On April 20, 2012, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDLWD) announced “Jobs4Jersey” on its website as a multi-service online resource for linking jobseekers with employers. Officials described the site as a virtual one-stop place to bring jobseekers together with the businesses considered at the forefront of New Jersey’s economic development, and that users will find the website to be a quick and easy portal to the vast and previously scattered assortment of state and federal data, weblinks, and programs designed to assist with training, financial assistance, and advice.
Anita Davis, Program Manager of KRA’s Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment Program* in Camden, New Jersey, considers the new website an effective tool for assisting program staff in meeting the employment needs of their jobseeker-customers. Recently, she reported, “The KRA Camden office has included registration on the Jobs4Jersy website as a requirement for initial enrollment in the program. With guidance from our staff, our jobseekers create online employment profiles and resumes; increase their knowledge about marketing their skills to employers; and identify opportunities that match their particular abilities, personality, and job skills. We also assist them in preparing for job fairs that are being hosted by NJDLWD or a partnering agency.
Davis continued, once a profile and resume are posted, the customer can receive emails related to employers who have open opportunities that match their skills. We also assist them in learning about ‘in-demand’ careers, as well as grants to pay for the training opportunities identified by the NJDLWD. It’s only been 7 weeks since the launch, but already KRA Camden customers tell us that they really appreciate the information and resources offered on the web site.”
*KRA Camden operates four distinct programs for its jobseeker populations: (1) The Community Work Experience/Job Skills Training Program for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) participants; (2) the General Assistance Program for public-assistance recipients who do not have children in their care; (3) the Open-Entry Program for customers “under sanction”, i.e., without TANF benefits due to noncompliance; and (4) the Youth Employability and Success Program for Out-of-School Youth.