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The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and its partners provide a variety of careers-related webinars, programs, training opportunities, information and more to community members in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. This includes connections to state and national career resources.
Looking for a job? Start by browsing New Jersey’s Job Source page and clicking on the Job Search link. This takes you to a page which allows users to search by job title, location, company and many other parameters.
State and county partners are also working together on a Job Match Project, matching current job listings in a state database to active job seekers, including the newly unemployed. Following are new job openings pulled from the state’s AOSOS system for the past several weeks; the weekly listings include the employer and location, job title, and job description. In each week’s listing, click on the job description link for more information and to apply for a position.
In addition, bookmark the calendar page of the GRWDB to keep up with the latest information on jobs-related event in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. This includes Virtual Information Sessions presented by state Business Services Representatives as well as in-person events presented by system partners and local businesses.
One vast national job-seeker destination is the CareerOneStop.org website. This U.S. Department of Labor resource offers videos, searchable databases and more on career exploration, training and jobs. Popular destinations include:
Another national, searchable database available to career seekers is this Occupational Mobility Explorer, developed by researchers from the Philadelphia and Cleveland Federal Reserve Banks. The tool analyzes the skills that employers request in the nation’s 33 largest metro areas and allows users to look for opportunities to transfer their skills from one occupation to a similar — but higher-paying — occupation in the same labor market. This interactive tool can be searched by “Build Your Path,” “Compare Skills” and “View Top Transactions” fields.
The New Jersey Department of Labor highlights a variety of career services on its website, at careerservices.nj.gov. These includes links to job-search tools, resume and interviewing skills, demand occupation lists, personalized service forms and much more. Check out this ever-growing resource.
In addition, New Jersey’s Job Source site offers users 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 much more. With each account comes the ability to create portfolios, maintain work search records, and keep a journal of the experience. The site also links users to other career-related resources from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
GRWDB and partner services
The GRWDB is directly responsible for program oversight of the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Centers in Flemington and Somerville.
Among the resources the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board offers is SkillUp Greater Raritan, a vast online learning portal available for free to all residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties. A link is also under the Resources tab of the website. This video provides an excellent introduction, and this recording provides more details about how to use the SkillUp Greater Raritan portal. Listen to either asset and start learning from home. This resource also has been developed for Spanish-language users.
SkillUp Greater Raritan also offers two new exclusive Badge credentialing programs that can be used by job seekers and employers in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. Free 15- to 20-hour, self-paced classes utilize a combination of careers-related gaming classes and SkillUp’s existing online classes to provide focused training in two areas: Job Readiness and New Manager. The two Badge pathways allow participants to master skills needed to have competency when they are starting or returning to work or when they are in new management roles. Residents and job seekers in both counties can sign up directly for either program. Employers can enroll individual workers or a group of employees for the programs.
Residents of other counties in the state can also sign up to use the classes in this powerful learning portal by going to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s new statewide SkillUp New Jersey platform. It can be accessed at on the SkillUp NJ landing page.
Greater Raritan’s Resume Portal, powered by Hiration, is another tool career-seekers can use. The portal gives residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties free access to a powerful platform to build and review targeted resumes and cover letters, as well as existing LinkedIn profiles. Go to the Resources tab on the website or click here. This virtual webinar also provides more information on the platform, along with a discussion of resume best practices.
The GRWDB also developed some careers-related content for job seekers. Listen to these webinars at your convenience:
- Making Career Connections Work For You
- Making Your Job Search Work For You
- Job Search 101: A Webinar for English Learners
- Career Skill Tips for Success: The Interview. Author Anne Corley Baum, Lehigh Valley Market President for Capital BlueCross, offers tips and advice for preparing for virtual interviews and more. Her Small Mistakes, Big Consequences series is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.
- Career Skills Tips for Success: Small Mistakes, Big Consequences. Author Anne Corley Baum returns for a second virtual session offering job seekers real-world advice on job search, job growth and more.
- Career Skills Tips for Success: Networking and Prospecting. Entrepreneur and educational expert Dr. Jairo Borja talks about using LinkedIn in your job search and offers other networking tips.
