Christie Administration Launches Jersey Job Club
Press release provided by the New Jersey Department of Workforce Labor and Development.
Continuing Governor Chris Christie’s efforts to link job-seekers with employment, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) today launched another Jersey Job Club at the One-Stop Career Center in Dover to successfully refresh the job searches of the state’s unemployed.
“The Jersey Job Clubs have been very successful since we kicked off the first one in Neptune in July. They offer unemployed people a structured opportunity to network, listen to expert advice from industry experts about job search techniques and to attend workshops on how to improve their resumes and employment searches,” said LWD Commissioner Harold J. Wirths.“The Jersey Job Clubs are one more effort this administration has undertaken to give all of New Jersey's job-seekers access to the most current job search information, tools and resources.”
“We have launched 23 Jersey Job Clubs in the state to get New Jersey job-seekers the most up-to-date, effective job search techniques and tools available in a supportive network aimed at making their job search as productive as possible,” said Assistant Commissioner Mary Ellen Clark, who heads LWD’s Workforce Development programs.
The Dover kick-off was hosted by Joseph Dombrowski, Assistant Director of Employment Services at LWD, and Carl Jablonski, Manager of the Dover One-Stop Career Center. Jersey Job Clubs are operating out of One-Stop Career Centers scattered throughout the state. Open to all job-seekers, the goal is to focus and reinvigorate the employment searches of people who are out of work in New Jersey, particularly the long-term unemployed. Each club will host a minimum of six workshops each week that instruct members on effective job search techniques, interview preparation and labor market information that can expose them to the fastest growing industry sectors in the state.
The Jersey Job Clubs will teach job-seekers the skills for becoming self-sufficient and successful in their search for work, and participants will have a limited time to take full advantage of all the services offered by the Job Clubs. Toward the end of a six month tenure in a Job Club, if a participant has not yet found employment, One-Stop counselors will offer more intensive counseling services.
“The Job Clubs will expose all members to a uniform, structured program showcasing the latest and most effective information on where jobs can be found, how people can effectively market themselves for those positions and the techniques, ranging from social media to networking, that work best for achieving employment,” said Commissioner Wirths.
Members are required to first register with Jobs4Jersey.com, the state’s premiere employment service website where job-seekers can load a resume through OnRamp, a robust, state-of-the-art job-search engine that links people to jobs by matching skills, not former job titles. More than 130,000 people already have posted resumes with OnRamp, and more than 2,100 employers have opened accounts to recruit talent through the free service. The clubs are open to all job-seekers, whether or not they are collecting Unemployment Insurance, and the clubs will accept any job-seekers, regardless of the type of job they previously held.