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8 Ways to Make a Great First Impression During a Job Interview

Forming a first impression of someone takes seconds, and that can feel impossible to nail when you’re in a job interview. Luckily, most hiring managers take more time to form their opinion. A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that the first 15 minutes are when an impression is made during an interview, and that’s enough time to connect and sell yourself.

We spoke with hiring managers and found out what impresses them. Here are eight things to do to help you land the job.

1. KNOW THAT YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION STARTS RIGHT AWAY
Be careful when waiting for the interviewer to come get you, as the receptionist may get a first impression that he or she can share with the interviewer, says Patricia H. Lenkov, founder and president of the recruiting firm Agility Executive SearchRead More.


8 essential sites for researching your next employer
Landing a job interview feels great, but how much do you know about your potential employer? Job listings often illicit more questions than provide answers. Knowing where to find inside information can mean the difference between getting a job from a great company and heading down the wrong path.It’s tempting to jump on the first job offer you get, but the last thing you want…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. ​


9 questions to ask in a job interview that make you look smart
You should always have a few questions prepared going into any job interview.But it’s not as simple as throwing out a bunch of random queries. The wrong questions could make you look unprepared, ignorant, or just plain foolish.

Your questions should be thoughtful, intelligent, and demonstrate that you are serious about the role and the company.

Here are nine questions to ask during a job interview that will make you look smart:

‘Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and position best?’

Smart people want to know exactly what they’re getting into.

Knowing what skills the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its…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.

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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!

How to Choose Winner Keywords for Your Resume?
Many job seekers do not know that keywords are used in resumes and it could potentially have them miss out on great opportunities. We all know that keywords are used by bloggers to direct search engines to their websites.

Keywords in your resume will have the same effect. You want to use keywords that the recruiter will be scanning for. When those keywords aren’t discovered… 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. ​


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 about 7 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.


​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:​​​​​​​​​​

  • County College of Morris – July 13 & 20 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Essex CC – July 18 & 20 – Contact Monica Rock
  • Bergen CC – Aug. 3 & 4 – 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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​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 now 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. The State of New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development has a guide of industry valued credentials that could help you determine what you would need to change industries or remain competitive in your current field. Click here to view. A demand occupation list is also available on the bottom right corner of the link.

When looking for training, we ask that you look to your local community colleges first. New Jersey 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.


Starting Your Career in Cyber Security
A year ago, I wrote an article entitled Starting Your Career In Information Technology. As your career goes on, you may find yourself traveling down different routes than you originally planned. This article is a follow-up, designed to give an idea of what cyber security has become for me after I transitioned to it from networking.

To begin, I was self-taught. I started out as a system administrator and IT manager. 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. ​


​Here’s what you need to land America’s best jobs
The nation’s best jobs boast salaries that average $100,000 and up, offer generous company benefits, and promise to have recruiting suitors fighting for your hand.

But they are highly technical roles carrying job descriptions like DevOps engineer and analytics manager that demand an alphabet soup of computer skills as well as incessant on-the-job learning.

So do you have to be a math genius with a spare PhD in physics to get one of these great gigs? What we found might surprise you.

USA TODAY conducted a series of interviews with people in the nation’s top jobs, as well as with those recruiting and training candidates for these roles. 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:​​​​​​​​​

  • Bergen CC – July 6 & 7 – Contact Monica Rock
  • Brookdale CC – July 7 & 8 – Contact John Radvany
  • County College of Morris – July 13 & 20 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Essex CC – July 18 & 20 – 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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​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 in the workplace 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 assessments 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.


5 Tips for Midlife Career Change
When it comes to midlife career change, experts say it’s important not to rush a career transition. Develop a process that includes friends and advisors, and stick to it.

So it’s time for a midlife career change. You’re at the midpoint of life; your first career leaves you bored, empty or worn out. But how do you assess the options, get advice and determine a new path?

You want to do something different but haven’t got a clue. 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. ​


This Simple Formula Makes Highlighting Transferable Skills Easy
It’s not overstating it to say that knowing how to highlight transferable skills can make all the difference in your job search.

In case you need a quick refresher: They’re skills you picked up in a previous role that’ll help you excel in the one you’re applying to. But they’re distinct from other experience, because they’re closely (but not exactly) related to what’s called for in the job description.

