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Finding the Right Career
Choosing or Changing Jobs and Finding Satisfaction at Work
Whether you’re just leaving school, finding opportunities limited in your current position or, like many in this economy, facing unemployment, it may be time to consider your career path. By learning how to research options, realize your strengths, and acquire new skills, as well as muster the courage to make a change, you can discover the career that’s right for you. Even if you’re trapped in a position you don’t love, with no realistic opportunity for change, there are still ways to find more joy and satisfaction in what you do.

Why is finding meaningful work important?

Since so much of our time is spent either at work, traveling to and from work, or thinking about work, it inevitably plays a huge role in our lives. If you feel bored or unsatisfied with what you do for large parts of the day, it can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. You may feel burned out and frustrated, anxious, depressed, or unable to enjoy time at home knowing that another workday lays ahead. Read More.


How to Make a Successful Career Change

Making a career change usually means investing both your time and money. As with any investment, it’s important to be informed before you make it. Before you make a career change, here are steps you can take to increase your chances of success.

1. Decide if you NEED a career change. Before you begin thinking about making a career change you have to decide whether you actually need one. You may just need to find a new job, not an easy task, but certainly simpler than an entire career makeover.  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.


Quiz: Are You Ready for a Career Change?
Deciding when to make a career change is one of the most difficult decisions a professional is faced with in their career. If only there was some sort of formula that would guide us toward making the right decision for our future.

With the help of business and workplace expert Alexandra Levit, we have come up with a list of questions to help you determine whether or not it’s time for you to make a career changeRead More.


2 Day Job Readiness Workshops Filling Up FAST!

Improve your chances of getting a new job 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:

  • Gloucester CC – Feb. 27 & 28 – Contact Dan Lim
  • Bergen CC – March 2 & 3 – Contact Monica Rock
  • County College of Morris – March 2 & 9 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Essex CC – March 8 & 10 – Contact Monica Rock

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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Know what to expect: 2017 Employment Screening Trends
Human resource professionals conducting pre-employment background checks in 2017 will have to adapt to the growth of the ban-the-box movement and the gig workforce. They’ll also need to take care when screening candidates’ social media or using aggregate data to make hiring decisions. Plus, the Trump administration could introduce new laws, regulations and guidance that govern employers’ use of background checks.

“There is no doubt that any election and new administration creates uncertainty over what rules or laws will be created or repealed and how they will be enforced by our government and our courts,” said Clare Hart, CEO of Sterling Talent Solutions, a global background screening and onboarding firm headquartered in New York City. Read More.


Job Application & Resume Differences

Career Breakthrough Tip #7 shares the differences between a job application and resume. One is a legal document, the other is your marketing profile. Avoid assuming they are the same. In the eye’s of the employer or interviewer they are very different.

If you fill out your application out improperly, there may be some serious con-sequences. In this video, Lynn Dessert, Executive Career Coach, explains the differences between the job application and resume. 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.


Illegal Interview Questions You Shouldn’t have to Answer
Questions, questions, and more questions. Your interviewer fires them at you, one straight after the other.

Yes, when you’re in a job interview, it’s all too easy to feel like you’re seated at a cold metal table in a dark room, while the hiring manager shines a flashlight in your eyes and asks all sorts of pressing questions that make the sweat tickle on your forehead.

You’re asked about your strengths, your weaknesses, the last time you solved a problem, when you overcame a difficult challenge, and how well you work on a team. It feels like nothing is off limits. Read More


2 Day Job Readiness Workshops Filling Up FAST!

Improve your chances of getting a new job 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:

  • Raritan Valley CC – Feb. 21 & 28 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Union CC – Feb. 21 & 22 – Contact John Radvany
  • Warren CC – Feb. 21 & 22 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Gloucester CC – Feb. 27 & 28 – Contact Dan Lim

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 Six


By all appearances you’ve taken advantage of everything the Ready To Work NJ program has to offer but your still not back to work. What the heck is going on??? In this, the final part of how to take advantage of the RTWNJ program, we’re going to highlight some of the things we’ve seen that are contributing to a lack of employment.

  1. You’ve attended a 2 Day Job Readiness workshop but didn’t update your resume. It seems like an obvious fix but many haven’t completed the task. Yes, it does take some time. Yes, it needs to be customized for virtually every job you apply. Yes, what you previously had didn’t work. Why then haven’t you made the changes?
  2. You never updated your skills section in the TaPO database. You think what you have in there is going to drive great job leads but you’re not getting them. Do you have terms such as: Team Player, Quick Learner, Microsoft Office, and Dedicated? These keywords won’t help with job leads AND if they’re in your resume (unless MS Office is a job requirement) they’re just taking up space! Do you know JavaScript, APICS Supply Chain Certified, CNC Machinist, or a CNA? Specific keywords are what is needed to push great jobs leads! Make sure you update your keywords on any job boards you subscribe too.
  3. Can you say LinkedIn? What improvements have you made to your profile? None? Time to start!
  4. When is the last time you’ve attended a networking event? A year ago, when you did it for work? It’s time to get out there and speak to people! Alex Freund, The Landing Expert, has an exhaustive list of area networking opportunities. Check out his website.
If you’re still feeling lost, please reach out to your program coordinator for suggestions and good luck finding your next best opportunity!

