Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions and resources. They may provide the answers you are looking for!
Check out My Career Builder tab at the top of the page.
There is a wealth of labor market information that NJ’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides. Check out their site and their new monthly Real Time Jobs in Demand list.
Visit NJ Commission on Higher Education site for a listing of colleges in NJ.
For a listing of colleges across the nation, go to www.petersons.com.
For a listing of colleges worldwide and nationwide by career interest, go to www.braintrack.com/colleges-by-career.
This web site—www.mymajors.com—provides the Top 100 College Majors with broad category breakdowns, e.g. health professions and related clinical sciences, and information on specific majors within categories, e.g., healthcare administration or nursing. Further, it describes each major, provides a quiz to determine if the major is right for you, and lists required and elective courses you might take under a specific major. Also, it provides a list of potential jobs in the major area, starting and mid-career salaries, and colleges and universities offering these specific majors.
While there are many websites for help, you should never have to pay anyone or any agency for this information. To begin, however, you should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. For additional USDOE (U.S. Department of Education) information on preparing for and funding college education, including financial aid and scholarships, check out www.mymajors.com/content_college_planning.cfm. Also, check out details on the NJSTARS (Student Tuition Assistance Reward) Program and NJSTARS II at www.njstars.net . NJSTARS is a scholarship program just for NJ residents. It covers tuition costs and approved fees at 19 NJ community colleges. NJSTARS II provides additional scholarships for those students in the NJSTARS program who earn their associate degrees and want to transfer to a NJ state four-year college.
The SAT is a qualifying test that many higher ed schools require as part of admission. To learn more about the test, get practice questions, and to register, go to www.collegeboard.com.
There are a lot of great jobs that don’t require a college education, but do require other training. Day and evening technical training programs can be found by a visit to the NJ Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education site at www.nj.gov/education/cte. Learn about the innovative programs at 21 county vo-tech schools statewide that link academics with real-world career training at www.njccvts.org.
You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance. You can file online or by phone. All the information you will need can be found on the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development web site.
You also may need upgraded or additional training to get your next job. Funding may be available through the One-Stop Career Centers and counselors can help you decide what is right for you. Locations of all the OSCCs can be found off the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s home page.
You can also see a listing of the training providers the State uses for grants at www.njtopps.com.
Have you graduated college and wonder how you will find a job with a Humanities, Art or Liberal Arts degree? If you have, there is help out there. A few web sites include: http://www.simplyhired.com, http://www.rileyguide.com, and http://www.artshumanitiesjobs.com. Also check out resources under My Career Builder Step 2—Career Exploration on this NJ Next Stop web site, e.g., http://www.braintrack.com. This site, under its Career Guide, lists 31 occupations within the Arts and Entertainment industry with valuable information on the number of jobs, growth from 2008-2018, salary, and degree level needed.
While there is a lot of important information on the Department of Labor website under Job Seeker, you can also visit your local One-Stop Career Center for assistance. Also check out http://jobs4jersey.com which has some of the state's best online tools for finding work.
Check out About.com Job Searching for lots of help from resume writing (including your resume objective), formats, and tips to sample resumes and resume cover letters and templates for both. The site includes help with online and video resumes, as well (http://www.jobsearch.about.com/od/sampleletters/ig/Sample-Letter-Formats/Sample-Cover-Letter-template.htm). Also check out http://www.career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writingtips/jobs.aspx which offers lots of free advice, specific examples and sample resumes and cover letters. It also offers suggestions about some common resume dilemmas—e.g., employment gaps, job hopping, and helps with cover letters for unemployed job seekers.
There are special rules for minors about the type of work you can do and the types of equipment you can operate. If you are under age 18, you will also need working papers to get that job. The Department’s Wage and Hour division can provide all the information you need regarding child labor laws and working papers.
The Military Occupational Classifications (MOC) crosswalk has been updated (over 10,000 occupations) by the Department of Defense and incorporated into O*Net Online and My Next Move for Veterans. Transitioning military personnel can use their military code or title to discover related civilian occupations/careers within O*Net Online's Military Crosswalk Search: http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC or at My Next Move for Veterans site: http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/find/military. (Source: Washington Workforce Development News, May 30, 2012)
Information about work-related issues, as well as local office listing can be found on the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) page.
Specifically, check out http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/dvrs/disabled/Transition.html for students within two years of graduation or exit from the school system with a defined disability, who will need further assistance after graduation in order to maintain employment in the community.
Check out the wide variety of services for individuals with disabilities, from vocational counseling and guidance, to placement services that could include on-the-job training (OJT), supported employment or time-limited placement and coaching. DVRS provides services that enable individuals with disabilities to find jobs or keep their existing jobs. In addition, DVRS can help with skills and college training, driver training and vehicle and home modifications.
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To learn more about the State Employment and Training Commission, visit us at www.njsetc.net.