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The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board will continue to update partners and the community about current webinars, programs, training opportunities and more as workforce system services evolve because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The state has launched a Cov-19 Information Hub page which has links to a vast amount of information and resources, including for businesses and community members. A COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal also is now open and will be updated regularly. Users can navigate the portal and filter by keyword and location, simply by using the question box at the top of the page as a search box. Type in a county name or a position and the jobs will be filtered. This functionality also works from the main Hub site.
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.
The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce also has developed this career dashboard featuring these job openings and others from around the state.
The GRWDB is directly responsible for program oversight of the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Service 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 as well. Watch it and start learning from home. This resource also has been developed for Spanish-language users.
The GRWDB also has developed some new content for helping job seekers. Listen to these webinars at your own 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.
In the Greater Raritan area, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Service Centers at 6 Gauntt Place in Flemington and 27 Warren St. in Somerville are closed to in-person visits. Staff are continuing to assist customers over the phone, via email and through virtual appointments. Customers are asked to call 908-541-5780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
In addition, the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center at 75 Veterans Memorial Drive in Somerville is not offering in-person service. For the health and safety of staff and customers, services will continue to be offered virtually or by telephone only. For information on career services, call 908-704-3000.
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.
Virtual career services for job seekers also are highlighted on the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website.
If you need help with digital services and devices, your local library system is 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.
Job seekers affected by COVID are also invited to join the New Jersey Career Network Job Seeker Community where they can network with peers, get advice from volunteer coaches, and participate in a variety of virtual career events. For more information, please email email@example.com.
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. The One-Stop can provide this information during one-on-one counseling sessions, but other resources exist that can be accessed at anytime, anywhere. They include:
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.
Other first-stop national resources for career exploration and guidance include the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Competency Model Clearinghouse and CareerOneStop, which provides detailed information and links to virtual career and job services.
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.
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.
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.
Information on individual recruitment events conducted at the One Stop Career Centers in Flemington and Somerville can also be viewed on the calendar here.
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:
And here are some additional community resources to consider:
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.
Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Disabilities Committee resource guide of services
Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Literacy Committee resource guide of services
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.
New Start Career Network for older (ages 45+), long-term unemployed New Jersey job seekers offers a host of support groups and online resources. This includes this webinars page which can be used for individual or group training.
NORWESCAP Career & Life Transitions Centers, in North Plainfield (Somerset County), Flemington (Hunterdon County) and Washington (Warren County)
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. As an example, here’s the fall 2020 catalog. The college also offers free computer software training programs in partnership with the NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and the NJ Community College Consortium, with funding from the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Courses are designed to upgrade basic skill levels on popular computer programs for business use, such as Microsoft Office. To be eligible for these free courses, you must be employed at least 20 hours a week by a New Jersey business and you submit a completed NJBIA Registration Form.
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.
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.
Support groups can be foud at the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse.
Center for Non-Profits, umbrella organization for advocacy, resources, training and information for New Jersey non-profits: Job Openings Quick Link
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 also has launched a child-care tuition assistance program to help with care for children who have remote learning schedules due to COVID-19.
Hunterdon County Coronavirus updates are available on the county website here.
Somerset County Coronavirus updates are available on the county website here. The county also has posted a community activities resource list which can be found here. In addition, Somerset County is providing rental assistance to families that can demonstrate a COVID-related loss of income. The State of New Jersey also has launched a program to provide housing assistance to families that can demonstrate a COVID-related loss of income.
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.
All unemployment-related services are being done online or through the call centers. Customers who need to file new unemploymentclaims are asked to apply online at https://myunemployment.nj.gov.
Customers unable to access the Internet should call the following numbers: North Jersey, 201-601-4100; Central Jersey, 732-761-2020; Southern Jersey: 856-507-2340.
Additional personnel have been added to the call centers in an effort to expanded capacity.
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, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop down menu
- Choose Send an Email
- Choose Email: Submit a message through our new online form.
- Follow the prompts
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, modifies some requirements for WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ) and the New Jersey Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP), in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.
Effective immediately, 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. All WFNJ and NJ SNAP appointments are moving to telephone interviews, including eligibility and redetermination appointments, and child support interviews.
In addition, the redetermination period since for March has been extended; work activity requirements for NJ SNAP and WFNJ customers have been temporarily suspended; and the sanction process for WFNJ recipients and the disqualification for NJ SNAP recipients have been temporarily suspended. More details can be found here.
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