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.

​HOT JOBS!
​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.


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How to take advantage of RTWNJ in 2018 – Part Four

Another benefits being made available to you through the Ready to Work New Jersey grant is a formal assessment tool. By completing the assessment, you will be able to better determine your strengths as it relates to the job search process and have the opportunity to work through training where there are weaknesses.

 ETS WorkFORCE® Program for Career Development
To succeed in the workforce, you need more than academic knowledge and technical skills—you also need strong interpersonal, professional, and self-management skills. RTWNJ is happy to offer the ETS WorkFORCE® Program for Career Development to all participants to help develop these key work readiness skills.

The WorkFORCE® Program for Career Development begins with a computer-based assessment that will provide a detailed report on your strengths and areas for improvement in six areas related to workforce success: Initiative and Perseverance, Responsibility, Flexibility and Resilience, Teamwork and Citizenship, Customer Service Orientation, and Problem Solving and Ingenuity. After you complete the assessment you will have access to an interactive online Training Program, which uses videos, scenarios, and mock job interviews to help you practice these skills. You can work through the Training Program at your own pace, and will receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the Training Program. Developing these skills and behaviors can give you the edge you need in today’s competitive workforce!

ETS is a global leader who develops, administers and scores more than 50 million assessment tests annually in more than 180 countries, at more than 9,000 locations worldwide. In addition to assessments, they conduct educational research, analysis and policy studies and develop a variety of customized services and products for teacher certification, English language learning and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

As a candidate in the RTWNJ program you are eligible to utilize this service. New candidates as of 12/2017 and forward will automatically receive an invitation to participate. Those who have been involved in the program before December 2017 and would like to participate, should click here. ETS will send you the link directly.


Career assessment tools can help you figure out your next move
Dissatisfied with Your Career, But Not Sure What to Do Next? Many of us have vague ideas about changing careers but aren’t exactly sure what it is we want to do. If you are in a quandary about what to next, you may want to consider taking a career assessment.

Career assessments are tools that are designed to help individuals understand how a variety of personal… Read More. 


​Top Tips on How to Ace a Behavioral Test on an Interview 
The hiring process has become more and more competitive with each passing year. There is an increasing number of steps involved in getting your dream job. Gone are the days of a simple job interview. Today, a widespread practice among used by employers is using personality or other behavioral tests as a screening tool. Personality tests help employers find the most suitable employee for an open position. Employers want to see how you work in a team, how you might react in certain situations, and if you fit in with the company’s corporate culture.

Here is an inside tip: employers assume you don’t know anything about behavioral tests during interviews. They believe that you will come into the interview unaware and answer the test questions instinctively.   Read More.


​HOT JOBS!
​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.

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​How to take advantage of RTWNJ in 2018 – Part Three

Now that you’ve attended a 2 Day Job Readiness Workshop and have sharpened your resume & cover letter, it’s time to clarify what you are going to need to find a new career. Next step, our Employment Development Plan (EDP). We liken the EDP process to a road map or better yet a GPS (global positioning system) for career planning.

Imagine that you’re on a road trip. You are leaving New Jersey and heading to Abingdon, Virginia for a weekend of peace and quiet. Since you are without a map or GPS, you just start driving south. Instead of ending up in southwestern Virginia, you are now located in Cape May. Maybe your plan was going to the beach, but you catch my drift.

Getting focused on an employment plan will really help you narrow what you want to do and how you want to get there. What types of industries are you interested in? Do you need training? If so, what kind of training? Are there jobs in this industry? Where are they?
Really put some thought into your EDP. It is designed to center your job search activities. If you’ve already completed one, but just filled it in to get it done, you may want to do another. Actually, think about it. Don’t use this as a segue to the “next” step.

You will find the link for the EDP here. If you need help, please reach out to your program coordinator for direction.


Next Time You’re Making a Career Move, Try Design Thinking
If you’re thinking through your next career move, you’re probably scouring articles with tons of advice on how to figure out and land your next position. These resources are often filled with suggestions like networking, updating your resume, and reconnecting with former colleagues.

