Weekly Job Byte Newsletter

How to take advantage of RTWNJ – Part One

Let’s start 2017 off by heading in a new direction. How about following a process that has been proven to work? As we’ve mentioned numerous times in this newsletter, you need to have a map and a compass to get from unemployed to hired.

Many of our candidates uploaded their resumes as well as other required documents and have done nothing else with the system. They haven’t filled out the skills section with their special talents, certifications or competencies. Our daily email job postings come from Indeed.com and are matched against what terms you put into this area. If you’re not receiving good postings, you need to look at what you’ve put in this section.

Another reason to make sure you have a robust skills section is that our program coordinators receive requests from employers for open positions. They then search our database for RTWNJ candidates who possess the skills the employer requires. For example, an employer is seeking individuals with advanced JavaScript experience. We searched our database of over 3,000 candidates specifically for those individuals with this knowledge. Only a handfull of candidates were discovered. If you have advanced JavaScript knowledge but don’t have it listed, you would miss out on this opportunity.

Please take a few moments and improve your probability of being hired by reviewing and improving your candidate skills section. Log into our system here.

How To Become The ‘Must Hire’ Candidate
When you are being interviewed for a job, remember that nobody cares about you. All they care about is what you can do for them. No matter how any question is phrased, it’s always about how your strengths, motivation and fit can help solve their problems. If you can’t convince interviewers you can solve their problems, they won’t hire you. If you convince them you can solve their stated problems, they could hire you. If you convince them you can solve their most important, hidden, underlying problems, they must hire you.  Read More.

In order to apply, you will need to complete the form and upload your cover letter & resume. If you have any questions, the program coordinator’s email is listed in the form. In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be qualified & enrolled in the Ready to Work NJ Program.

Click HERE to view our listings. Please note that you will have to zoom in on the document to read the position information. Please note we keep job listings for 1 month.

The Best Way to Deal with the Issues

We all have them: Things which we wish we had not done. Things we hope the interviewer does not know about. Things we pray our references will not mention.

The good news is that ninety-nine times out of a hundred, interviewers don’t know and if they did know they would not care. Human beings have the bad habit of magnifying their problems out of all proportion. Other people’s problems are simple; ours are monumental. It’s the old joke, “If you break your leg it’s a pity; if I break mine it’s a catastrophe!” (I said it was “old;” I didn’t say it was “funny!”)

This is a serious issue. Not because coming up with a reasonable explanation is difficult. It’s not. The problem is obsession. We obsess over it. Instead of practicing the answers to questions that may actually be asked, or, more importantly, practicing the questions we are going to ask, we obsess over the “what if”s which, as noted, probably won’t happen. Read More

2 Day Job Readiness Workshops Filling Up FAST!

Improve your chances of getting a new job by taking advantage of the Ready To Work NJ 2 Day Workshop! These 2 day workshops help with resume & cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking & social media tips.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled at:

  • Gloucester CC – Jan. 9 & 10 – Contact Dan Lim
  • Bergen CC – Jan. 12 & 13 – Contact Monica Rock
  • County College of Morris – Jan. 12 & 19 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Ocean CC – Jan. 20 & 21 – Contact John Radvany

Candidates may also receive a phone call from the participating Colleges. Note: if email link doesn’t work, please use the first initial last name @ njworkforce.org to send an email.