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Etta Press – A Portrait of Success (R.A. , R.E.S.E.A.)

            Etta Press experienced job loss, and filed a claim for Re-employment assistance in December of 2015. Once completing her claim, she was directed to a CareerSource Pasco Hernando team members for the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment program. The goal of the PHWB RESEA grant program is to provide quality workforce services to unemployed jobseekers to help them return to the workforce more rapidly and with greater self-sufficiency.

During February 2016, Etta participated in services such as orientation, plan development, job ready skill workshops, Professional Placement referral services, and job search assistance. She continued to job search while making resume improvements, contacting Professional Placement referrals, and utilizing the Employ Florida Marketplace website.

In March of 2016, the RESEA program team contacted Etta for follow-up services, and she was happy to report she had successfully gained employment. After finding employment Etta shared the following:

What was the most difficult part of your job search and how was it resolved?

“Gaining interviews, and getting call-backs was the most difficult part, but it was resolved by utilizing a network of people you know are working to help you.”

How did you stay motivated and/or what services from CareerSource Pasco Hernando were most beneficial to you?

“I stayed motivated by utilizing different job search techniques (I.e. E-mails, on-line applications, fax), as well as in person applications and job fairs. Services that were most beneficial were the on-line seminars, as well as free fax, printing and copy services.”

What do you think led to your success in landing the position (i.e. online search, resume, networking, etc.)?

“Networking, since I’m returning to a previous opportunity.”

Is there any feedback you would like to share?

“The Prove-It workshops are terrific! It can add useful skills to your resume.”

Kind regards,



The PHWB RESEA program has assisted over 350 participants in the past 3 months, and we are happy to report Etta as a success of the program.


CareerSource Pasco Hernando Participates in Fourth Annual Paychecks for Patriots Hiring Event


Statewide Hiring Fair Connects Florida Veterans with Career Opportunities

Dade City, Fla. – CareerSource Pasco Hernando teamed up with Pasco-Hernando State College to assist nearly 20 veterans and their family members last week at Paychecks for Patriots, a special hiring fair dedicated to connecting quality employers with our local veterans.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Florida National Guard and the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs have partnered with CareerSource Florida regions to connect members of Florida’s military and veteran community with career opportunities through the Paychecks for Patriots hiring event. This statewide hiring fair addressed the employment needs of veterans by bridging the gap between Florida veteran jobseekers and Florida’s job creators.

During the event, CareerSource Pasco Hernando matched veterans with employers who value the skills, knowledge and attributes veterans attained during military service. Events were scheduled to take place during the week of Veterans Day, November 7-11. “This was a great team effort,” expressed Dave Hamilton, CareerSource Pasco Hernando’s Operations Manager. “CareerSource Pasco Hernando’s Veteran Services, Business Services, Pasco-Hernando State College, and Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity all added to this productive and successful event. We serviced two very important elements in our workforce, veterans and the employers looking to hire veterans.”

Florida is one of the most veteran-friendly states in the nation. More than 1,700 military and veteran candidates and their family members who participated in the events across the state have gained employment, as a result of the relationships formed during Paychecks for Patriots. Veterans had an opportunity to connect with a wide range of employers at a full week of events occurring across the state. Most employers found this year’s Paychecks for Patriots job fair to be a valuable resource in filling open positions throughout their organizations. The jobseekers which attended the event brought a diverse mix of skills and experience from both their military and civilian careers. As a result, employers identified 95 jobseekers for follow up interviews.

Paychecks for Patriots provided numerous veterans with meaningful employment from businesses who are dedicated to assisting veterans and their families find careers that match their unique skills and aspirations.

For more information on events and companies that presented at the hiring events, visit the Paychecks for Patriots website. Veterans or their family members interested in pursuing Florida career opportunities who were unable to attend a Paychecks for Patriots hiring event can view and apply for available positions online at Additionally, a special employment portal for Florida veterans is also available at with positions and resources geared towards veterans.


About CareerSource Pasco Hernando

CareerSource Pasco Hernando enhances economic development efforts of our region by providing a well-trained, high quality workforce which supports the success of local business and improves the quality of life.

CareerSource Pasco Hernando is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711


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