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 need to have the tools necessary to educate and prepare yourself.

So whether you love your current job or feel frustrated in it, 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 success. You can also follow CareerSource Tampa Bay on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to receive additional information.

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 work lives. It is revised every two years. The Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions for hundreds of popular jobs.

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, containing 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.

EFM Career Explorer – To use this system, you must first be registered.

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 & 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! (U.S. Department of Labor)

CareerSource Tampa Bay

CareerSource Tampa Bay Customer Service Survey – Your opinion matters, please take a few minutes and provide us with feedback regarding the quality of services you received. Thank you in advance we appreciate your input as we strive to improve our services!

Employability Skills Training – Our courses allow career seekers to build their resume, learn how to get the most out of Employ Florida Marketplace, build on their interview skills and gain some computer skills.  And, best of all, these weekly courses are offered at no cost! All customers MUST have a basic EmployFlorida (EF) profile to attend.

Job Hunting 101 Video Series -These videos focus on topics; such as, appropriate interview attire, improving your interview skills, résumé writing and cover letters, work readiness, and information about your local center.

Click here for information on Unemployment Claimant Work Search Requirements

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Job Corps – Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn 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 – 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 postsecondary education, the Florida Department of Education provides lots of resources for you. Learn about the various courses you may need, or options in financial aid.

GCF Learn Free – For more than a decade, the 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, 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 using all your fingers. 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.

SkillUp® Working Solutions – is a comprehensive platform that delivers career exploration tools, career pathways, job search tools, assessments, and online skill training. Customers will have the ability to virtually register, update job skills via e-learning courses, track their progress (e.g. course completions, hours, skill badges, etc.) and explore 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 program and Refugee Assistance programs in the state of Florida. Access Code Link

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, bathtime, 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, asylees who are victims of torture, human trafficking victims, spouse abuse of US citizens, and immigrants, who face language and cultural barriers that make navigation of local laws, social service, and health care systems difficult.

Florida KidCare

Area Agency on Aging

Florida Resources

CONNECT – 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 internet-based labor market and economic data base for analysts, businesses, and jobseekers 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 our 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

Health and Wellness

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. Here is an important message for tobacco users looking for work in Florida.

Job Search Resources

State of Florida Job Search Links

National Job Search Links

  • 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).

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


Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) – A world class transportation network for the Tampa Bay region that will connect people and places, move goods and services, enhance the quality of life, and offer transportation options that are safe, sustainable, affordable, and efficient.