Ten Reasons Qualified Job Applicants Get Rejected
Job-seekers worry about their qualifications for job openings, even though most job-seekers are qualified to perform many different jobs.

We cannot blame them for worrying. Of course they worry, and they are likely to keep worrying until they find a new position! Read More.


100 Fastest Growing Jobs in NJ

Yes, economic growth in New Jersey has been slower than other places. But there’s still plenty of growth, and still plenty of opportunities for work.

Zippia, the career expert website that provides job counseling, has published New Jersey’s Fastest Growing Jobs for 2017, analyzing Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics data for jobs in New Jersey with more than 1,000 workers (see list below). Read More.


Tips and tricks for building your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for professionals. It’s a place to highlight your skills, connect with other colleagues and network. But, in order to get the most out of this popular social network, you have to know how to use correctly.

Headline vs. Title

This is one of the most underused tricks on LinkedIn. Most people confuse the two, not using the title feature at all and placing their title where the headline belongs. Make this small change and immediately improve your profile. Read More


2 Day Job Readiness Workshops Filling Up FAST!

Improve your chances of getting a new job 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:

  • Camden CC – Feb. 15 & 16 – Contact Dan Lim
  • Raritan Valley CC – Feb. 21 & 28 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Union CC – Feb. 21 & 22 – Contact John Radvany
  • Warren CC – Feb. 21 & 22 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Gloucester CC – Feb. 27 & 28 – Contact Dan Lim

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 Five

Once you’ve attended a 2 Day Job Readiness Workshop and completed a Employment Development Plan (EDP), it’s time to think about training.

What type of training do you need that will give you the edge when applying for a new job? If you’re in the IT industry, do you need cyber security or Scrum Master training? Does PMP or Six Sigma make sense? Are you looking to make a career change and would CNC manufacturing be a fit? These are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself.

When looking for training, we ask that you look to your local community colleges first. NJ community colleges are our grant partners and many provide career pathways once your initial training is completed. Typically, courses are offered through the Continuing Education departments. Training must be listed on the njtrainingsystems.org website to be eligible.

Through the RTWNJ Program, each candidate is typically eligible for only one approved course or program. Make your selection count. Training should be of a short term nature; designed to get you back to work quickly.

Here is the link for the Individual Training Request form. Before submitting, please make sure that you have attended a 2 Day Workshop, completed an EDP and, if required, uploaded proof of unemployment to our system. The training request form MUST be completed fully, including 3 employment opportunities for the training being requested. Failure to complete the form in it’s entirety may result in denial. Please provide at least 3 business days for the approval process.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your program coordinator.


This is What Recruiters Look for on YOUR LinkedIn Profile

When you’re looking for a job, your LinkedIn profile is a 24/7 information resource for the recruiters who are looking for talent. In fact, in the Jobvite 2016 Recruiter Nation Report, 87% of recruiters find LinkedIn most effective when vetting candidates during the hiring process.

But what really catches a recruiter’s eye when they’re scrolling through your profile? Read More.


10 Jobs Skills that will get you hired in 2017
If you’re in the market for a new job, you’re not alone. More than 75% of full-time employees are either open to new opportunities or actively looking for work, according to CareerBuilder’s 2016 Candidate Behavior Study.

You might be more than ready for a career change, but you may not have the skills it takes to get noticed by recruiters.  Read More.


5 Ways to Effectively Up Your Email Game and Get Hired
More than 2.5 billion people in the world use email today, and more than 2.5 million emails are sent every single second. In fact, 61 percent of people report email to be “very important” for their job – compared to 54 percent of people who express the same sentiment about the internet.

More likely than not, you will have to use email in your next job search. Whether you’re reaching out to the person who will be making the hiring decision or following up after an interview, having stellar email skills will definitely improve your chances of getting hired.

Here are some tips for you: Read More


2 Day Job Readiness Workshops Filling Up FAST!

Improve your chances of getting a new job 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:

  • Brookdale CC – Feb. 7 & 8 – Contact John Radvany
  • Essex CC – Feb. 7 & 9 – Contact Monica Rock
  • County College of Morris – Feb. 9 & 16 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Camden CC – Feb. 15 & 16 – Contact Dan Lim

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 Four

One of the benefits being made available to you through the Ready to Work New Jersey grant are two formal assessment tools. By completing the assessment(s) 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.

