC serves refugees, asylum seekers who are victims of torture, human trafficking, or spouse abuse , and immigrants who face language and cultural barriers that make navigation of local laws, social service, and health care systems difficult.
  • Florida KidCare – Access quality, affordable health and dental insurance for kids. From birth through the end of age 18, Florida children are eligible for head to toe coverage, even if one or both parents are working.
  • Area Agency on Aging – Area Agency on Aging is an Aging and Disability Resource Center, which is the place to start for seniors, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities who are looking to live safely and independently in their homes and communities.
  • Community Development Block Grant Program – The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.  The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – HUD provides various resources on housing, fairness of lending, rental assistance, sustainability and research tools for housing and information.
Florida Resources
  • CONNECT – This is the new way to claim your weekly Reemployment Assistance benefits, update and monitor your accounts, and respond to requests for information. Questions or concerns regarding Reemployment Assistance Benefits must be directed to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) at 1 (800) 204-2418, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
  • FREIDA – Florida Research and Economic Information Database Application is an an online database which provides comprehensive economic and labor market information based on easy-to-use, customer-defined data queries.
  • Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc – The Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. provides a variety of services to American Indians, Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians living in both Florida and Georgia. One of its primary goals is to provide technical assistance for the educational, economic, social and cultural advancement of the Native American citizens within the states of Florida and Georgia. The Council also provides employment and training programs for the economically disadvantaged, underemployed, or unemployed through a grant from the Department of Labor, Workforce Investment Act. Assistance is designed to meet the needs of each individual, meeting them where they are now and helping them to get to economic self-sufficiency.
  • Department of Elder Affairs, State of Florida – The Department recognizes that individuals age differently, and therefore the state’s residents do not each need the same kind of care or services as others the same age.  You may call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) to find out if you or your loved ones are eligible to receive benefits and services from one or more of its programs.
Job Search Resources

State of Florida Job Search Links

National Job Search Links

  • CareerOneStop.org
  • mySkillsmyFuture.org (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • USAJOBS.gov
  • Veterans Employment Center – This website is the single federal source for veterans looking for new career opportunities in the private and public sectors, as well as service members transitioning to the civilian workforce, military and veteran spouses and dependents looking for employment opportunities, GI Bill beneficiaries transitioning from training to the job market and employers looking to connect with high quality applicants.
Labor Market Information

Data about employment by location and occupation, labor supply and demand, earnings, unemployment and demographics of the labor force make up what is known as labor market information (LMI).

You can find useful LMI on Florida and the rest of the country through the Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research here.  

To see a snapshot of the LMI for Pinellas County, please click here.

Retirement
  • St. Petersburg Assisted Living Guide – This guide, specifically focused on the St. Petersburg Area, educates readers on essential aspects to consider when researching assisted living options. It answers common questions about cost, facility type and more. It also breaks down the amenities of several local assisted living facilities.
  • Florida Assisted Living Guide – This guide focuses on retirement resources within the entire state of Florida.
  • First Presbyterian Church – Meals on WheelsFirst Presbyterian Church – Meals on Wheels makes food options available for homebound community members. Call 727-822-2031 for assistance.
  • The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-PinellasThe Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas provides aging-related resources like education and advocacy services. Call 727-217-8111 to participate.
  • AARP Florida – St. Petersburg Office – AARP Florida – St. Petersburg Office is an organization for seniors that offers services like insurance, and advocacy programs for seniors in the community. Call 866-595-7678 to connect with a representative.
  • The Sunshine Center – The Sunshine Center is a community services group that offers assistance and support programs for seniors. Call 727-893-7101 for information on how to get involved.
  • St. Petersburg Free Clinic – Food Bank – The St. Petersburg Free Clinic – Food Bank offers food options for community members in need. Call 727-821-1200 for assistance.