Weekly Job Byte

6 Things to Try If You Can’t Find a Job
Unemployment can do a number your self-esteem, not to mention your bank account. If you’ve been papering the town with resumes and still aren’t getting any nibbles, it’s easy to sink into frustration and despair.

You can take some small comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone in your struggle to find a job. Although the number of unemployed Americans has fallen over the past two years, there are still 7.6 million people out of work and looking for employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A quarter of them have been unemployed for six months or more. Once you add in people who have given up looking for work or who have part-time jobs but would like to work full-time, the number of unemployed and underemployed people in the U.S. doubles. Read More.


Four tips for utilizing Social Media during your job search
There’s no sign of social media slowing down, in fact it’s maintaining popularity as a great way to influence and enhance your job search. Think of Social Media as an advanced form of word-of-mouth that you should be utilizing if you’re looking to change career or land a new job. By getting your name out there, your interactions can demonstrate your credibility and you can find the job you are looking for. 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.


3 Steps to Make Facebook Private
Protecting your Facebook privacy can be challenging, but there are three key things everyone should know about how to make Facebook private or at least not totally public. These are:

  1. How to Keep Your List of Friends Private
  2. How to Make Your Profile and Timeline Private
  3. How to Limit Who Sees your Posts and Photos

By default, Facebook tends to make everything you put on its network fairly public. Most information in your profile, for example, is totally public–viewable in Google search results and to everyone on Facebook, even if they’re not your friend or even a friend of a friend. Facebook critics see this as an invasion of people’s right to privacy.

The same default public setting applies to your friend’s list; by default, anyone can see who your friends are, even if they are not your Facebook friend. It’s a good idea to change this, but Facebook doesn’t make it easy. 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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Why These 10 Soft Skills Could Catapult Your Career
It’s what employers CAN’T teach you that makes you more valuable.
A recent LinkedIn survey of hiring managers revealed 59 percent believe soft skills are tough to find in employees today. Which soft skills are the most sought-after among employers? They are…

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3 Tips For Finding A Purpose-Driven Job
If you’ve had your ear to the ground lately, then you may have heard about this rapidly growing movement. It’s made up of a group of people who are tired of working boring, meaningless jobs, and ready to do whatever it takes to live life on their terms.

No more Office Space style workplaces.

No more quarter-life crisis’, and spending the majority of your work day finding ways to look busy as you suppress your anger at wasting your life away… 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. ​


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 six areas related to workforce success. After you complete the assessment you will have access to an interactive online Training Program, which uses videos, scenarios, and mock jobinterviews 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.

Click here to request access to the program. Once verified you will receive a link with log-in information directly from ETS.


​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:​​​​​
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  • Raritan CC – March 21 & 28 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Union CC – March 21 & 22 – Contact John Radvany
  • Brookdale CC – March 24 & 25 – Contact John Radvany
  • Camden CC – March 27 & 30 – Contact Dan Lim
  • Middlesex CC – March 29 & 30 – Contact John Radvany

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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Questions You Absolutely, Positively Must Ask On A Job Interview

The new millennium workplace is drastically different from the old-millennium one. There are scams and sketchy situations everywhere, and job-seekers have to be wary.

You cannot assume that because somebody posts a job ad, therefore the company is healthy, solid or above-board (or even real).

You cannot enter an organization’s recruiting process believing that if you can only get the job offer, everything will work out fine. Read More.


Fixable Job Search Mistakes
Searching for a new job is a tedious process. But one of the worst parts is learning a position you wanted was filled—before you ever even got a chance to interview.

If you find yourself in that situation over and over again, you want to figure out whatever’s holding you back so you can address it ASAP. But, the truth is: There’s no “one size fits all” solution to guarantee you’ll get an interview. Sometimes a pretty minor change (like proofreading) will make the difference. Other times, you need to revamp your overall strategy. And it can be hard to know where on the spectrum you fall. 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. ​


​Are Job Hunting Expenses Deductible?
Looking for a new job can seem like a job in itself. And after a while, the expenses associated with finding a new gig start to add up. Even if you put effort into writing a resume and going on interviews, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to lock down the position that you want. But at the very least, some of your job hunting expenses may be deductible. Let’s take a look at some of the costs that you may be able to write off on your income tax return.

Which Job Hunting Expenses Are Deductible?

Depending on your situation, many types of job hunting expenses may be deductible. 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:​​​​​
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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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7 Easy Hacks To Improve Job Search

What if I told you there were 7 things you could do that would increase the odds of getting hired?
From sending thank-you messages to creating your list of references, there are hacks that you can implement today that will make you look more professional. Now would be a good time to familiarize yourself with some of these lesser-known job-search practices.

So if you think you have mastered all the subtleties of job search, think again. There are many unwritten rules or secret best practices you won’t know about until it’s too late. Read More.


Five Real-Life Examples Of Job Seekers Hurt Or Helped By Their Thank You Notes
In my 19-plus years of teaching job search skills at an Ivy League graduate school (and I’ve taught through both boom and bust hiring markets), I still emphasize the importance of thank you notes. Thank you notes after a job interview or general networking meeting keep you front-of-mind with the people you meet. Thank you notes continue the momentum from what you discussed before. Thank you notes can even add to the momentum when you include additional thoughts and ideas. 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. ​


4 Things You Really Need To Delete From Your LinkedIn Profile Today​
With its largest desktop redesign ever, LinkedIn is fighting the good fight against distraction. The 2017 updates make for less clutter across the platform and a more focused experience on every front, especially your personal profile.

But, much like a garage full of junk, sprucing things up only makes a real difference if you get rid of all the random junk that’s just taking up space.

With that in mind, here are four cuts your LinkedIn profile needs to take these changes to the next level—and show off the parts of your personal brand that really matter: 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:​​​​​
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  • Essex CC – March 8 & 10 – Contact Monica Rock
  • Raritan CC – March 21 & 28 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Camden CC – March 27 & 30 – Contact Dan Lim
  • Middlesex CC – March 29 & 30 – Contact John Radvany

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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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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