Career Development and Training in New Jersey

Career Development and Training in New Jersey

Jobs4Jersey

Jobs4Jersey is the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD) online portal created to connect jobseekers with employers. New Jersey offers self-service career help through web site tools such as job search engines, skills assessments, and resume and cover letter tutorials. One Stop Career Centers (OSCC) are designed for a more personal experience.

Thirty-four OSCCs are conveniently located statewide. Professional counselors offer one-on-one support with career planning. Workshops are regularly scheduled to help with resume writing, interviewing skills, and other job preparation practices.

For employers, OSCCs find qualified individuals to meet hiring objectives. OSCC Business Representatives can conduct initial meetings to screen and pre-qualify candidates, or companies may use an OSCC Business Resource Center to interview applicants in a fully-equipped, professional office setting.

Several training and educational opportunities are accessible through Jobs4Jersey as well. Whether one needs to brush up on basic skills, requires courses to receive certifications, or seeks new career paths, programs are available through DLWD.

The Entrepreneurial Training Program for the Unemployed (ETPU) is another option provided by DLWD. This initiative is for individuals who are unemployed yet seek to become self-employed. Unemployment benefits are replaced by EPTU wages while entrepreneurs go through mandatory training programs. Mandatory job search requirements are waived ETPU participants.

Courses in basic business skills, tax and human resource laws, and other activities associated with starting a business are administered and take place within a community college setting. Interested parties must apply at their local OSCC.

Jobs fairs, tuition assistance, peer job clubs and counseling are offered through Jobs4Jersey as well. For more information, visit jobs4jersey.com/jobs4jersey/jobseekers/JJC_Index.html

BioNJ

BioNJ is New Jersey's leading trade association representing the biosciences industry. The organization's mission is to ensure that New Jersey maintains its world-renowned reputation as the leading source of biotech talent and innovative life sciences solutions. BioNJ's theory is that in order to continue to maintain New Jersey's position as the global leader in the sector, connecting individuals and businesses with the educational resources, recruitment vehicles and funding opportunities is essential.

Life Sciences Talent Network

The BioNJ Life Science Talent Network (LSTN) is designed to bring the state's professionals together with major players in the biotechnology industry. By using online job search resources, community educators, human capital recruitment firms, and public and private financial support, BioNJ LSTN facilitates growth.

Talent Matching - Candidates can post resumes and search for jobs. Employers can post jobs and search through resumes. Skills assessments and occupational information are accessible as well.

A bioscience skills database is available. This is a useful tool for jobseekers who must properly convey capabilities on resumes, or when using online application software. Corporations seeking specific talent can search through an inventory of technical qualifications when composing job descriptions. This database ensures that individuals most suited for positions are considered.

Customized Training – BioNJ has partnered with NJ Consortium of Community Colleges (NJCCC) to provide grants to employers seeking to maintain competitive human resources through training and development. The NJCCC writes training grants and designs customized curricula to meet the needs of New Jersey biotech companies at no charge.

For more information on these and several other BioNJ programs, visit www.bionjtalentnetwork.org.