The assessments are free of charge through the RTWNJ grant and unfortunately, they are one of our most under used resources. The soft skills assessment are available from Learning Resources Inc. (LRI). New candidates are added to the system at the end of each month and emails are sent directly from LRI to candidates. If you haven’t received your link, please check your spam folder. If you are new to RTWNJ, please wait until the beginning of next month to receive your invitation to participate.

Don’t forget to return to your log in after you finish an assessment to review your individual results. An assessment feedback report is available immediately after you complete each assessment under My Assessments. Read More.


How To Break the Rules And Get the Job You Deserve

Most of us know how bureaucratic processes work. If you want to build a new deck on the back of your house you might have to apply for a permit.

You’ll have to get the deck-builder to submit some drawings and you’ll have to pay a fee and wait for your permit application to wend its way through the approval process, but eventually you’ll get your permit or somebody will tell you why your application was rejected. Read More.


10 Things That Will Make You Look Unprofessional

If you’re job searching, you probably (hopefully!) know the basic professionalism mistakes to avoid, like using a questionable moniker in your email address, having a silly outgoing voicemail message or flooding social media with photos of yourself doing keg stands. But here are some less obvious ways that you can inadvertently come across as unprofessional in your job search.

1. Oversharing. There are certain things your interviewer just doesn’t need… Read More.


Improve Your Body Language for a Successful Job Interview
Preparing for an interview is one of the more stressful events for any professional, regardless of experience level or job title. You’ve been told to research the company in advance, practice your answers and prepare good questions. Another aspect of the interview to pay attention to is your body language; it’s important not to cross your arms, slouch or avoid eye contact.While it’s critical to say the right thing in an interview, it’s also important to realize that your body language will communicate an enormous amount about you. It will demonstrate your level of confidence in yourself, your interest in the position, even your ability to perform in the new position. With this kind of pressure, and so many elements to consider during the course of the interview, it can feel overwhelming to have to consider your body language, as well. Read More


2 Day Job Readiness Workshops Filling Up FAST!

Improve your chances of getting a new job 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 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 below on the right. If you need help, please reach out to your program coordinator for direction.


Looking For A Job? Don’t Tell LinkedIn

While having a resume means you’re looking for a job, having a LinkedIn profile does not send the same signal. As a result, many job seekers think they need to say on their profile that they are actively searching. Otherwise, how else would a hiring manager or recruiter know to contact them? So they’ll add phrases like “open to new opportunities” or “seeking the next exciting challenge” or “seeking a position in…”

I always tell all my clients, however, not to add these phrases to their profile, or anything else that indicates they are looking. Here’s why: They Will Contact You Anyway  Read More.


Why are we still telling women to act like men at work?
You may be familiar with some of the research on the power of diversity in driving company performance: that more gender diverse leadership teams can lead to higher returns on equity, lower risk, greater customer focus, increased employee engagement and greater innovation.

And you may be able to see the logic behind the power of diversity: bringing together people who have different skillsets, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives enriches a team and can lead to better decision-making. Read More.


Ten Kinds Of Abuse No Job-Seeker Should Tolerate

Job-seekers have a tough way to go because job offers don’t rain on their heads — they come in slowly, and one at a time.

When you get a job offer, you have to decide whether to take the offer (and take yourself off the market) or decline it and keep looking.

That’s a tough decision to make when you  have bills to pay — and who doesn’t?

There will be signs during your job search that a certain employer is taking advantage of you, even before they’ve made  you a job offer. Read More


2 Day Job Readiness Workshops Filling Up FAST!

Improve your chances of getting a new job 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.


Career Depression Is Worst In January, Here’s Why…

I read recently the third Monday in January has a high suicide rate. People get very depressed in January. The post-holiday blues run deep. I see it a lot in my work. It’s why I host a 21-day challenge every year. It’s my way to keep people positive and moving forward during this time. But, this year, it’s the worst I’ve seen it.

Career depression is at an all-time high right now.

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.


Need to Cancel Your Job Interview?

I asked a group of seasoned recruiting pros to tell me the best (worst) lies they’ve ever heard from a candidate. There we some amazing responses, but here are the five that took the prize for being the dumbest. Lying to recruiters is a very, VERY bad idea. They are a tight-knit community. I’ve known job seekers who’ve been ‘blacklisted’ in their industry for getting caught in a web of lies by a recruiter. In this day and age, it’s way too easy for a recruiter to check with their colleagues to get, “the inside scoop” on you. Which means, you need to keep your reputation in good standing, or your career could suffer.

One of the biggest pet peeves recruiters have is when a candidate makes up an elaborate excuse as to why she/he can’t make it. This article by Steve Tobiak explains why making excuses is such a bad idea. (Hat tip to recruiting pro, Stacy Donovan-Zapar for sharing this article with me.) Read More


2 Day Job Readiness Workshops Filling Up FAST!

Improve your chances of getting a new job 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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