The Coronavirus pandemic impacted service-delivery methods, which continue to evolve to meet the customer where they are and how they can best be offered assistance — whether in-person, over the phone, via email or through virtual platforms.
The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Service Center at 27 Warren St. in Somerville is open to in-person service; appointments are encouraged but customers who walk in will be accommodated as staffing levels permit. Appointment-only services are available throughout the week at the Training Center at 6 Gauntt Place in Flemington.
An orientation session for new customers is conducted on Fridays, and career-webinars are offered throughout each month . To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 908-541-5780 or email email@example.com for assistance.
In addition, appointments for in-person career-related services at the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center at 75 Veterans Memorial Drive in Somerville can be made by calling 908-704-3000. (Please note that in-person unemployment services are not available at this office.)
System services are highlighted in this video produced in conjunction with the Somerset County Public Information Office. Go here to hear about our service for job seekers.
Connecting to national and state employment resources
The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center provides quality, accessible, and comprehensive employment and supportive services responsive to the needs of job seekers, employers, and the community.
Services for job seeking residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties include career and vocational counseling, access to training grants, basic computer and literacy instruction, and employment-based case management in conjunction with the Somerset and Hunterdon Boards of Social Services.
The first step in making an educated decision about a job search or occupational training needs is understanding the current labor market trends. Go to the GRWDB’s Resources – Data page to explore multiple offerings, included the Greater Raritan Unemployment Tracker, the Greater Raritan Top Employers data page, and labor insight analysis reports for both counties. One-Stop team members also can provide this information during one-on-one counseling sessions.
Here are some other resources exist that can be accessed anytime, anywhere:
usnlx.com – The National Labor Exchange links job seekers to thousands of listings in New Jersey and beyond. These include all listings posted locally with the state workforce system.
O-Net Online – Research careers and industries on this site, which has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce and human resources professionals, students, researchers, and more.
The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors several online career tools providing solutions for job seekers, unemployed workers, career counselors, economic developers, educators, parents, students, businesses, and workforce professionals. Among these is www.mynextmove.org, an interactive tool based on O*NET data for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. Dedicated portals for veterans (www.mynextmove.org/vets/) and Spanish-speakers (www.miproximopaso.org) also are available.
NJ Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) is designed to support lifelong career exploration, and career planning and decision-making through searchable data, including schools, labor market information and projections and financial aid information.
The New Jersey Training Opportunities website (NJTOPPS) is home to New Jersey’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) and Consumer Report Card (CRC). The ETPL is a comprehensive listing of all schools and organizations offering occupational education and job training programs that are eligible to receive publicly funded tuition assistance.
Bestcolleges.com offers a variety of resources to support individuals searching for new opportunities through its COVID-19 Unemployment Series. This includes a guide to searching an applying for jobs, a guide on how to land a job, and much more.
A web resource for students and job seekers interested in the criminal justice field has been created by the team at CriminalJustice.com. The guide presents overviews in three theories in criminal justice: restorative, retributive, and transformative justice. The resource provides details on various career pathways, and features educational opportunities by state. The Three Theories of Justice resource is designed to be used by students as a supplement to their studies.
Enroll Education provides community resources that are centered around higher education in the U.S. The program’s editors recently updated their Teaching Career Guides that include career profiles, licensing and certification data by state, interviews with teaching professionals, and occupational outlooks for the industry.
The manufacturing industry is experiencing a shortage of skilled labor. A career in the manufacturing industry can be a great choice for a variety of reasons and Propel’s in-depth Manufacturing Skills Guide examines this issue and provides information of interest to job seekers.
RetireGuide has a free web resource dedicated to providing information to help older adults fulfill their retirement goals. This includes a guide for retirees looking to return to work. The resource covers topics that are important to understand prior to rejoining the workforce, such as financial considerations and government benefits. Go to retireguide.com/guides/working-after-retirement/.
Veterans looking for nationwide opportunities can consider checking out Silent Professionals.
Connecting to resources in Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
If you are an individual in need of job search assistance or employment related training, please fill out the form at right and a member of the Greater Raritan Career Training Services Staff will contact you with more information in a timely manner.
