By Jim Lawenda, Co-Chair, Marketing Committee
As you know, there is a wealth of information available to help in both your career choice and job search during your time in transition. Our goal with this section of the Transition to Success newsletter is to share and invite you to use the resources’ provided by the NJ Department of Labor. The state recently redesigned the website for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and it is well worth a few minutes of your time. The website to look for jobs is: http://www.njpin.net Check it out!
While everyone’s needs are different, there are a number of locations within this site that might be beneficial to you as you work towards reemployment. You can access information easily from the Highlights section, such as: Unemployment Benefits and Extension information, Jobs in Demand today and in the future, and Elevate America, the program with Microsoft which offers free vouchers for E-learning courses to enable you to get the IT skills, training and resources’ you need to compete for many of today’s jobs.
Another area you might find valuable relates to career change. The DOL has provided a series of short videos capturing a visual introduction to a number of careers. The videos can be downloaded for free. The home page also has a Frequently Asked Questions tab which takes you to an abundance of questions and answers. In addition, the site provides its “Questions of the Week” located at the bottom right of the home page. Lastly, if you dig a little, you will notice that there is a page dedicated to PSG.
While the DOL web site is rich with information, remember, if you have a question that you don’t find an answer to, you can ask the representatives in the Career One Stop Center or our PSG facilitator, Rick Peterson. Their office is located at 75 Veterans Memorial Drive in Somerville and phone number is 908-704-3000.