Central Florida businessman creates job board for displaced Puerto Ricans

By Paula Machado, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, December 04, 2017, 8:55 PM EST

A Central Florida businessman is trying to connect displaced Puerto Ricans with companies who are currently hiring.

  • Latino Jobs Online helps displaced Puerto Ricans find jobs
  • Central Florida businessman wanted to help evacuees
  • Website can be viewed in Spanish

“They’re experienced, they’re educated and they were working in Puerto Rico until the storm hit. They just don’t have a job right now,” said Robert Newland, founder of job board Latino Jobs Online, who is also originally from Puerto Rico.

From his office in Lake Mary, Newland thought about how he could help those arriving from the island.

“We have low unemployment, they’re looking for jobs. Can we put together a job board that is bilingual?” he thought.

The answer to his questions turned out to be the creation of the online job board, Latino Jobs Online.

“We’re getting jobs from Tampa, from Ft. Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Clearwater, Jacksonville … that is good!” Newland said.

There are job openings in other states too.

Now he needs candidates to apply for these openings online. That’s become a bit of a digital change for those who come from Puerto Rico.

“If you’re coming from, I don’t know, a town called Barceloneta, you know the companies in the town of Barceloneta, and you go there to ask for jobs. You don’t go online,” he explained.

He said there’s a bit of a learning curve, and his staff is ready to explain and educate those arriving about the job board. He also made sure Latino Jobs Online was made bilingual.

“If you toggle the website into Spanish, then you can do your searches in Spanish and all the information is also going to be in Spanish.”

Newland said the response from companies wanting to collaborate has been great so far.

“… We’re becoming fast, the needs job board for the Puerto Rican evacuees, and I think that drives interest of employers to be involved with us.”
 
Companies do have to pay to have their job posted on LatinoJobsOnline, but as it states on the website, any excess money after covering expenses is being donated to hurricane relief funds.