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Job Searching / Job Developing

This section contains resources for students who are looking for employment, educators who develop jobs, and family members who support their students.

2014 Economic Security Report
The Economic Security Report provides students, parents, and others with employment, earnings, and other outcome information on graduates of Florida's public institutions of higher education, e.g., State University System (SUS), Florida College System (FCS), and District Technical Centers (DTC).

Find Your Path 
Find Your Path is a partner of the American Job Center Network, U.S. Department of Labor.  This website provides federal resources available within your community. Access the website to learn more about:

  • What Works:  See how the Department of Labor is connecting job seekers and employers
  • Finding A Job:  Explore career options, find a job and connect with training  
  • Employers:  Learn about federal resources to help employers hire
  • News:  Catch up on the most recent news, announcements and events

Employ Florida Marketplace 
Florida's official online portal to virtual job-matching services with job searches by zip code, city, county, region or the entire state and a "virtual recruiter" to search for jobs.

Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
Provides information on one-stop career centers serving job seekers and Disability Program Navigators who work to improve services to people with disabilities.

FL Job Connections
Job search site that connects businesses across Florida with qualified applicants with disabilities.

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
DVR provides services for eligible persons with physical or mental impairments designed to enable them to prepare for, get, keep, or regain employment. Youth services include   job placement and more.

Key Economic Reasons to Include People with Disabilities in Your Workforce 
This one-page summary from the Able Trust provides a number of reasons that hiring people with disabilities is good business. Supporting data is provided from the U.S. Census and a national study that showed that 87% of people surveyed said they would prefer to patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities. 

Labor Market Statistics Center
Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
Provides timely and reliable Florida labor statistics and analyses to improve economic decision-making regarding employment, wages, the labor force, economic indicators, and population characteristics.

Labor Market Statistics Center Publications
Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation 
Publications include career comics and posters, a Florida labor market trends newsletter, industry profiles, fact sheets, and Giving Children Hope and Skills for the 21st Century: A Parent’s Handbook on the Future World of Work (large file).

Mapping Individualized Learning Plans

An Individualized Learning Plan is a key tool for helping youth — including youth with disabilities — take critical first steps to prepare for college and careers. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, along with partners Social Dynamics, the Altarum Institute and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, recently launched two products to provide a snapshot of how ILPs are being implemented nationwide: an interactive policy map and a brief on Individualized Learning Plans Across the U.S. The map provides information about state ILP status, specific ILP policies and how students with disabilities are being included in these important college and career readiness tools.

This new online planning tool is called MyCareerShines and will be implemented in phases beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. With MyCareerShines, Floridians will be able to explore careers, identify personal preferences for future employment, and learn about the educational requirements for specific professions. 

mySkills myFuture
This U.S. Department of Labor electronic tool helps workers or those looking for work identify occupations that fit their particular skill set, learn more about suggested employment matches, apply for a job, or locate a local job training program. 

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This website from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the U.S. Department of Labor contains information on a wide variety of occupations, including their type, environment, necessary preparation and qualifications, salaries, and employment outlook. 

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Flash Training Series
Division of Youth Services
U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
The Division of Youth Services presents the “Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Flash Training Series.” These “Flash Trainings” are brief (5 minutes or less) lessons focused on specific WIA Youth program topics. They are designed to provide information and direct those working with youth to tools and resources to help them best serve program participants. The first topics in the series include: the 10 WIA Youth Program elements, exit policy, finding youth program resources, waivers, and youth councils. There will be more Flash Trainings coming soon! If you have any questions or suggestions on future topics, please contact us:  

Working Relationships: Creating Career Opportunities for Job Seekers with Disabilities through Employer Partnerships
Educator reference with practical, real world approaches to job development for students with disabilities including career development strategies, meshing job seeker characteristics with employer needs, customized employment consultation, job retention, and career growth.

Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge
The results of the U.S. Department of Labor's initiative to identify the public's favorite career sites and tools have now been compiled! To read about the challenge and view the complete list of sites and tools, click the first link. Click the second link to view the top sites in six categories:  general job boards, niche job boards, career planning tools, career exploration tools, social media job search sites, and other. 

U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration Job & Career Information
Contains a list of national, state, federal and private job banks.

America’s Job Bank (AJB)
Although AJB ceased job search operations on 7/1/07, the Web site is still open and contains a career resource library and information on job search planning, networking, and more.

Quintessential Careers
Job search Web site information on networking, cold calling, job fairs, on-line and long distance job searches, job seeker sign up for resume posting and newsletter, and a "Jobs and Career Resources for Teenagers" page.

Creative Job Search
On-line guide with a wealth of information including job search preparation, strategies, tools, tops for managing feelings, and more. Job Searching
Information and tips on job listings, on-line job searches, networking, job fairs, jobs for teens, and working from home.
Provides guidance for researching and applying for jobs on the Internet; developed by the author of the acclaimed job hunting guide, What Color is Your Parachute?

Disaboom Jobs
Job Search site for people with disabilities including articles on how to determine if a company’s culture is disability friendly before you apply.

National job search Web site for people with disabilities and employers who want to hire them. Also includes information on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Nationwide job opportunity web site for people with disabilities and leading employers with information on job training programs, and mentoring/networking opportunities.

National Business & Disability Council Job Seeker
National job search page for people with disabilities. Also includes information on internships; career events; and webcasts on topics such as disclosure and networking.

National recruiting site for job seekers with disabilities, employers, and agencies. Also included information on accommodations and employment rights.
For job seekers and employers; search by location, keyword, and job category; provides job tools such as salary calculator, career fairs, career advice, etc.
Features include personal profiles, job hunting strategies, career mapping, career benchmarking, explanatory videos, career advice, and more.



The development of this website was funded by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
through a grant by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services,
Florida Department of Education (2010 - 2011, 291-2621A-1C008).

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