Job Seekers

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Are you…

  • Unemployed for 6 or more months and ready to work?
  • An unemployed military veteran for 6 or more months?
  • Underemployed for 6 or more months?
For people already working with our team.

If you answer “yes” to one or more of those questions , you may be eligible to participate in Ready to Work New Jersey.

We Can Help You Find Full-Time Work

Ready to Work NJ Provides Coaching, Training and Job Placement Services for the Long-Term Unemployed, Military Veterans, or  Underemployed.

This program can provide you with free coaching and on-the-job skills training leading to a permanent, full-time job with a participating employer. You will be paid while in training.

It is anticipated that successful job candidates will get middle level jobs  or begin a new one with a career pathway.

This program also trains incumbent employees for promotions or new work with their current employer, creating new openings for the unemployed.

Eligibility Criteria for the Long-Term Unemployed

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Be a legal New Jersey resident
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma/GED or higher
  • Have been unemployed or underemployed for six months or longer
  • Have experience and/or skills applicable in current job market or interest to begin a new career
  • Have official proof of unemployment or underemployment status

Preference will be given to military veterans.

Why Should I Register for this Program?

If you wish to be considered for this program, you must complete our online registration form.

By completing the form, you will give us the precise information we need to determine if you qualify.

The information you provide also will help us determine if you are a good fit for a job that is already open with a suitable employer.

If I Do Qualify, What Happens Next?

If you qualify and are accepted as a program candidate, you will be interviewed by a Ready to Work career counselor, who will ask you questions on a variety of topics. The counselor will assess your experiences, skills and qualifications. (Some candidates also will be assessed for their employability or soft skills.)

Based on this information, we will develop an Individual Employability Plan to move you through the coaching, training and re-employment process.

The main goal of the program is to give you on-the-job training with a participating employer, leading to permanent, full-time employment—and to do this as quickly as possible.

Outside training will be provided by one of our education partners, which include four year colleges/universities and the state’s 19 community colleges.

Will I Be Paid During Training?

You will be paid by the participating employer for any on-the-job training you receive. Hiring employers will be reimbursed for 50-90% of your wage or salary costs during the training period.

Any outside or specialty training by our education partners will occur at no cost to you prior to your on-the-job training or employment. You will not be paid until an employer hires you.

Some job candidates may also be eligible for financial assistance to pay for needs-related items such as transportation, child or dependent care, housing and relocation to complete training or take up a job.

Additional Benefits during Training (ABT)

Candidates enrolled in full-time training programs may qualify for an extension to a previous or existing NJ Unemployment Claim.  The extension provides benefits while in training for up to 6 full months or until graduation (whichever comes first)

How RTWNJ Works for Incumbent Employees

Ready to Work New Jersey works differently for individuals who are currently employed but would like to learn new skills so they can be promoted within their organization thus creating an opening for their current position.

If you are an incumbent employee, this program can help you engage with your employer in training and new activities leading to your advancement. Incumbent employees will be recruited for this program primarily through participating employers.

You will be paid by your employer at your customary wages while in training. Any additional outside training required will be provided at no cost to you.

If you wish to be considered for this program, please have your employer contact us.

Personally Identifiable  Information (PII) Policy

The program collects information from individuals and follows these guidelines: Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Policy.

Equal Opportunity Complaints

Anyone may file a complaint with the Civil Rights Center (CRC) as described below:

An initial complaint filed directly with CRC must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. CRC may extend the filing time for good cause. Complainants are encouraged to file by completing CRC’s Complaint Information Form (CIF) and Privacy Act Consent Form, which are available at the link below:

If the CIF and Privacy Act Consent Form are not submitted initially, CRC will send them to the complainant to be completed, signed, and returned. CRC will not process a complaint without these forms.

Complaints and Privacy Act Consent Forms may be submitted to CRC in the following ways:

  • Sent by postal mail to:
    Civil Rights Center
    ATTENTION: Office of External Enforcement
    S. Department of Labor
    200 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Room N-4123
    Washington, DC 20210
  • Faxed to (202) 693-6505, ATTENTION: Office of External Enforcement (limit of 15 pages)
  • Emailed to

The complainant has the right to be represented in the complaint process by an attorney or other representative. Written notice from the complainant must be provided to CRC, identifying the representative.

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