Weekly Job Byte

How to make RTWNJ work for YOU – Part One
Let’s start 2018 off by getting the most you can out of the Ready to Work NJ program. The start of a new year is the perfect time to make the changes you need to go from unemployed to employed. Let’s start at the beginning.

You found the RTWNJ program – either through a referral, an email or just by Googling. While at our website, you decided to enroll in the program. One of the last things you did before you submitted your application was list your skills. What? You didn’t list any skills?

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 cloud computing experience. We searched our database of over 6,800 candidates specifically for those individuals with this knowledge. Only a handful of candidates were discovered. If you have advanced cloud computing 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.

A Hiring Manager’s Inside Look @ Keywords
This article is written for hiring managers & human resource professionals but provides applicants with an inside look.

​What are keywords? Keywords are the words or terms that candidates use when they are searching for a job. By typing in specific keywords about a role, skill or industry, candidates automatically narrow down their job search and relevant matches are displayed.  Read More. 

​How to Highlight Job Skills on a Resume
Your resume is not about you. Sure, it has your name at the top and it traces your career progression. But to serve its true purpose – securing you a great job – it can’t be a mere autobiography.

Instead, experts say, your resume should be a mirror, one designed to reflect the ideal candidate for the open position you seek.

What hiring managers are looking for is evidence that applicants’ skills will help meet the company’s goals. So when considering what to include on a resume, don’t just list a summary of qualifications like job titles, dates and duties.
“A resume needs to clearly convey what you can do for employers,” says Katherine Akbar, president of Your Edge for Success, a writing and career services company based in the District of Columbia. 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. ​

​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:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Burlington – Jan. 15 & 16 – Contact Joe Pranzatelli
  • Ocean CC – Jan. 19 & 20 – Contact John Radvany
  • Union CC – Jan. 23 & 24 – Contact John Radvany
  • Middlesex CC – Jan. 24 & 25 – Contact John Radvany
  • Passaic CC – Jan. 29 & 31 – 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.