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Finding Employment upon your Fort Myers Move

If you're moving to Fort Myers / SW Florida and you haven't won a recent mega powerball lottery, there's a good chance you're still working and will need to locate a new job upon your arrival. The Fort Myers economy has been very strong in recent years with a low 3% unemployment rate. The sectors which drive the Fort Myers economy are tourism & hospitality, healthcare, real estate and professional services. Our downtown and river districts are booming with new construction and large cranes just about everywhere you look. For your convenience, I've listed the largest Lee County and Collier County employers below as well as our top and best rated employers by industry. Also, be sure to check out the local Suncoast Jobs employment site as they have lots of Ft Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and Naples area jobs and local employment information.
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Locating a Job as a non-Florida Resident

As a Realtor, my relocating clients often ask about the best strategy to land a job in Fort Myers while still living residing outside of our state. Do Fort Myers employers give preference to the local candidates? Should I purchase a home and move to the area first? Should I find my job before moving to Fort Myers? These are all common questions I am frequently asked. My best response is to be honest with local employers and to be upfront, letting them know that you are in the relocation process and that you'll be in town to interview in person on specific days, as well as available for phone and/or skype interviews while you’re still living outside of Florida. Let potential employers know your planned move date as they most often have a start date associated for a given position. If you’re a qualified candidate and have the desired skills they’re seeking, they will work with you to make it happen!

Lee County - Largest Employers

#
Employer Name
Employees
Industry
1.
11,800
Medical / Healthcare
2.
10,600
Public Education
3.
3,500
City Government
4.
3.071
Grocery Store
5.
1,967
Retail
6.
1,600
Retail
7.
1,585
Public Safety, Sheriff
8.
1,409
City Government
9.
1,253
State University
10.
1,202
Life Care Facility
11.
1,040
Retail
12.
994
Telecommunications
13.
880
Healthcare
14.
879
City Government
15.
749
Postal Service
16.
627
Healthcare
17.
626
Building Materials
18.
500
Banking / Financial
19.
446
Communications

Source: Lee County Economic Development Alliance, 2016

Map of Lee County

Population: 739,224 people  (2017 Data)

Collier County - Largest Employers

#
Employer Name
Employees
Industry
1.
7,041
Education
2.
4,000
Medical / Healthcare
3.
2,021
Grocery Store
4.
1,100
Hospitality
5.
1,100
Agriculture
6.
1,056
Medical/Healthcare
7.
1,029
Public Safety
8.
994
Telecommunications
9.
880
Healthcare
10.
879
City Government
11.
700
Hospitality
12.
700
Hospitality
13.
594
Retail
14.
550
Retirement Community
15.
480
City Government

Source: Collier County Government, 2016

Map of Collier County

Population: 372,880 people  (2017 Data)