FRLA launches website to help fill Florida’s hospitality jobs

Posted 6/14/21

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced a new easy-to-use website for employers and job seekers to post and find jobs

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FRLA launches website to help fill Florida’s hospitality jobs

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TALLAHASSEE — On Monday, June 14, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced GreatFloridaJob.com, a new easy-to-use website for employers and job seekers to post and find jobs across all levels of Florida’s hospitality industry.

“As the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues and visitor numbers continue to increase, FRLA is supporting the efforts of our industry members in hiring the best talent to join their teams,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA). “Florida’s hospitality industry provides exciting, challenging, and fun employment options with great opportunity for advancement and the establishment of a long-term career path, and we encourage all job seekers to consider returning to or joining Florida’s premier industry – hospitality.”

“The Great Florida Job campaign is another example of FRLA being in touch with the realities of the industry it represents and stepping up to create a substantive, timely solution,’ said Lisa E. Lombardo, Chief People and Culture Officer for HDG Hotels. “HDG is seeing results from participating in the Great Florida Jobs campaign. The online site for job postings is being promoted throughout the state and to diverse audiences, with all levels of experience. From job seekers’ livelihoods to the guest experience, what a great way to positively impact Florida’s tremendous, but still recovering, hospitality industry.”

According to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Florida has more than 460,000 jobs available, including tens of thousands from entry level to managerial in Florida’s hospitality industry.

Florida’s hospitality industry was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries shut down internationally, more than 934,000 of Florida’s 1.5 million hospitality employees were furloughed or laid off. As Governor DeSantis led the nation to re-open Florida and jumpstart our economic recovery, Florida’s hotels and restaurants are rebounding but still facing historic labor shortages.

To assist the industry in getting back to pre-COVID service and staffing levels and maintain Florida’s status as the number one international tourism destination, FRLA has advocated for policies that will support industry recovery, hosted job fairs, and created a task force to help identify solutions. Visit GreatFloridaJob.com today to get started. The resource is free to job seekers and FRLA members. Nonmembers can post job vacancies for a nominal fee of $50.

About FRLA: The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Founded in 1946 as the Florida Restaurant Association, FRLA merged with the Florida Hotel and Motel Association in 2006. FRLA’s more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks and suppliers. The association’s mission is to protect, educate and promote Florida’s nearly $112 billion hospitality industry which represents 1.5 million employees. Dedicated to safeguarding the needs of the membership, FRLA provides legislative advocacy to ensure the voices of its members are heard and their interests are protected. The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through SafeStaff® and FRLA’s subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation provides industry-developed, career-building high school programs throughout the state.

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