Experts say thousands of jobs available in Central Florida

Health care, retail, theme parks hiring now

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Hiring surged in November as employers added 321,000 jobs, crowning 2014 as the strongest year for job growth since 1999. The unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8 percent, down from 7 percent this time last year.

ORLANDO, Fla. - New numbers show the unemployment rate in Central Florida is 8.4 percent, which is higher than the national average.

But even with almost 100,000 people out of work in Central Florida, experts say certain industries are looking to hire now.

Pamela Naybors with Workforce Central Florida says if you know where to look you might get over your frustration.

As we head into the holidays, Naybors says the most job openings are in health care and in technical fields, like computer sciences and digital media.

Then there are the seasonal jobs in hospitality and tourism like customer service representatives and restaurant workers.

With holiday shopping almost in full swing, retailers are looking for extra help.

"Even though the positions are seasonal, it really allows someone to get a few months of experience, actual work on their resume, and that's always a good motivator to put something on your resume, and also talk about with the next potential employer," said Naybors.

One of the best places to find work, says is at Central Florida's biggest draw--the theme parks.

Local 6 reached out to several of them and found Disney has more than a thousand job openings, heading into the holidays looking to fill positions for everything from attractions, to security guards, to bus drivers.

SeaWorld says it needs to hire about 200 people for seasonal jobs.

And Universal Orlando is looking to fill 800 spots through the new year, including positions for the Macy's holiday parade.

The other big need is for registered nurses, which has been voiced for years. But local experts say, it's a more competitive field than you think and even if you have a degree that doesn't mean you have enough experience.

"Whereas a few years ago a newly graduated RN would be able to work in the exact unit she wanted to work on, the exact hospital, the area of the city, lot of choices, that's no longer the case, said Mary Lou Brunell, Director of the Florida Center for Nursing in Orlando.

Brunell says, times have changed and newly graduated registered nurses might not be able to get jobs right away in hospitals or clinics.

She says that's why you should look for openings throughout the health field.

"Home health agencies, hospices, skilled nursing facilities, all hire new graduates.  Look for those other unique opportunities that are new and don't be dependent upon what was tried and true in the past," said Brunell.

No matter what job you apply for, chances are, there are going to be dozens of applicants.

But there is a way to stand out from the rest of the pack.

"What you really want to do is figure out how to target yourself as much as possible.  As I see people target themselves, they're the people that stand out in that big group of online resumes when a manager sorts through them, said Brunell.

That means tailoring your resume to each job you apply for and re-working it every time to show how your skills would be a perfect fit for that job.

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