Text “ONESTOP” to 565-12 on your mobile phone to subscribe to text messages with information on upcoming job readiness workshops, company recruitment events, job fairs, and other employment opportunities.
This downloadable brochure provides more detail on all local Greater Raritan services and how they are connected.
In addition, New Jersey Career Connections offers a calendar of events.
Job seekers may find this list of free resources helpful, too.
Here are some job seeker-related resources available from our partners:
For those needing support with digital services and devices, local library systems are open and can help in a variety of ways. For example, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey has expanded services for job seekers. This handy flyer details it all. The Clarence Dillon Library in Bedminster also has a program to loan out mobile hot spots.
And here are some additional community resources to consider:
Center for Non-Profits, an umbrella organization for advocacy, resources, training and information for New Jersey non-profits, offers a Job Openings Quick Link
Dress for Success Northern NJ – 10 Counties aims to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The agency’s services are free of charge and available to clients referred through New Jersey social service agencies. Clients must be available to work, actively seeking employment or recently employed, and in need of business clothing. The agency’s service area includes Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ offers case management, job readiness training, placement, retention services and supports for people with veterans in Essex, Passaic, Hudson. Bergen and Somerset counties. In addition, Goodwill offers placement and retention supports to adults with disabilities over the age of 18 in those counties, and Day Habilitation Services for Adults with Disabilities in Hudson and Essex counties.
Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Disabilities Committee resource guide of services
Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Literacy Committee resource guide of services
HOME of Somerset County offers a variety of housing, outreach and empowerment services. This includes its Neighbors in Need Program, which includes case management, financial counseling, mental health counseling and basic-needs assistance.
Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission Adult Programs, including Workforce Learning Link, Adult Literacy Programs including English classes and High School Equivalency and Thrive Day Habilitation
Hunterdon County Vocational School District’s Adult and Continuing Education, offers individuals, ages 16 and older, career-training programs that provide the ability to obtain industry-recognized credentials, enroll in an apprenticeship program or upgrade present skills. The Flemington location is an approved Workforce Development training facility.
Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties offers a Job Seekers Success Group for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change. The group is offered free of charge and open to the entire community. Contact eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org.
Libraries to Business (L2B) is a group consisting of libraries and affiliates working to help the business community and job seekers get connected to local resources. Affiliates include chambers of commerce, SCORE, and the NJ Business Action Center. The organization’s calendar lists ongoing career-related information, and the site links users to Data Axle Reference Solutions, a Jobs and Career Accelerator, the Small Business Reference Center, and a Regional Business News database.
The New Jersey Career Network Online Job Seeker Community offers a host of free educational and informational resources, including a webinars page which can be used for individual or group training. Through the community job seekers also can get access to group support facilitated by some volunteer coaches as well as have specific concerns about finding a new job addressed. Join the NJ Career Network Online Job Seeker Community by going here.
NORWESCAP Career & Life Transitions Centers, in North Plainfield (Somerset County), Flemington (Hunterdon County) and Washington (Warren County) offers a variety of employment- and career-related services. These include special programs as well at the Career & Life Club, currently meeting from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays via Zoom. Each one-hour meeting touches on different career topics, with guest speakers joining the meetings to discuss the latest trends and strategies for all aspects of a successful job search. For more information on upcoming topics, details on how to qualify for NORWESCAP’s services, and the Zoom link to the meetings, call Terry at 908-824-0572.
This career blog posting from novoresume.com offers tips for growing one’s professional network.
Professional Service Group of Central New Jersey (PSGCNJ) is a not-for-profit delivering search strategies, training programs, networking, and pro bono work opportunities to help job seekers develop the skills and confidence to land their next opportunity. The group meets virtually weekly.
Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg offers ongoing information and open house sessions. In addition, career training programs at Raritan Valley Community College offer a variety of opportunities for residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
Somerset County and Plainfield YMCA Career Forum offers the opportunity for ongoing discussion and networking.
