Weekly Job Byte

Midlife Career Change: How to Make a Smooth Transition

Thinking about making a career change, even though you’re over 45? You’re not alone. Though younger workers have a reputation for job hopping, research from the American Institute for Economic Research shows that workers in the middle of their careers frequently change jobs as well.

Why workers make a midlife career change

Many workers choose to make midlife career changes in order to do something more meaningful or rewarding with their time.

“People want to be significant and make a difference in this world,” said Dean Niewolny, president and CEO of the Halftime Institute, an adult educational program. “They want a job, but they really do care about leaving a legacy. They’re saying, ‘There has to be more to life than sitting in this office every day and hoping I get the next raise or promotion.'” Read More.

Find a New Job That Fits Your Skills
Mail carriers could be good fits working as brickmasons. Printing press operators could find success as farm or ranch managers. And secretaries could be particularly suited for careers as convention planners.

These are a few surprising finds from new research that attempts to answer a key question: Which jobs and careers are the best matches for your skills and experience? Each year, thousands of workers are forced to grapple with this query… Read More. 

​Musings of an Ancient Job Seeker: Leadership and Training Needs

In my younger days, on a marketability Likert scale (10 being “Makes the Cut” to “We’re Looking in a Different Direction”), I was a solid 8. But the “different direction” response, which I have heard more than once, really rankles my constitution. Now that I have hobbled into my 60s (and apparently descending to a solid 1 on the Likert scale), I endeavored to find incontrovertible evidence to test a hypothesis: age discrimination is alive and well, regardless of EEOC guidelines and much hype from employers. This hypothesis arose from a calculation of an informal personal value ratio: marketability = number of applications per year (countless): invitations to interview (count on one hand): offers (zero). 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.