AVAILABLE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

If you are unsure about which program to choose, please contact us at (941)256-9721. We understand that choosing the right career path can be challenging, but we are committed to helping you find the perfect solution that meets your unique needs.

Career Coaching

Personalized 1:1 career mentorship, training, and advice to help you overcome any career obstacles you are currently facing.

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Career
Closet

Offers a variety of free high-quality clothing and accessories for job interviews, work, athletics, and everyday wear.

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Career Connections

The WRC hosts a virtual information session every month to connect you with local employers and potential career advancements.

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Digital Navigator

Our experts help you access low-cost internet services, gain computer skills, and achieve your goals, improving your quality of life.

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EXTERNAL EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Career Resources:

Career Relaunch | Joseph Liu

The Career Relaunch® podcast helps you navigate the ups and downs of a career transition. Hosted by career change and personal branding strategist Joseph Liu, each episode features insightful interviews with everyday people who have stepped off the beaten path in their careers to pursue more meaningful work. Through sharing stories of how others have reinvented themselves, Joseph and his guests provide inspiration, companionship, and clarity as you relaunch your own career. Listen here or on your favorite podcast app.

Where are the jobs Guide | Career

Preparing for in-demand jobs

A guide to in-demand jobs and the skills and education needed to land them from Career Edge. Click here to view the guide.

TED Talks | Career

How to find the work you love | Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it. Click here to view Ted Talk.

Articles | Career

Eight Reasons a Powerful Personal Brand Will Make You Successful

If you don’t have a powerful and visible personal brand, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage in almost every aspect of your professional, business and personal life. Personal branding has become a requirement for anyone looking to grow their business, get a better job, get noticed by the press, take their career to the next level, or meet new, high-quality friends. Click here to read article.

Résumé-Writing Tips to Help You Get Past the A.I. Gatekeepers | Julie Weed

It was inevitable: When companies made it simple to apply for a job online, applications poured in. To wade through this ever-rising tide of résumés, human resources departments are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence systems to pluck out the candidates deemed to be good fits. So while applying may be as easy as a mouse click, that résumé is much more likely to be screened out into oblivion than end up in front of a recruiter. To avoid getting caught by the résumé sifter, job seekers should understand the new systems, which have been spreading to more industries and positions. Click here to read article.

Books | Career

What color is your parachute? | Richard N. Bolles and Katharine Brooks EdD

In today’s challenging job market, as recent grads face a shifting economic landscape and seek work that pays and inspires, as workers are laid off mid-career, and as people search for an inspiring work-life change, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. The 2021 edition features the latest resources, strategies, and perspectives on today’s job market, revealing surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results. Click here to view book online.

Comeback Careers | Mika Brzezinski and Ginny Brzezinski

In Comeback Careers, New York Times bestselling author and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe Mika Brzezinski and her sister-in-law Ginny Brzezinski have teamed up to show you that career reinvention is possible at any age. You have the skills, experience, and maturity; it’s time to own them. For this book, Mika and Ginny interviewed dozens of career changers working in a variety of fields, from finance to academics to the arts. They share successful relaunchers’ secrets to overcoming obstacles, both internal and external, and their step-by-step processes and candid advice. They also reveal key strategies from top job coaches, résumé-writers, and LinkedIn experts, tailored to the special challenges of mid-career jobseekers. Click here to view book online.

Learning & Development

Linked In

LinkedIn is offering courses to help build important skills such as managing a team, finding a job, and coping with new stressors.

Free LinkedIn Learning courses

LinkedIn: Learn relevant skills for jobs in demand.

Free Learning Paths for Top Jobs (linkedin.com)

Three questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams

How you respond to setbacks is what defines your character, says Stacey Abrams, the first Black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor. In an electrifying talk, she shares the lessons she learned from her campaign for governor of Georgia — and some advice on how to change the world. “Be aggressive about your ambition,” Abrams says. View Ted Talk here.

How to build your confidence and spark it on others | Brittany Packnett

“Confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows,” says educator and activist Brittany Packnett. In an inspiring talk, she shares three ways to crack the code of confidence — and her dream for a world where revolutionary confidence helps turn our most ambitious dreams into reality. View Ted Talk here.

Your body language may shape who you are | Amy Cuddy

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. View Ted Talk here.

Thinking about starting your own business? Explore these resources:

Manasota SCORE Manasota | SCORE

Manasota SCORE has over 90 volunteers to support business owners through mentoring, workshops, meetups, and a wide array of resources, including business planning, capital sources, and more.

Career Connections: Women-Owned Businesses

Information session to discuss career opportunities for women interested in starting a business. Panelists include representatives from the Small Business Development Center, the Manatee County Libraries Information Services, CareerSource Suncoast’s Thrive program, and a testimonial from CEO & Founder of Snarky Tea LLC, Jenni-Lyn Williams.

Participants will learn about free resources available, including assistance with small business loans and becoming a certified, woman-owned business; training and workshops on topics

like business planning, financing, and marketing strategies; one-on-one mentoring, free office space and conference rooms; and more.

BMO Harris Resources

Podcasts, Articles, webinars, templates and calculator for entrepreneurs and women considering entrepreneurship. Women in Business – Tools for Financial Progress – BMO Harris or email: WomeninBusiness@bmo.com

CEO Introduction to Business Development

This course focuses on the core basics for new and aspiring small business owners. Business consultants and other business experts will teach classes about business planning including market strategies, competitive analysis, financials, and operations and management plans. Through a combination of classroom training and mentoring, participants will have an opportunity to assess their business acumen and determine the strength of their business concept.

Amazon Black Business Accelerator program:

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator is dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support.

Entrepreneurs Access Network

EAN is a business accelerator program, as well as an always-on learning community. It leverages EY tools, services, events, and professionals to help companies scale and grow by complementing their current leadership activities. EAN utilizes an immersive platform built on three foundational pillars — business community ecovillage for networking, curated growth drivers to scale, and an expansive capital network for funding. EAN will team with a web of like-minded companies and organizations dedicated to making sure Black and Latinx founders achieve sustained success.

There are two program paths to broaden the reach — a curated,* class-based learning program and an on-demand, self-instructional educational component. *Flexibility on criteria will be based on the scalability of the company.

Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ North America

The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program identifies ambitious women entrepreneurs and provides them with the advice, resources and access they need to unlock their full potential.

Sarasota Chamber’s Opportunities for All Program

The Opportunities For All (OFA) program is a two part program. Designed to serve as a help desk/navigator for small and minority-owned businesses to help business grow as well as assist with pairing interns with local companies in the Sarasota/Manatee region. Small grants and funding will be available to help these small businesses grow and thrive in the community. This initiative is funded by a grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

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