NJ Libraries Help Job Seekers

Exciting Initiatives at New Jersey Libraries
Libraries thrive, communities benefitRead More

gmnews.com  |  By Christine Barcia |  7/28/15

Greater Media newspapers takes a look at libraries across central and coastal NJ that are offering programs and services that make them the center of their communities. Read more...


Need a job? Your neighbor may be your best resourceRead More

DailyRecord.com   |   Written by Lorraine Ash  |  2/04/13

Former CNN cameraman Michael Gittelman of Morris Plains knows his field. Yet it took him 13 months — from his November 2011 layoff to last week — to land a new full-time position. Read more...

Social Media Tools for People in Job Transition @ Maywood Public LibraryRead More

Date:   2/7/13  Time:   1:00 pm

Learn how to harness our connections through social media with career coach, Alex Freund. Held in the Hackbarth Auditorium.

Maywood Public Library
459 Maywood Ave

Linden Public Library Sponsors Job Resources SeminarRead More

njtoday.net   |   1/7/2013

The Linden Public Library will hold a job resources seminar on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. This informative session is designed for job hunters, career changers and recent graduates and will feature print and on-line resources available at the library. Read more...

New Brunswick Library to Host Veterans Benefits FairRead More

New Brunswick Patch
Jennifer Bradshaw  |    1/4/13
The New Brunswick Free Public Library has announced a free veterans benefit fair on Jan. 12 to assist local veterans and their families. Read more...

Career Services @ Maywood Public LibraryRead More

The Maywood Public Library is offering Job Readiness Workshops, and Neighbors Helping Neighbors meetings and Computer Training Classes

‘Job Readiness Workshop’ covers resume writing, cover letters and thank you letters, soft skills, interviewing and customer service. Resume and Cover Letter, Monday, December 10, 2012. Interviewing and Thank you Letter, Tuesday, December 12, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ (NHN) is a career support group meeting in the Hackbarth Auditorium every Thursday until December 20th. Membership is free and is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed or underemployed individuals, recent college graduates, non-profit and education as well as persons reentering the job market, struggling small business owners and retirees looking for part-time or volunteer work. Attendance is open.

Computer Training Classes: ‘Success Starts With You’ Computer Basic’s. Learn the functions of a keyboard, & word processing, plus learn how to send an email or a resume successfully. 5 people max per class. Registration is required. Instructed by Denis Kallimanis. Session 1: Thursdays, Dec. 13th, 20th, & 27th at 4:00p.m.- 5:15p.m. in the Trinka Room.

Maywood Public Library
459 Maywood Avenue

Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Read More

Date: September 13, 2012   Time:  1:00 pm

NHN is a free, successful Peer-led volunteer support and networking group targeted to individuals who are actively looking for work and interested in reinvigorating their job search. Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed or underemployed individuals, recent college graduates, anyone in the fields of business, non-profit and education as well as persons reentering the job market, struggling small business owners and retirees looking for part-time or volunteer work. Attendance is open.

Maywood Public Library
459 Maywood Ave

Job Search Programs @ Piscataway Public LibraryRead More

The Kennedy Branch of Piscataway Public Library will be hosting a series of 
job search help programs starting September 13 at 7pm and continuing every 
Thursday evening through October 11. Topics include Interviewing Skills, 
Resume Writing, Cover Letters, LinkedIn and the Job Search, and "Hidden 
Opportunities" and the Job Search. 

Kearny to hold job fair at public library Read More

June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kearny Public Library

A job fair featuring almost 30 employers is coming to Kearny, an event geared to match qualified West Hudson area residents with jobs. Read the full article.

Looking For a Summer Job? Seasonal Job Fair: Wednesday, May 9thRead More

Ocean County Library is hosting hosting a job fair for ages 16-26 at the Toms River branch on May 9.

For more information, click here.

Holt visits East Brunswick, Monroe to unveil library billsRead More

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt toured area libraries on Thursday, January 12.

Read the full article here.

NJWorks@yourlibraryRead More

NJWorks@yourlibrary: It’s time…to land that job!

