The unemployment rate has dropped significantly in the past few years. However, don’t expect cheers from the 1.6 million in the United States who have been jobless for more than six months, or the out-of-work breadwinner in Cape May county where the unemployment rate currently stands at 14.1%.
One of the most read blog articles on this site is titled, “OnRamp – New Jersey Job Seekers Online Tool” and was posted in 2012. Today’s post is a revisit of current employment search tools and programs available to New Jersey job seekers.
The New Start Career Network was created in 2015 to help the long-term unemployed. They “provide older (ages 45+), long-term unemployed New Jersey job seekers with access to free, personalized career services, including web-based information resources and in-person and virtual career coaching.” Visit their site. Read their brochure.
One Stop Career Centers are located in all twenty-one counties in New Jersey. They provide: job search assistance, training and education assistance as well as on-site resource rooms (PCs, telephones, etc.).
OnRamp is an online service provided by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (LWD). You can create an account and receive the following:
- Simple upload and use of an existing resume and online tools to easily build a new resume;
- Resume enhancing tools that suggest ways to improve your resume;
- The ability to search job opportunities collected from over 2,400 sources in one place;
- Automatic email notices of new jobs matching your skills and experience;
- Matches to jobs you have the skills for, but may not have considered applying to;
- You control what information an employer can see and how you are contacted by employers who wish to interview you.
LWD provides a page with a listing of Job Fairs throughout the state.
Public libraries provide easy access to employment resources. For example, go visit the Newark Public Library’s job and career resources webpage. Reference librarians are more than happy to help. See the New Jersey Libraries page for your local public library.
“From the end of World War II until 1973, we saw an expanding middle class, with people’s incomes going up. Since that point, and especially since the Wall Street–driven financial crisis, you’ve seen a real collapse. Since 1999 median family income has gone down $5,000. Real unemployment, counting people who have given up looking for work or who are working part-time when they want to work full-time, is more than 14 percent.”
These are comments made by Senator Bernie Sanders (I – VT) in an interview with Playboy. Read more about him. He speaks the truth, in a manner unlike others in Washington.
Read more here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/must-read/playboy-interview-bernie-sanders.
The full interview by Jonathan Tasini appears in a Playboy interview.
There is also a short issue paper written by Ray Castro of New Jersey Policy Perspective last month that complements what Senator Sanders says in his interview. The NJPP article is titled Three Years Into Recover
y, Most New Jerseyans Still Left Behind. The middle class and the working poor are both in danger, in New Jersey and throughout the United States. Read this article and then ask our elected officials their plans for restoring the middle class.
The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development has launched a job-search tool named OnRamp. It allows New Jersey job seekers to post a resume online, receive email alerts on job matches, all free of charge.
When introduced last November Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths was quoted as saying, “This service is open to everyone. People don’t have to wait to receive a pink slip to use it. We believe this will further our efforts to link job-seekers to the employers that are searching the state for new talent.”
OnRamp is considered an interactive tool as it allows employers to search resumes for prospective employees based on job skills not just job titles. It also allows consumers to have customized job profiles based on their job search strategies.
The OnRamp website is located at http://www.jobs4jersey.com. An OnRamp overview and registration instructions are also available. Other job search services are available at the state’s network of One Stop Career Centers.
The unemployment rate in New Jersey has risen for the last five months and stands at 9.9%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.