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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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Four Ways To Practice For Your Job Interview So You Sound Prepared But Not Overly Rehearsed
In my 20+ years of recruiting, most candidates don’t prepare enough for their job interview, so overwork is not a common problem. If you are looking for a job and not currently doing any interview practice, you want to do some preparation ASAP and not worry about sounding overly rehearsed. (You can start with these five steps for interview preparation.)

However, every once in a while, I run into candidates who have answers so readily available that they sound more like actors delivering a monologue than potential colleagues having a conversation in the moment. Remember that a job interview is at its essence a person-to-person conversation . You are with a potential future colleague, so you want to relate and communicate with that other person, not talk at them. Read More. ​​​


3 Ways to Shorten Your Job Search
People in transition know that finding a new, suitable job is a process—and most often, an unpleasant and lengthy one. While this is true in most cases, it doesn’t have to be that way, provided the job seeker understands the search process and becomes efficient with planning, creative thinking, networking, and research.

Where Do You Start Your Search? You can’t even start searching for a job unless you know what you’re 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. ​


6 Ways To Make Your LinkedIn Profile Unforgettable
The digital world can be an impersonal one. If you want opportunities to come your way, you need to make it personal.

The greater the emotional connection you make, the more likely people will take an interest in you and you will snag opportunities. The more human you act, the more people will gravitate to you. Here are six opportunities you can leverage to humanize your LinkedIn profile and standout:

1. Include a clear, professional picture of you.
A LinkedIn profile without a picture is like a body without a head. Include a picture. Your picture should be professional but not sterile. Your photo puts a face to your profile and should be one that invites others to read your profile. 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 – Dec. 8 & 11 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Essex CC – Dec. 12 & 14 – Contact Monica Rock
  • Brookdale CC – Dec. 15 & 16 – 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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Report: Employer Outlook 2018
We’ve all heard that the U.S. unemployment rate is at its lowest level in over a decade. That’s good news, of course. But as employers, we also know that this is the kind of good news that makes our own jobs just that extra bit tougher.

It’s not just that competition for talent is fierce. We have to contend with a lot of other things, too: whether it’s the economic ups and downs of our respective industries, or the new technologies that are transforming the workplace, leading to demand for new skills while making others obsolete. And these changes cut across every industry, even if the impact isn’t always the same.

So how are employers preparing to face these challenges as we enter 2018? We surveyed 1,000 of them to find out. Let’s take a look at the results. Read More. ​​​


What Are the Best and Worst Jobs?
One person’s “best” job may be the “worst” for someone else. Want to make the most money or have the most fun? Do you prefer a high-stress job or slower pace work with more flexibility? It all comes down to personal goals and experience

Which jobs pay the best? Here’s information on the best paying jobs including the highest paying jobs by level of education and type of position. 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. ​


Want a New Job in 2018? Get Your Game Plan Together Now
Do you ever reach the end of a year only to realize that you accomplished none of your career goals? Have you been thinking about a move to a new job for ages, but doing nothing about it? Let 2018 be the year that you take control of your future.

Stop complaining about your current job, and instead, prepare yourself for a successful job search kick-off come the New Year. Begin getting your ducks in order after Thanksgiving. Yes, you read that right. Begin focusing on your career game during the utterly insane time period between Thanksgiving and New Years. If you focus on just one step per-week, as laid out below, you should be ready to rock come January 2nd. 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 – Dec. 7 & 8 – Contact Monica Rock
  • County College of Morris – Dec. 8 & 11 – Contact Jaci Teune
  • Essex CC – Dec. 12 & 14 – 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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​Register Now for the NSCN November 30th Job Fair!
Please join the NSCN‘s third Job Fair on Thursday, November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fair will be held at the Rutgers University Busch Student Center, 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, N.J.

Please note the NSCN Job Fair is exclusively for NSCN member job seekers!

​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. ​


​Hiring Older Workers ​Is Suddenly In Season
For more than 30 years, Bill Simonowicz drove his iconic UPS truck around the artsy Minnesota harbor town of Grand Marais delivering packages. He retired six years ago, but after two years away from the job, Simonowicz joined its holiday season workforce from Thanksgiving to Christmas. “It’s pretty easy work,” says Simonowicz, 58. “And there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

In recent years, he typically put in six-to-eight hour days during the busy holiday push. But with the recent rise in e-commerce deliveries, Simonowicz says he wouldn’t be surprised to work longer days this year.

He’s got company.

Tapping the Retiree Base for the Holidays

The giant packaging and delivery businesses are increasingly tapping into their retiree base to meet the holiday rush. “UPS actively went after its retirees,” says Simonowicz.  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:​​​​​​​​​​

  • Middlesex CC – Nov. 29 & 30 – Contact John Radvany
  • Rowan @ Burlington – Dec. 1 & 4 – Contact John Radvany
  • Bergen CC – Dec. 7 & 8 – Contact Monica Rock
  • County College of Morris – Dec. 8 & 11 – 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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Desperate employers search for holiday workers in tight job market
When UPS lured holiday job seekers recently to its Columbus, Ohio, package sorting center, it turned the dreary process of interviews and background checks into a full-blown party complete with candy and movie-ticket giveaways.

