Workforce Readiness

The goal of Workforce Readiness is to develop and deploy community projects to support those in need of HR professional skills including resume building, interviewing, job coaching, dress for success workshops and job referrals.  Our committee also serves as a sponsor for programs that have a direct effect on helping challenged candidates obtain employment. 

Along with community partners, we will assist students, veterans, and soon-to-be-ex-convicts be successful in finding and keeping a job.

Here are just some of the things we worked on last year:

  • We will be working with Tallahassee Community College with their Career Fest and Resumania events to help prepare students for resume writing, interviewing, job success and more!
  • Work with local prison re-entry programs (Federal Correctional Institute in Tallahassee and Gadsden Correctional Institute in Quincy) to assist soon-to-be-released inmates succeed in their job search and in resuming life.
  • Assist the homeless in conjunction with City Walk Urban Mission in finding self-sufficient employment

Workforce Readiness needs volunteers for our events, no one can do it alone. We are planning on involving College Relations as well, to give the students some real world experience. Updates to our programs will be on our website, announced in our monthly meetings and posted on Big Bend SHRM’s social media pages.

If you would like to suggest initiatives for the Workforce Readiness Committee, would like additional information, or would like to volunteer,  please contact Jujuana Howard at

Flagler College 

Mock Interview program - Spring and Fall Semester

  • Career Fair Participation
  • Mock Interviews
  • Internships
  • Student Workshops

For more information:

Debbie Wernke

Florida State University


Employer Requirements

These are the requirements of employers who want to hire College of Business interns:

  • An environment of mentoring and supervision that provides feedback and encouragement on performance.
  • A clearly defined, hands-on experience that is relevant to the student's academic program and career goals.
  • Provide the Director of Internships and Career Services with a copy of the job description.
  • Complete a final evaluation of the intern's performance (if the intern is receiving academic credit).

Internship Benefits for Employers

  • Cost effective way to recruit and evaluate/assess potential permanent employees
  • Short-term work force without a long-term commitment (seasonal and special project staffing)
  • Permanent staff freed up for more important and creative assignments
  • Management experience for supervisors/mentors who direct the intern's work activities
  • Opportunity to evaluate (6-12 week job interview) student job candidates before offering permanent employment
  • Best source of new permanent employees
  • Higher retention rates for employees with company internship experience
  • Source of new ideas and fresh approach to problem solving, critical thinking, communications, etc.
  • Highly enthusiastic, capable, motivated, and low-cost employees
  • On-campus student (public relations) ambassadors for your company
  • Company name recognition and visibility increased on-campus

Bringing an intern into your organization can be a very rewarding experience and many companies are beginning to recognize the value of adding an intern program to their human resources pool. At Florida State University's College of Business, we have hundreds of talented and energetic young professionals eager for an opportunity to learn in the real world classroom.

In today's economy, a conservative approach to finding quality employees can mean hiring an intern. Employers, just like your company, are finding that interns are a great way to train entry level employees without the associated costs of recruitment and long-term commitment. Interns are a great way to determine if someone is a good fit for your company with no risk. 

Click here for more information. 

Tallahassee Community College

Big Bend SHRM has partnered with Tallahassee Community College for their Internship Program. These internships are at NO COST to participating companies. The students are seeking opportunities to gain experience in their field of study, determine and interest in a career path and earn credits towards graduation.

TCC interns work in a temporary position with an emphasis on education and experience versus employment. Interns range in age from young adults to adults who may be seeking new career skills. Often, internships pave the way to employment opportunities including part-time and full-time paid positions.

The TCC Internship Program works with students in many different areas of study. Before securing an internship, students are screened before sending them out into the field. The process begins with an overview about the program and its expectations followed by a resume review. Candidates’ resumes will then be provided to your company should he or she meet all or the majority of the minimum qualifications you request. As an employer, you have the right to invite (or not) a candidate to a formal interview. Should an interview be scheduled and successful, you and the intern will negotiate a start date and work schedule. As part of the TCC Internship Program, students must complete the following:

  • At least 150 work hours (internships typically last 13 weeks)
  • A corresponding, three-hour internship course that includes the State of Florida’s approved WorkKeys Skills, enabling them to earn Florida’s Ready to Work credential
  • A written journal of their work experience, assigned duties and completed projects
  • At least two employer-submitted progress reports reviewing the intern’s work performance

While many TCC students are either beginning or returning to their education and career paths, they are eager to learn and obtain real-world experience.

If you would like to host a TCC intern for a semester, please take a moment to complete the internship request form and return it to TCC at internships@tcc.fl.eduYou can also see more details at

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.

Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, 137 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional five million students served by operations in 123 other countries worldwide.

In Tallahassee Area the Junior Achievement Programs are coordinated by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. The classes offered throughout the High Schools in Leon County are: Financial Planning, Titan, Success Skills, and JA Company. There is a brief synopsis of the courses on the JA website at

This is an excellent opportunity to connect with the upcoming workforce and prepare them for the world of work. Success Skills focuses on interviewing, resume writing, presenting yourself in the best way possible, dressing for success and gaining and developing skills that are crucial for success in the work place.

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