Somerset County Government: Career-Related Services Available Through One-Stop Career Centers
As extended unemployment benefits linked to the pandemic expire on September 4, thousands of businesses across New Jersey are in need of workers, and partners in the state’s workforce systems stand ready to help with a range of in-person and virtual career-related services.
One-Stop Career Center offices have been closed to in-person services since March 2020, but have moved to a virtual delivery model and offer career webinars, virtual briefings, case management and more. remote services using digital and telephone models.
Over the past few months, many County One-Stop Workforce Development Boards and Vocational Training Centers have evolved into hybrid operations offering in-person, appointment-only services as well as a virtual suite of services developed by partners over the past 17 months.
State-run one-stop career centers currently operate remotely only, with career-related services available virtually and over the phone. A return date for appointment-only services at state-run centers has not been determined.
Residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties who need assistance with career-related services can contact the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Council and its local system partners. Services include virtual briefings for companies hiring in both counties; since the start of 2021, more than 1,400 people have taken part in 40 sessions and new events continue to be planned. More information on GRWDB and system partner programs can be found in the Events / Calendar tab of www.thegrwdb.org/.
Other free services offered at state and county centers include job search assistance, resume reviews, career advice, career-related webinars and workshops, scholarship information training for the unemployed and underemployed; and connection to career services for low-income residents. Job seekers and underemployed residents are also encouraged to register with SkillUp Greater Raritan, a free online portal offering more than 6,000 courses focusing on topics such as business, IT and health.
The New Jersey Workforce System Partners connect employers and job seekers, with the goal of creating a strong economy for all stakeholders. The partners are reaching out to all members of the community about the many career services available due to the September 4 deadline for the end of extended unemployment benefits. On September 4, extended unemployment benefits under the US federal bailout law will end, as will additional weekly benefits of $ 300 affecting approximately 200,000 New Jersey residents.
The New Jersey Workforce System partners stand ready to help these beneficiaries and other job seekers by connecting them to the thousands of open positions in the region. With competition for vacancies tighter than it has been for many years, many industries are offering increased hourly wages and even signing bonuses as part of offers to attract and retain talent. workers.
In-person unemployment services that were available at most state one-stop career centers were suspended in March 2020 and will no longer be available in those locations for the foreseeable future.
All job seekers are welcome to submit new applications, update existing ones, or ask questions about their applications online at https://myunemployment.nj.gov. Claimants can call Unemployment Services at 732-761-2020. An expanded call center, along with redirected staff from the Ministry of Labor, have increased staff capacity to deal with caller issues and better manage the record number of unemployment claims opened since the start of the pandemic.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development also recently launched Job Source, which offers a variety of tools designed to help fuel a successful job search experience. Users can create a free account and get job search tips and templates, resume writing, cover letters, and many other free services.
Weekly text alerts highlighting career and employment opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties are available by sending “onestop” to 565-12. Contact the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Council at [email protected] or 908-541-5790.
This press release was produced by the Somerset County Government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.