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Post  sc4ram on Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:58 am

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1397797.html
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Stimulus creating 261 new jobs in Martin County

Post  sc4ram on Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:43 pm

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/money/stimulus-creating-261-new-jobs-in-martin-county-268469.html
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Federal stimulus cash pays for Telecom call-center jobs

Post  sc4ram on Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:58 pm

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100224/NEWS01/2240340/1006/rss01
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* * * Reply with quote * * * * New program aims to put Floridians back to work

Post  daytonaman on Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:58 am

This Job creation program is great for some, I've read the articles ( with the exception of the Miami Herald article, Link is no good)

For those who have children under 18 this is GREAT, get the jobs while they are there, Unfortunately the number of jobs it will create doesn't even scratch the surface compared to the number of unemployed in Florida, What does our RIGHT TO WORK state plan on doing to spur job growth for those of us whose children are grown and out of the house?
Something, somehow NEEDS to be done fast, congress can't get there head out of there A$$ with passing another extension, a 4 hour heated debate last night to pass the small 30 day extension was objected to by both parties arguing about how it will be paid for. They will find a way to pay for it when it is to late for many of us and thousands of people are living in their cars or on the street, and the financial burden on the communities to pay to feed and care for the homeless will cost MUCH more than an unemployment extension - NO Extension = NO MONEY INTO THE ECONOMY
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1,500 Broward and Palm Beach jobs available through state program

Post  sc4ram on Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:21 pm

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/23/MN531CJKCG.DTL
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Federal funds go to helping ex-prisoners get jobs

Post  sc4ram on Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:24 pm

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-jobs-funding-20100324,0,466769.story
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Re: New program aims to put Floridians back to work

Post  Sheila on Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:28 pm

daytonaman wrote:This Job creation program is great for some, I've read the articles ( with the exception of the Miami Herald article, Link is no good)

For those who have children under 18 this is GREAT, get the jobs while they are there, Unfortunately the number of jobs it will create doesn't even scratch the surface compared to the number of unemployed in Florida, What does our RIGHT TO WORK state plan on doing to spur job growth for those of us whose children are grown and out of the house?
Something, somehow NEEDS to be done fast, congress can't get there head out of there A$$ with passing another extension, a 4 hour heated debate last night to pass the small 30 day extension was objected to by both parties arguing about how it will be paid for. They will find a way to pay for it when it is to late for many of us and thousands of people are living in their cars or on the street, and the financial burden on the communities to pay to feed and care for the homeless will cost MUCH more than an unemployment extension - NO Extension = NO MONEY INTO THE ECONOMY
You are absolutely right. The government, (Cough, cough, the idiots), also fail to realize that our countries foreclosure rate is going to go sky high, also affecting the country economically. They fail to realize that people on unemployment used to work and therefore, many of them have mortgages and do not rent. All of these people will go into foreclosure, there will be no choice. Good one Government!!! Whoo Hoo...

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Want a Job, Dress the Part

Post  sc4ram on Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:35 pm



Florida Today Aug 23, 12

Starting Sept. 10, people seeking assistance at the three career centers operated by Brevard County’s main work force agency will be turned away if they fail to meet a dress code that forbids shorts, baggy jeans, flip-flops and other casual attire.

The new policy by Brevard Workforce would prevent improperly-attired people from using the publicly-funded agency’s computers to format resumes, its counselors to get career advice and its job listings at centers in Palm Bay, Rockledge and Titusville.
The dress code is the cornerstone of Brevard Workforce’s “Make a Good First Impression” initiative, an effort that stresses grooming, personal cleanliness, and proper clothing when looking for a job. It is meant to impress upon job-seekers that appearances can make a big difference even as they search for a job, not just at the interview.
“It is our responsibility to empower job-seekers with the tools they need to get a job,” said Lisa Rice, president of Brevard Workforce. “That includes sharing honest feedback from potential employers. Businesses have told us that even the most talented, well-trained individuals, if not dressed professionally, may be turned away for employment.”
Brevard Workforce officials are certain the clothing guidelines will “meet any legal requirements.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is not so sure.
“If this dress code is just a list of suggestions for how to dress professionally in order to secure a job, then the career center is entitled to provide that,” spokesman Baylor Johnson said. “However, if they’re denying people access to services based solely on the kind of clothes they own, that raises potential privacy issues.”
Johnson said employers may put in place standards on how employees are expected to dress, but “there are limits on the power of government to deny people access to government services based solely on how they’re dressed.”
That’s what other work force boards have done: implement clothing guidelines without tying access to obeying them.


“It’s not something where we turn away somebody for services,” said Marybeth Soderstrom, community outreach coordinator at Polk Works, the work force agency in Polk County.

Soderstrom noted that Polk Works is preparing to relaunch an information campaign on the importance of proper attire and appearance when looking for employment.
The new code at Brevard Workforce comes as the county recovers from the severe recession and the end of shuttle program, a fitful process that saw unemployment fall as low as 9 percent in May before rising to 9.7 percent last month.
Rice didn’t view the requirement for proper clothing as too onerous.
“The burden of being unemployed far outweighs the burden of dressing professionally,” Rice said, adding that agency associates will tell people who may not own proper attire about resources to find clothing.
The dress code policy at Brevard Workforce was approved earlier this month by the agency’s management team, and it came after hearing feedback from employers using the agency to find workers.
Workforce board members were aware of the new policy but did not vote on whether to implement it.
“All you have to do is remind an employee that you only have one chance to make a first impression,” said Jack Rood, immediate past chairman of the Brevard Workforce’s board of directors. “This is part of the battle.”
Alyssa Brown, spokeswoman for Workforce Florida, which oversees the regional boards, said individual agencies have the latitude to develop policies based on what they’re hearing from employers and their knowledge of conditions in their area.
“This policy shows that Brevard Workforce is responding to employers seeking work-ready candidates and demonstrates their commitment to removing barriers to employment,” she said.
Wearing a black-and-white sundress, blouse and black shoes, Cassie Castillio would have easily passed the dress code as she stopped by the Rockledge job center on Tuesday to get employment information.
The 19-year-old said the new policy seemed to make sense.
“It’s a good idea, as long as it doesn’t get too extreme,” she said. “I understand that you need to look nice to get a job.”
Furthermore, Rice said, there often are times when employers will be at one of the job centers and want to conduct interviews at a moment’s notice.
“When this opportunity arises, job-seekers need to be dressed professionally,” she said.
Lonny Butcher, director of the Office of Career Connections at the University of Central Florida, supports Brevard Workforce’s efforts on attire. He noted that beginning this semester, students in UCF’s master’s of business administration program will be required to attend classes in business casual attire.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Butcher said. “One of the things about these work force agencies, like Brevard Workforce, is that you never know who you’re going to run into. There may be employers there. If a job-seeker comes in and they don’t look professional, then that may be an opportunity they miss out on.”
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