Additional Resources for Job Seekers

These organizations and websites offer additional valuable resources and information to job seekers.

Employment Research

Florida’s Research and Economic Information Database Application (FREIDA) | Get help selecting a new career, finding a new job, and locating suitable education or training.

Career Infonet | Explore your career options. Find out which careers are in high demand, salary earning potential, and the education needed.

Occupational Outlook |  Find out what training and education you need, expected job prospects and earnings and what workers do in a particular job. Learn job search tips and information about the job market in Florida.

O*NET Online | Research what occupations are in demand, match your skills to available occupations, and find out what skills are in high demand by employers.

Job Corps | Job Corps provides education, job training, assistance with job placement and follow-up support – all at no cost to eligible students. Students can earn a high school diploma or GED, train for a new career, prepare for higher education and gain the practical skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

The Florida Department of Education Farmworker Jobs and Education Program (FJEP) | The purpose of the FJEP is to provide workforce training leading to year-round, unsubsidized employment to eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and to provide emergency stabilization services such as food, rent, etc. to those who choose to stay in farm work.

The Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs | The Council provides a variety of  services to American Indians, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians living in both Florida and Georgia with the primary goal to provide technical assistance for the educational, economic,  social, and cultural advancement of the Native American citizens within the  states of Florida and Georgia.

Mature Workers

AARP | Find the companies in Polk County that are seeking the skills and experience of workers age 50+.

Lakeland (863) 508-1100 ext. 3112   Winter Haven (863) 508-1100 ext. 3302

Experience Works | Low-income seniors, many with multiple barriers to employment, can get training needed to find good jobs.

Lakeland (863) 508-1100 ext. 3112   Winter Haven (863) 508-1100 ext. 3351

Cash, Food Stamps, and other assistance

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) | Economic self-sufficiency is the goal. For temporary assistance with cash, food stamps or Medicaid, visit the State of Florida’s Department of Children & Family website or call toll free (866) 762-2237.

Florida KidCare | The State of Florida’s health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19, Florida KidCare will check which of four programs your child may be eligible for based on age and family income. (888) 540-540-5437

Child Care Resources | The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County can help you determine if you qualify for Child Care Resource and Referral, School Readiness, and Voluntary Pre-kindergarten programs. (863) 733-9064.

Health Insurance Marketplace | Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace ended on March 31st.  However, after Open Enrollment individuals may qualify to enroll in private coverage through the Marketplace if they experience certain life events such as losing job-based coverage, COBRA expiration, moving to a new state, leaving incarceration, and change in income.   Individuals may also apply for Medicaid and CHIP coverage year round through the Marketplace.

The United Way of Central Florida 211 HelpLine | 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community social & human services. United Way of Central Florida spearheaded the implementation of 2-1-1 for Polk County as a way to provide comprehensive and specialized information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tobacco Free Florida | The Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the state’s three ways to quit.

Community Services Block Grant Activities | The Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) provides federal funds to designated local governments and non-profit agencies called Community Action Agencies to assist eligible low-income households in attaining the skills, knowledge and motivation necessary to achieve self sufficiency.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Section 3 | Helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.

Adult Education | Earning a State of Florida High School Diploma opens the door to new opportunities and pathways in your life!  Upon successful completion of the GED Test, you are awarded a State of Florida High School Diploma and are considered a high school graduate.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program assists workers who have been laid off or whose jobs have been threatened because of foreign competition.  Workers covered under a certified Trade Act Petition may be eligible to receive an array of services and benefits including training, reemployment assistance, relocation allowances, wage subsidy for older workers, health coverage tax credit benefits and more.  Contact a CareerSource Polk Employmnet Security Representative for assistance.

Industrial Education can be obtained through the CareerSource Polk WIOA Program, click for additional information on curriculum frameworks developed by the Florida Department of Education.

Transit Assistance is available for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.   CareerSource Polk may offer transit assistance to individuals enrolled in eligible programs, ask your Career Specialist about available support services.

The American Job Center Act – Fact Sheet