But here’s the thing: While most of us know what we should or could be doing to make the transition happen… Read More

Tired Of Your Industry? How To Make The Leap To A New Career
You’ve come to the realization you’re miserable in your job, and you know it’s time to move on, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out your next step. You want to make the right choice, but how do you know if it’s the job itself or if you need to do a career overhaul and change industries? Figuring out the difference is the tricky part but once you get over that hurdle, you can explore the numerous possibilities and opportunities.

Signs It’s Time to Find a New Destiny

Do you feel like tossing the alarm clock across the room when it goes off in the morning? Dreading the thought of facing another day at work as you drag yourself out of bed? These are just two indicators it’s probably time to make a change. However, these signs could point to your job or your industry. Read More.


​HOT JOBS!
​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.

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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. ​​​


​HOT JOBS!
​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.

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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. ​​​

​HOT JOBS!
​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.

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Your Attitude Could Be the Secret to Your Success, Researchers Say
You’ve probably heard that success the product of talent, knowledge, intelligence, perseverance, or innovation. You may have even heard that the secret to success is a positive attitude. But what does that mean?

Simply believing that you’re destined for success may not be enough to make you successful, but what can help, according to researchers at Stanford University, is having a growth mindset. When you have a growth mindset, you believe that you’re capable of improving yourself and your surroundings with enough effort. You tend to interpret failures and setbacks as learning experiences, rather than indictments. And if you don’t think that sounds like you, don’t worry — there are steps you can take to change your mindset and empower yourself for success. Read More. ​​​


Seven Things You Must Do On LinkedIn At The End Of Each Year​
Once a year, there is some maintenance you should do on LinkedIn to make sure things are up-to-date. I suggest doing this every December so you start the new year fresh, with an updated profile and networking strategy. Here are the 7 most important actions to take:

1. Update your photo.
Changing your headshot annually is a good habit to get into.  Read More. 

Why Employers Don’t Always Respond After Job Interviews
You had a great interview for a job you really want. Your answers were spot-on, your interview test went well…but you haven’t heard back from your future boss-to-be. As frustrating as it might be, this happens quite often.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, a staggering 75% of people said they didn’t hear back from a position they had applied for in the past year. The eight reasons below might help explain why employers don’t respond after job interviews.

Why Employers Don’t Respond After Job Interviews

They’re too busy.

A potential employer might be trying to not only fill the position you applied for, but several others as well…simultaneously. 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:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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.


​HOT JOBS!
​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. ​

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Want a Professional Reference? How to Ask and What to Expect
“References available upon request” may seem a bit cliche to include in your cover letter or resume, but professional references are still an incredibly important part of the hiring process. Prospective employers may like what they see about an applicant on paper, but they need to be sure of their potential, so they’ll often call up references to ask about the candidate’s job performance and work ethic.

Before you submit your next job application, it’s crucial to line up your professional references in case a prospective employer asks for them. But whom should you ask, and how should you go about asking? Career and hiring experts shared their advice for getting a great professional recommendation. Read More. ​​​


15 Ways Your Body Language Is Killing Your Business Etiquette
Etiquette’s not just fodder for fusty advice columns. Despite the increasing casualization of work — in the sense of both increasingly gig-based work and Mark Zuckerberg’s t-shirts — bad business etiquette can still blow a deal if you’re not careful.

That said, maintaining proper etiquette is not always easy. Instead, we have to pay attention and pick up clues… Read More. 

​How To Answer Ten Common Interview Questions – With Confidence
The specific words you choose to answer the question aren’t important. What’s important is your mindset.

What’s the most healthy, appropriate and effective mindset for any job interview? It’s this: the mindset that you’re happy to be in the interview conversation but you aren’t desperate to get the job.

You are confident, instead — confident that if this is the right job for you, you will know it and the interviewer will know it, too.

You have no one to please or impress at a job interview. They are checking you out, and you are checking them out too! If they don’t like your brand of jazz, they can hire someone else. You don’t have to contort yourself into pretzel shapes to try to make them like you. Read More. ​​​


​HOT JOBS!
​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.

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