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New Jersey Launches Jobs4Jersey.com

 

Can New Jersey pair its many job-seeking residents with open job slots?

On last week, state and industry leaders unveiled a matchmaking website created by the state to pair job seekers and employers by skill sets — a cost-free service for users that took two years to create.

The new online portal, found at Jobs4Jersey.com, may have to compete with bigger job-search sites online — and has bowed to the reality of listing jobs in New York and Philadelphia.

But officials who want to reduce the statewide jobless rate of 9.6 percent — the fifth highest among the states and the highest in the region — hope workers use the site to find careers where their skills are in demand — even in industries they had not considered.

"We want to look past the job title," said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who joined with PSE&G Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Izzo at the company's Newark headquarters to hail the state's foray into the job market. "With this resource, employers can focus on finding exact skills they need, rather than having to filter that for themselves."

The site allows employers to input job listings, sweep all job seekers' resumes for keywords to identify candidates and use the portal as a customized database for their in-house hiring process.

In a yearlong test run, more than 100,000 job seekers — many receiving state assistance — responded to mailed-in fliers asking them to upload their resumes.

Funded and created through a federal Department of Labor grant of $389,300 for its first two years, the site already lists 258,000 available jobs in or near New Jersey.

"We plan to continue using federal workforce development grants to continue the service in coming years," said Brian Murray, director of communications and marketing for the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Guadagno said the portal also will include jobs within a 50-mile radius of the state — including New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland and all commutable regions. "We know that about 10 percent of the people in New Jersey work in other states," said Mary Ellen Clark, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which led the project's development.

The software used by the state for the multifunctional search portal can grab job listings from other free online job sites no matter where they originate, Clark said. The search engine had been provided for another use, but business and industry advocates have spent two years helping refine it, following a similar, but less-advanced, template for a state job site used in Kentucky.

Email: fletcher@northjersey.com for more information on this story!

Career Pathways Webinar to Be Hosted by ACF on August 28 - Register Now!

The Office of Family Assistance in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families is pleased to announce a Webinar on supporting low-income individuals on a path to self-sufficiency by building stackable credentials.

Stackable Credentials and Career Pathway Opportunities for TANF Participants, August 28, 2012

The Webinar, "Stackable Credentials and Career Pathway Opportunities for TANF Participants" is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT.

The Webinar is designed for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies, workforce organizations, and other human services stakeholders, and will offer an overview of the strategies that can be used to provide low-income individuals with stackable credentials that will lead to long-term, sustainable employment. The Webinar will:

  • Feature information on what stackable credentials and career pathways are and how they can help low-income individuals achieve success;
  • Provide information on methods for stackable credential/career pathways program design as well as methods for integrating these components into transitional jobs and subsidized employment programs; and
  • Encourage collaboration between government agencies and community partners to better serve TANF participants.

Presenters include representatives from:

  • Jay Landau and Nancy Phillips, Heartland Human Care Services - Heartland Alliance.
  • Danielle Kressin, Judy Montrude, and Nola Speiser, Minnesota FastTRAC Initiative.
  • Liza Ehrlich, New York City Parks Opportunity Program (POP).
  • John House, Edmonds Community College.

Register for the Webinar Here.

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