New Jersey public libraries are positioned to help job seekers search for employment opportunities and improve their skills. In partnership with the New Jersey Community College Consortium, local public libraries across the state are currently offering a variety of classes, teaching: basic computer skills; how to conduct online job searches and fill out online applications; professional email account set up and etiquette; and effective writing for resumes and cover letters. Residents can gain 24/7 access to powerful career and educational databases including LearningExpress’ Job & Career Accelerator, Gale Cengage’s Career Transitions and McGraw Hill’s GED Online. Residents can also select from a collection of over 400 career videos designed to provide interactive training and allow participants to address individual employment-related issues at their own pace.

For more information, visit www.njworks.org.

Find NJWorks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn!

BTOP Grant Computer Training for Job Seekers Begins in Mercer CountyRead More

Computer training classes to help job seekers improve their computer and job search skills under the NJ State Library’s $5.1 million Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant are underway in Mercer County at the libraries in Lawrenceville, Hightstown and Princeton. The classes are offered through Mercer County Community College and focus on the basic computer skills needed by every job applicant to make them more confident and self sufficient.

Learn more in this newsletter.

South Jersey Works - Employment Assistance OnlineRead More

South Jersey Works is a new initiative for job seekers made available by a grant awarded to the NJ Library Association from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s program called Project Connect. The objective of Project Connect is to “expand the reach of the One-Stop Career Centers to underserved populations by providing guided, self-service venues complementary to and in concert with the full-service offerings at the existing One-Stop Career Centers.”

Partners in SouthJersey Works currently include the six county library systems in South Jersey (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, and Gloucester), the InfoLink Regional Library Cooperative, the Department of Labor, and the One-Stop Career Centers in the area.

Visitors to the South Jersey Works website are offered an assortment of resources, such as real-time reference chat assistance and a vast collection of internet links related to job hunting, education and training, and career guidance. Additional features offer a searchable directory of organizations in those six counties and a calendar of computer and job readiness classes at participating libraries (such as a series of Workplace Basics Boot Camp workshops and using LinkedIn as part of the job seeking process).

Career TransitionsAnother component of South Jersey Works is Career Transitions, a database offered at participating libraries.  Users can access the database at their library or remotely with their library card. A product developed by Gale, the resource assists first time job hunters, persons who have become unemployed, or those who are interested in a career change. First time visitors can view a short informational video and can opt to create a profile or continue using the database without a login.

Career Transitions enables users to to utilize a guided process to evaluate their strengths, analyze their interests, and explore careers, industries, and companies.  This includes an interest assessment application which covers 60 various work activities and a career discovery tool that permits users to set three targets (geographic, career, and industry). Career Transitions also comprises a six-step resume builder which incorporates a career toolkit for users to prepare, save, and update their personal information.  Another component, the job application wizard, allows users to save their references and to apply for positions which match the user’s criteria and targets. This comprehensive resource also contains related articles, interviewing tips, networking help, and information about adult educational opportunities and low-fee distance learning courses.

Career Transitions will be made available to all public libraries in New Jersey starting July 2011.

Job & Career AcceleratorRead More

As part of a grant received by the NJ State Library, libraries across the state are proud to be able to provide all of our patrons with access to the LearningExpress Job and Career Accelerator. This electronic resource is a comprehensive and easy-to-use job search application that integrates each part of the job search process in one place. You will have the ability to use interactive wizards to guide you through each step of the search process from recommending occupations, to fetching up to the minute job postings based on your career preferences.

Further, because it is connected to the LearningExpress Library, you will also have access to skill improvement courses and occupational practice tests based on your work preferences and goals. Additional features of this tool include:

- Exploration of more than 1000 detailed occupational profiles with typical wage information, activites, responsibilties, and requirements

- Occupation Matcher assessment tool

- Ability to create professional and tailored resumes and cover letters

- Resources to improve interviewing and networking skills

-Tips, advice and checklists for more effective job searching

- Ability to track your entire job search progress

Check your local library's website for access.