Weekly Job Byte

How to take advantage of RTWNJ in 2017 – Part Two

Albert Einstein is credited with saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” With this being said, why are so many people insistent on using the same job searching techniques over and over again without success? If you’ve sent out the same resume 100 or even 1,000 times and haven’t received an interview, don’t you think it’s time to try something else?

This is where the Ready To Work NJ program steps in to help! Our professionally created 2 Day Job Readiness Workshops provide you with a means to make a significant change in your job search routine. Created by professionals who have walked in your shoes and taught by like-minded instructors, these programs can help you make the sometimes subtle changes that can move you towards the job winning interview.

In the workshops you will learn how to:

  1. Write and improve your cover letter and resume to catch hiring manager’s interest.
  2. Tips and techniques for interviewing once you get your foot in the door.
  3. How to improve your networking and social media presence.
If you think you won’t benefit from this workshop, think again. The job market has changed considerably in the last 5-10 years and it’s no longer business as usual to get a job. Think about this – you have less that 10 seconds to have your resume make an impression. If it even gets reviewed by a human. Don’t you want it to be the best it can be?

Workshops are scheduled at a variety of community colleges each month. This is the first step in the Ready to Work NJ program and is a prerequisite to requesting training. Please view the schedule below.

Job Hunters: How to Beat Applicant Tracking Systems
Ninety percent of companies use automated applicant tracking systems (or ATS) — resumé-scanning robots — for hiring. The problem for job seekers is that nearly three-fourths of resumés submitted to ATS are immediately thrown out by employers due to simple formatting errors.

But applicant tracking systems don’t have to mean automatic rejection. In fact, they can actually work in the job seeker’s favor. Read More

Focusing on What Makes Your Resume Stand Out
When writing your resume, the last thing you want is for it to blend in with every other job seeker’s out there. Relying on templated formats and canned language can make it do just that. Plugging your name into a generic resume that makes you look like a jack-of-all-trades but master of none can kill your job search. Instead, you want to focus on incorporating information that makes you stand out from the competition and demonstrates why you’re a great fit for the position. But what kind of information is that?

Your Accomplishments

What you have achieved throughout your work history is unique unto you. No one else has exactly the same track record or successes. Use available metrics to your advantage for more concrete examples of the impact you have made. 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:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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.