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Workforce Readiness

Workforce readiness can be defined as the “Human Resources Strategy” to economic development. Workforce readiness focuses on both identifying the barriers that keep the local labor force from achieving their full potential while taking into consideration the overall needs of the region’s current job offerings.

As the premier organization for professionals dedicated to all facets of human resources management, and who represent the wide variety of industries represented in west coast Florida’s economy, SuncoastHR is committed to being an integral part of the strategic solutions that move the region’s economy forward.

As part of this commitment, our Workforce Readiness resource page is designed to provide you, our members, and the community the resources that connect people to jobs and companies to talent sources.

Transitioning HR Professionals

Let’s face it; just because you’re an HR professional, doesn’t mean that finding a job is any easier for you during times of unemployment. That’s why the Workforce Readiness committee wants to offer you several resources that will assist you in landing your next job.

No Cost Annual SHRM Renewal

Did you know that if you are unemployed at the time your national SHRM membership expires, you could be approved for your next annual membership for free? This is a benefit that SHRM national offers only once in your professional career. If you are in this situation, we encourage you to visit SHRM Customer Experience at 800-283-7476.

HR Florida State Council Career Center

It only makes sense that HR professionals would look for job opportunities on the job board that represents the crème de la crème in their profession. And that employers seeking the most qualified, involved, and networked individuals in the field of HR would post their opportunities on HR Florida’s job board. Not only are you targeting the right audience with the HR Florida job board, but the listing prices are unbeatable! To inquire about placing your HR related job posting, go to: HR Florida Career Center.

HR Florida Transitioning HR Professionals Support

Did you know that your SuncoastHR membership also includes a membership to HR Florida? Yes, that’s right; a two for one membership. As the umbrella organization for all SHRM chapters in the state, HR Florida has established a unique partnership with Right Management, the global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions within ManpowerGroup. The HR Florida/Right Management Partnership is a generous collaboration of services offered only to Florida SHRM members.

You must officially register for the services at HR Connections to leverage this benefit. Your registration will provide access to monthly live webinars, job search strategies, LinkedIn topics, resume development, and much more.

Additionally your registration will provide access to their HR Quarterly Newsletter, direct emails of statewide HR job opportunities, Right Management HR LinkedIn Group, the bi-weekly podcast show titled, ‘Landed’ - in addition to a variety of Right Management technology resource.

SuncoastHR has created three interactive Workforce Readiness programs. The intent and purpose is to offer to the local community - to people entering the workforce for the first time, people re-entering the workforce after many years of non-active work, and people who may have been employed by one employer for a very long time and now have to start over.

The three programs include Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills and Dressing for Success, are interactive with handout materials for attendees. The programs are available to active SuncoastHR members who want to present to a local group.

If you would like to check out the materials for presentation, they may be obtained by contacting

Resume Writing Program

Attendees will learn about: the purpose of a resume; how to create a resume; about different types of resumes; items to avoid when it comes to writing a resume. They will receive samples of different types of resumes (good and bad), actual job posts with an associated resumes fitting the description of each posting, a prep form to work through creating their own resume.

Interviewing Skills Program

Attendees will learn about: the purpose of the Interview; about different types of interviews they may have; learn about the Do’s and Don’ts during an Interview; discuss questions they might expect or those they might want to ask. They will receive Sample prep questions and several articles related to the interviewing process.

Dressing For Success Program

Attendees will learn about: how their dress affects their job search; what not to wear and why; what works bests for interviewing; about other problem areas besides their clothing. Attendees will be interactive about selecting proper and improper interview attire.