Faced with a shrinking labor pool and a need to fill 95,000 extra jobs this holiday season, the Louisville-based delivery giant has been left scrambling to find innovative ways to tempt potential employees— including turning recruiting sessions into celebrations.

It’s not just UPS. As the holidays draw closer and holiday hiring is in full swing, industries across the board are feeling the unintended side effects of a falling unemployment rate— now at a 17-year low of 4.1%. Read More. ​​​


Are You an Effective Networker?
Loads of people network but very few are effective at such networking. Certainly, some are better at it than others, but in general, the majority of people not only dislike networking but also are simply not good at it. Based on a survey they conducted, Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D., and Don Morgan discovered several keys for successful job search networking.

* First, survey respondents said the most important part of being effective is to…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. ​


Negotiation Skills For Your Career And Everyday Life
Approaching a vendor to negotiate a deal or sitting down with your boss to discuss a pay raise can be scary, but sometimes there’s no way around it. Whether negotiating the cost of leasing a space or your corporate benefits package, there will come a time when all professionals need to haggle a bit for a lower price or higher value. When money is on the table, it pays to keep your cool. So, how do you maintain your composure when it’s time to negotiate?

For many, negotiation does not come naturally. Sometimes, we’re not certain it’s worth the risk. (In fact, The Atlantic reported earlier this year that men and women negotiate differently based on their perceived value of themselves and the risk involved.) While boldly asking for what we want or need is a learned skill, the art of negotiation is necessary if you want to really be the one in control of your business or career. 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:​​​​​​​​​​

  • Middlesex CC – Nov. 29 & 30 – Contact John Radvany
  • Rowan @ Burlington – Dec. 1 & 4 – Contact John Radvany
  • Bergen CC – Dec. 7 & 8 – Contact Monica Rock
  • County College of Morris – Dec. 8 & 11 – 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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Job Hunters: How To Use Google As Your Resume
If you’re job hunting, you may be thinking the first thing you need to do is put together your resumé. That used to be true before the Internet. But these days, the new resumé is called Google.

What an employer finds out about you simply by Googling your name helps determine whether you get hired. And you’ve got to clean up what the employer finds before the company or nonprofit finds it.

There are four things you can do about this to boost your chances of getting hired: you can edit, fill in, expand and add to your Google resumé. I’ll provide details shortly. Read More. ​​​


Secrets You Need to Know About Finding a Job After 40
By the time you reach your 40s, you might think you’ve got the whole adulting thing down to a science. So it’s only natural to assume finding a job after 40 is going to be a walk in the park — methodical and by the book.

Unfortunately, research shows older workers face unemployment longer than younger workers. That suggests there’s a hitch in their job search. Read More. 


Getting a Job With the Help of Strong and Weak Ties
Have you ever wondered if it’s really worth your time to network with people you don’t know? Can a stranger really help you find a job?
In a study on the varying strengths of networking connections, Facebook analyzed U.S. user profiles to see how strong and weak ties influenced job search. The findings showed that “weaker ties are useful because they are numerous, but that a single stronger tie is more useful than a single weaker tie.” In short, both weak and strong ties help your job search.
Facebook realizes that only 54 percent of U.S. adults have a Facebook profile and that not all interactions take place on this social network.  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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How Recruiters Effectively Use Social Media
We live in the age of social media, and recruiters are finding that social media platforms are among the best tools for finding talent. In fact, a Jobvite survey in 2015 revealed that 92 percent of recruiters are using social media to find the right candidates.

Social media has become such an effective hiring tool because recruiters can browse the social media accounts of potential candidates. Social media is a great way to verify professional experience and review character. Read More. ​​​


How to Be Media Social
Many people don’t realize how different the job search of today is from the job search of not even a few years ago. Many others find it difficult to learn about today’s different kind of search and therefore shove the issue to their back burner, planning to deal with it later—if they do at all. Yet others, often younger ones, embrace the new wave and benefit from it.

Social media are open for two-way communication and are important for more than social interaction. Read More. 


3 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search (and 3 Ways to Avoid)
Many of us view social media as a way to keep up with the lives of old friends and family. That’s a pretty good use for it, right? But as social media has expanded, its potential as a resource for its users, especially professionally, has grown tremendously.

LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest and Instagram are just a few of the social media channels that, when used correctly, can improve your career.

Job seekers specifically can reap countless benefits from social media, including finding better jobs and becoming more visible to hiring managers.

However, we’ve all heard our fair share of horror stories when it comes to mixing social media and job searching. 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. ​