So, if you’re changing careers, feeling a little under-qualified , or trying to explain a winding career path, you can use transferable skills to get a hiring manager to take a chance on you.

But just because they can be a game-changer doesn’t mean they apply in every situation.  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:​​​​​​​​​

  • Bergen CC – July 6 & 7 – Contact Monica Rock
  • County College of Morris – July 13 & 20 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Essex CC – July 18 & 20 – 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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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 your home and heading to Cape May for a weekend of peace and quiet. Since you are without a map or GPS, you just start driving. Instead of ending up down the shore, you are now located in Philly. Definitely not sticking your toes in the sand!

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.


Get Outside Your Comfort Zone: How To Tackle Your Fear
How can you become more comfortable, and even confident, in all those areas that make you squirm like public speaking, giving negative feedback, or even shmoozing at those dreaded networking parties?

We’ve all encountered opportunities that both delighted and filled us with fear. Fear of doing something new, something unknown, something outside of our comfort zone. 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. ​


5 Things You Need to Do to Get a Job in a Different Field
It can be scary trying to get a job outside of your field. Finding a job at all can be a challenge in a competitive market, but branching out can be particularly difficult. Perhaps you are tired of doing the same thing each day and you want to try something new. In other cases, you might feel like you have moved up as far as you can in your own field, and you want to find a job with opportunities for promotion. Or, you hate your boss but you can’t find any jobs in your field that are outside of your company. Whatever your reasons are for wanting to try something new, it will be necessary for you to have the right skills and to market yourself appropriately in order to get the new job you want. Here are five ways to prepare for success. 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.

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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.


 


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. ​


6 Ways to Get Your Resume Past the Resume Filter
Applying for jobs used to mean driving, walking, or taking public transportation all over town dropping off resumes and filling out applications. These days, you can apply for hundreds of jobs a day from your computer, as you have an internet connection. In the process of transitioning online, many businesses have automated the first few steps of the application process, and, just like any other automated process, you can game the system if you’re smart about it.
If you need help getting past the resume filter in the job application process, here’s what you need to do:

1. Read the Job Description

It sounds obvious, but it’s amazing how many people just read the job posting title, scan over the requisition, and go immediately to apply. This is how you end up at a job you don’t like. As much as you need money, you don’t want a job you completely hate. You will inevitably loathe certain aspects of your job, so don’t make it harder on yourself. 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.

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How to take advantage of RTWNJ – Part One

For those of you new to the RTWNJ program – Welcome! You’ve joined a highly successful program that is primarily funded through the U.S. Department of Labor with additional support from NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Are you ready follow a process that has been proven to work? As we’ve mentioned numerous times in this newsletter, you need to have a map and a compass to get from unemployed to hired.

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 JavaScript experience. We searched our database of over 7,000 candidates specifically for those individuals with this knowledge. Only a handful of candidates were discovered. If you have advanced JavaScript 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.


List of the Best Skills for Resumes

What skills should you include on your resume? Which skill set will help you get hired? As well as providing a history of your experience, your resume is the perfect place to highlight your strengths and abilities.

How to Include Skills on a Resume

For every role you apply to, tailor the skills section of your resume so that the information included matches the skills mentioned in the job description. 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. ​


Three Tips to Slam Dunk Keyword Optimization on LinkedIn
One of the main reasons to invest time in developing a LinkedIn profile is to be found by the right people, either recruiters and hiring managers (for job seekers) or potential clients (for business owners). The primary variable in being found is keyword optimization.People often ask me to define keyword optimization because it’s a term that sometimes gets batted around without context. Keyword optimization is the strategic placement on your profile of terms that people will likely enter into LinkedIn’s search box to find candidates or businesses, and it takes into account the algorithm that LinkedIn uses to rank profiles in search results.

LinkedIn’s algorithm is mysterious, but we can make some solid guesses about what matters in elevating your presence on search results, including three primary qualities. 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:​​​​​​​​​

  • Essex CC – June 6 & 8 – Contact Monica Rock
  • Camden CC – June 7 & 8 – Contact Dan Lim
  • County College of Morris – June 8 & 15 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Gloucester CC – June 12 & 13 – Contact Joe Pranzatelli
  • Raritan Valley CC – June 13 & 20 – 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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