Q. How can I locate qualified applicants for my open positions?
A. CareerSource Heartland (CSH) provides tools and resources for you to find the right employee the first time. Use Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) to conduct resume searches of registered jobseekers. Discover the best ways to search and filter your results by keyword, minimum requirements, or even desired work location of the jobseeker. In addition, when your positions are listed through CareerSource Heartland, our trained staff will pre-screen candidates for you. Contact a Business Representative for more information on these services.
Q. Where can I see my position posted?
A. Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) is the official site employers can list job openings, find qualified candidates, and access a wide variety of information designed to help a business succeed.
Q. Do you have a place I can use for a recruiting event or to interview candidates you have referred?
A. During regular business hours, CSH facilities are available at no cost for on-site recruitment and interviewing for a posted job opening. For a small fee, large and small conference rooms may be reserved for you employment-related meetings. Audio/visual equipment may be made available upon request.
Q.Does CareerSource Heartland assist with funding to train my employees?
A. Yes, we have a number of options available to help fund training for your employees. A member of the CareerSource Heartland Business Operations Team will work with qualified businesses to help determine which training option best meets the needs of the business. Please contact our team for more information.
Q. How much do your services cost?
A. CareerSource Heartland provides the majority of services at no cost to the employer through funds received from federal grant programs.
Q. What are "Work Opportunity Tax Credits"?
A. The Work Opportunity Tax credit (WOTC) is a federal income tax credit that provides incentives to private for-profit employers to encourage the hiring of individuals from targeted groups of jobseekers who traditionally have difficulty finding employment. The amount of WOTC can vary between $1,200 and $9,000 depending on the individual hired. Employers must apply for and receive certification that their new hire is a member of one of the WOTC targeted groups before they can claim the credit on their federal income tax return. For more information, click on the link below.
Q.Do you work with Veterans? Is there assistance for hiring a Vet?
A. CareerSource Heartland centers offer a wealth of resources, including specialized Veterans Representatives who focus on serving the Veteran population. Veterans work with our staff to find jobs, acquire skills and education, plan a career, attend workshops, and take advantage of many other resources. A business entity hiring a Veteran may qualify for the Returning Heroes, Wounded Warriors, or Work Opportunity Tax Credits.
Job Order Form
No fees apply when you post your jobs with us. In return, please let us know when the position is filled. At that time, you will be asked to provide the name of the employee, hired rate of pay, and start date. Simply complete the job order form using the link below or contact our Business Service Center.
Please note that job orders will only remain open in our system for 30 days. If after 30 days, you are still in need of employees, please contact us so we can update your order. Thank you.
Job Order Form Please see note below.
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CareerSource Heartland Offers On-the-Job Training
Assistance to Employers
With many employers reluctant to hire new staff in our current economy, on-the-job training (OJT) is experiencing a resurgence. OJT provides employers with an opportunity to apply for training fund reimbursements to train workers in specialized workplace skills. If you are struggling to hire new employees who have the specialized skills required by your company, then this "in-house" training program my help you.
As an employer, you would provide CareerSource Heartland with job descriptions for approved job openings in your firm. CareerSource Heartland would match qualified, eligible applicants with your job openings. Our Business Operations team is available to help you design training plans that best match your needs and those of the applicants. The employer will make the final decision on the selection of OJT trainees.
The OJT platform will reimburse qualified employers at least 50% of their new hires; wages for the hours the employee is actively engaged in workplace training during the OJT period. As part of this agreement, the employer must agree to hire any OJT trainees as regular, full or part-time employees. The pay and benefits must be commensurate with what you pay others performing similar work.
OJT is an investment in the future that allows people to earn a paycheck while learning new skills, and allows the business to grow while securing skilled staff at a reduced rate.
Interested employers will complete an OJT application form with the relevant information. The application can be downloaded here or you may wish to contact our Business Operations team.
Overview of the CareerSource Heartland Region
Not Seasonally Adjusted
December 21, 2018
• The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Heartland region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, and
Okeechobee counties) was 3.8 percent in November 2018. This rate was 1.0 percentage point lower
than the region's year ago rate of 4.8 percent. The labor force was 76,784, up 992 (+1.3) over the
year. There were 2,920 unemployed residents in the region.
• Okeechobee County had the lowest unemployment rate (3.0 percent) in the CareerSource Heartland
region followed by DeSoto County (3.4 percent), Hardee County (4.1 percent), and Highlands County
• Employment by industry in the CareerSource Heartland region totaled 52,504 jobs in June 2018 (the
latest available data). Industry employment decreased by 1.1 percent over the year.
• The annual job growth rates for information (+31.0 percent); leisure and hospitality (+5.5
percent); other services (+3.8 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+1.9 percent); and
government (+0.9 percent) was equal to or exceeded those of the state.
• The CareerSource Heartland region’s industry employment decreased by 590 jobs over the year in
June 2018. Seven of the 11 industries added jobs over the year. The industries that gained the most
jobs included: leisure and hospitality (+319 jobs) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+213
• In November 2018 nonagricultural employment in the Sebring MSA was 26,000, an increase of 100
jobs (+0.4 percent) over the year.
Note: All data are subject to revision.
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research.
| Unemployment Rates (%)
(not seasonally adjusted)
Employment by Industry
|CareerSource Heartland Region||Florida|
|Jun-18||Jun-17||change||% change||Jun-18||Jun-17||change||% change|
|Natural Resources and Mining||5,601||6,328||-727||-11.5||66,505||67,404||-899||-1.3|
|Trade, Transportation, and Utilities||11,219||11,006||213||1.9||1,759,424||1,726,461||32,963||1.9|
|Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities||2,082||2,126||-44||-2.1||295,474||280,391||15,083||5.4|
|Professional and Business Services||4,082||4,573||-491||-10.7||1,360,781||1,321,910||38,871||2.9|
|Education and Health Services||9,580||9,660||-80||-0.8||1,274,126||1,247,617||26,509||2.1|
|Leisure and Hospitality||6,090||5,771||319||5.5||1,226,564||1,209,851||16,713||1.4|
|Average Annual Wage||2017||2016||change||% change|
Note: All data are subject to revision.
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics.