Job & Career Resources Guide

Job & Career Resources Guide

Searching the Library's Shelves

You can find information that will help your job and career search by using the following terms while performing a subject search: job huntingcareer changesvocational guidanceresumes (employment),and cover letters. If you would like to browse the shelves for information related to job hunting and careers, browse the 650 and 331 areas in the nonfiction section. Also look for jobs in the newspapers we carry: Bradenton Herald, Sarasota-Manatee Herald Tribune & Tampa Bay Times.

Reemployment Assistance

For information on whether you are eligible and what you will need in order to file for Reemployment Assistance, visit Reemployment Assistance Application.

To complete the online application, apply through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. For assistance with this application, call 1-800-204-2418.

Mobile friendly application

You can print a paper application and mail it to:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
P.O. Box 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

FedEx is offering free printing and mailing of paper applications at over 100 storefronts in the state of Florida. Locally, we know that the FedEx Bradenton office IS offering this free service. They may have different hours of operation, so please call to confirm:

FedEx Office Print and Ship Center
4401 14th St W
Bradenton, FL 34207
Phone: (941) 752-0875

CareerSource will also be providing paper applications and assisting Floridians with submitting their Reemployment Assistance applications. The Manatee County location is:

CareerSource Suncoast - Bradenton
1112 Manatee Ave East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: (941) 358-4200

Online Resources - Library Databases

Job and Career Accelerator

An easy-to-use job search system with over 5 million up-to-date job listings that you can apply for online! It also provides tools for creating resumes and cover letters, includes over 1,000 occupations to explore, and provides strategies for successful interviewing and networking.

Learning Express Library

Use this database to practice for civil service exams and licensing tests. Learn computer and Internet basics, and popular software programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more through self-paced tutorial courses. Take self-paced courses and read online eBooks on job search, resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and success on the job.

LinkedIn Learning

Watch videos and take self-paced courses on a variety of professional development topics. Learn tips for succeeding in a new job, transitioning to a new career, developing management skills, and doing well in interviews. Watch videos on writing resumes and cover letters or take courses on popular software used in various workplaces.

Peterson's Career Prep

With this database, you can take a career assessment, browse career paths, learn how to write resumes and cover letters, and simulate a job interview.

Get connected to a live tutor who can help with tips on finding and applying for jobs, writing resumes and cover letters, and preparing for an interview. Use the “Submit a paper for review” tool to upload an already created resume or cover letter and receive feedback within 12 hours.

Career Resources video tutorial

Local Job Assistance Agencies

Boley Centers

(941-749-1500) 100 3rd Avenue West, Suite 130, Bradenton

Boley Centers are a not-for-profit organization serving individuals with mental disabilities, the homeless and youth. They provide vocational evaluation, help with “job readiness”, assistance with resumes and interviewing skills, and help finding jobs.

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative – Bridges to Careers program

(941-556-4038) The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, 1945 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

The Bridges to Careers program provides training assistance and advancement opportunities through educational coursework, college preparation training, and bridge programs for companies with low- and moderate-wage workers to help improve their employability. Also identifies public services and income support to assist in career improvement.

CareerSource Suncoast

(941-358-4200) 1112 Manatee Ave E. Bradenton

Job search assistance, training scholarships, skills development, and other services for veterans, military families, laid-off workers, low-income individuals, youth, and professionals.

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

(941-721-2850) 600 8th Ave W. Suite 201, Palmetto

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that works with people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

Goodwill Industries/Job Connection

(941-355-2721) 2715 51st Ave E., Bradenton

The Goodwill Job Connection and Community Connection programs are designed to help individuals obtain long-term employment or transition to better paying jobs and help those who may not be employment ready improve their skills. The Job Connection provides career counseling, assistance with resume and cover letter writing skills, interview strengthening exercises and application submission guidance to individuals with disabilities, people with limited work history, veterans who are transitioning to civilian life, and workers who have experienced corporate downsizing. The Community Connection provides access and referrals for employment, food, counseling services, technology services, and more. Services are provided both in person and virtually to meet community needs.

Turning Points

(941-747-1509) Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Bill Galvano One Stop Center, 701 17th Avenue West, Bradenton

Includes a fully equipped computer lab to search for and apply for jobs, as well as help with resume writing.

Women’s Resource Center of Manatee

(941-747-6797) 1926 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton

The WRC provides assistance with resumes, interviews, career choices, networking and basic computer training. Their “Career Closet” has free clothing for job interviews and the first week on the job. Use their computers to fill out job applications, work on your resume or use the internet. Facilitator will be present for questions. First come, first serve. Feel free to bring your laptop.

Online Job Search and Career Resources

Florida Websites

National Websites