Weekly Job Byte

How to take advantage of RTWNJ – Part One

For those of you new to the RTWNJ program – Welcome! You’ve joined a highly successful program that is primarily funded through the U.S. Department of Labor with additional support from NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Are you ready follow 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 7,000 candidates specifically for those individuals with this knowledge. Only a handful 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.

List of the Best Skills for Resumes

What skills should you include on your resume? Which skill set will help you get hired? As well as providing a history of your experience, your resume is the perfect place to highlight your strengths and abilities.

How to Include Skills on a Resume

For every role you apply to, tailor the skills section of your resume so that the information included matches the skills mentioned in the job description. 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. ​

Three Tips to Slam Dunk Keyword Optimization on LinkedIn
One of the main reasons to invest time in developing a LinkedIn profile is to be found by the right people, either recruiters and hiring managers (for job seekers) or potential clients (for business owners). The primary variable in being found is keyword optimization.People often ask me to define keyword optimization because it’s a term that sometimes gets batted around without context. Keyword optimization is the strategic placement on your profile of terms that people will likely enter into LinkedIn’s search box to find candidates or businesses, and it takes into account the algorithm that LinkedIn uses to rank profiles in search results.

LinkedIn’s algorithm is mysterious, but we can make some solid guesses about what matters in elevating your presence on search results, including three primary qualities. Read More.

​Step 1 in the Ready To Work NJ Program – Job Readiness Workshops!

​​Improve your chances of getting a new job and complete the first step after registering (and being accepted) 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:​​​​​​​​​

  • Essex CC – June 6 & 8 – Contact Monica Rock
  • Camden CC – June 7 & 8 – Contact Dan Lim
  • County College of Morris – June 8 & 15 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Gloucester CC – June 12 & 13 – Contact Joe Pranzatelli
  • Raritan Valley CC – June 13 & 20 – Contact Jaci Teune

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.