New Jersey’s workforce system partners offer a range of in-person and virtual career-related services that connect job seekers with the tens of thousands of open positions available throughout the state.
One-Stop Career Center offices closed to in-person services in March of 2020, and shifted to a virtual-delivery model, presenting career webinars, virtual information sessions, case management and other services remotely, using digital and telephonic models.
In recent months, many county Workforce Development Boards and One-Stop Career Training Centers have become hybrid operations, with appointment in-person services offered along with the virtual suite of services developed by the partners over the past 18 months.
In addition, starting on Oct. 18, state-run One-Stop Career Centers will begin scheduling in-person and phone appointments for residents looking for career-related services.
Residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties who need assistance with career-related services can contact the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and its local system partners. Services include Virtual Information Sessions for companies hiring in the two counties; since the beginning of this year, more than 1,500 individuals have attended 45 sessions, and new events continue to be planned. More information on GRWDB and system partners programs is available on the Events/Calendar tab of www.thegrwdb.org/.
The other free services offered at state and county centers include assistance with job search, resume reviews, career counseling, career-related webinars and workshops, information on training grants for unemployed and underemployed individuals, and connection to career services for low-income residents. Job seekers and underemployed residents are also encouraged to register with SkillUp Greater Raritan. a free online portal with more than 6,000 courses focusing on business, IT and health topics.
New Jersey’s workforce system partners connect employers and job seekers, aiming to create a robust economy for all stakeholders. This work is especially important as those currently without jobs adapt to the Sept. 4 expiration of extended unemployment benefits. New Jersey’s workforce system partners can assist these beneficiaries and other job seekers by connecting them to the thousands of open positions around the region. With competition for open positions tighter than it has been in many years, many industries are offering increased hourly wages and even sign-on bonuses in bids to get and keep workers.
In-person unemployment services that were available at most state One-Stop Career Centers were suspended in March 2020, and they are not returning as in-person services resume at the state and county career centers.
All unemployment claimants are asked to file new claims, update existing claims, or ask questions about their claims online at https://myunemployment.nj.gov. The site also includes details on benefit extension deadlines and other related information. Claimants can call unemployment services at 732-761-2020. An expanded call center, along with redirected Department of Labor personnel, have increased the capacity for personnel to address callers’ issues and better manage the record number of unemployment claims that were opened since the pandemic began.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development also recently launched Job Source, offering a variety of tools designed to help fuel a successful job search experience. Users can create a free account and get tips and templates for Job Search, Resume Writing, Cover Letters and many other free services.
There are also numerous state and community programs and resources available to those who need additional support. For information on assistance in the areas of family, food, child care, health, substance use disorder, rent, housing, utilities, and specialized services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and survivors of domestic or sexual violence, please visit myunemployment.nj.gov/morehelp.
Weekly text alerts highlighting career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties are available by texting “onestop” to 565-12. Contact the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-541-5790.