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey Business Services, including Business Librarians and curated SCLSNJ Business Kit. In addition, community members with a SCLSNJ library card can access free online services at home or at a Somerset County Library System branch. These include the Job & Career Accelerator, an online career guidance system which includes tools for resume and cover letter writing; and Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, which includes advice on interviewing skills and networking. The system also has developed online and computer resources for community residents. The system also now Brainfuse HelpNow, an on-demand e-learning resource with interactive learning solutions for all ages. For adults, this includes career resources, resume and cover letter assistance, learning tutorials , high school equivalency exams and more.
Support groups can be found at the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse.
United Way of Northern New Jersey offers a variety of resources, including different programs for caregivers. For example, the Assistive Technology Program is focused on working caregivers who are learning how to use simple smart technology to make caregiving safer and work feasible.
Other helpful human services resources
The New Jersey Department of Human Services” New Jersey Resources 2020-2021 Guide is a comprehensive compendium of the programs and services the state Department of Human Services offers to residents, caregivers and advocates.
The State of New Jersey offers a program to provide housing assistance to families that can demonstrate a COVID-related loss of income.
In Somerset County, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has provided significant economic relief to low- and moderate-income households with financial support for rental arrears and temporary rental assistance. The program has been administered by Somerset County using $7.7 million in Federal COVID-relief funds. Since Somerset County launched the program in August 2021, more than 1,700 families have been helped to stay in the homes and communities they love.
As of April 12, 2022, Somerset County has allocated all of its current ERAP funding and is no longer accepting new applications. However, additional Federal funds may become available in the coming weeks and months, and residents who may benefit from ERAP are encouraged to provide their contact information to be notified immediately if applications open up again by visiting https://webapps.co.somerset.nj.us/services/erap/default.aspx. Any applications already received are being processed in the order in which they were received.
Feeling anxious or afraid because of what is going on? New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists. In addition, a free emotional support helpline is offering assistance in American Sign Language to deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans who can call the videophone helpline at 973-870-0677; direct communication in sign language will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by live trained specialists. Visit the Mental Health Association in New Jersey at NJ MentalHealthCares.
Anyone with questions, issues, or new claims should continue to go to https://myunemployment.nj.gov or contact the call center for Central Jersey at 732-761-2020 to resolve their situation. New claims should also be filed through the website. Other access phone numbers are: North Jersey, 201-601-4100; Southern Jersey: 856-507-2340. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Customers are advised to call at non-peak times, in the afternoon.
A reminder that unemployment benefits are taxable by the federal government and have to be reported as income by claimants when they file their federal income taxes (it does not have to be reported on state income taxes). So, 1099-G forms were sent via email to unemployment insurance claimants throughout the month of January, 2022.
A claimant also may view the information in their Form 1099G, by visiting https://myunemployment.nj.gov/ and selecting the ‘Check claim status’ option. Here’s what you need to do. The Department notes that it must report on the 1099-G all benefits paid during the calendar year even if the payment was ultimately determined to be an overpayment.
The Department of Labor also created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.gov and follow these instructions:
- On the top navigation bar, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and left-click for the drop down menu
- Left-click on “Send an Email”
- Left-click on Submit a message through our new online form.
- Follow the prompts by answering nine questions and hitting “submit”
Temporary disability, WFNJ and NJ SNAP
For temporary disability and family leave information, visit benefits myleavebenefits.nj.gov.
Executive Order 103, issued by Gov. Phil Murphy in 2020, modified some requirements for WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ) and the New Jersey Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP). Those modifications have ended.
All applicants for WFNJ and NJ SNAP benefits are encouraged to file online at www.NJHelps.org; if the applicant or recipients requests a face-to-face meeting, County Welfare Agencies must accommodate the request.
Contact Career Services
One-Stop Career Center – Hunterdon County: This office is open for appointment-only, in-person career-related services throughout the week. Services will also continue to be provided by phone, email and Zoom. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the number below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 Gauntt Place
Flemington, NJ 08822
One-Stop Career Training Center – Somerset County – This office is open for in-person visits. Appointments are suggested and walk-ins will be accommodated as service levels permit. Services will also continue to be provided provided by phone, email and Zoom. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the number below or email email@example.com.
27 Warren Street, 2nd Floor
Somerville, NJ 08876