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Find A Job: Job Search Assistance and Placement
Are you looking for a job? At the Bergen County One-Stop Career Center, you will receive assistance with resume writing, interview skills, and the career search. We have computers with Internet connections and printers available as well as telephones, fax machines, and copiers — all free of charge. We are here to assist you through the job search process to successful employment. Our extensive resource library contains books, videotapes, and other materials for you to use.
At the Bergen One-Stop Career Center, you will be able to meet with an Employment Interviewer who can assist you with your job search, review your education/work history, and help match your skills to jobs available in your area.
Employment Interviewers are in constant contact with local employers and in tune with the local labor market. They can search their databank for jobs that interest you and, if you meet the employer’s qualifications, refer you to job openings. Whenever possible, they’ll even schedule an interview for you!
Interviewers can assist you by showing you all that is available at the One-Stop and get you pointed in the right direction. They can show you how to do your own job search at the One-Stop or at home on your own home computer. They can also assist you in posting your resume on the Internet (New Jersey Career Connections), or if you need assistance in developing a resume, can schedule you for a resume writing workshop. Do you need additional assistance to determine your personal plan-of-action? Let one of our Employment Counselors help you. See a clerk at the first-floor One-Stop Information Desk.
Recruitment events are held at the Business Resource Center, first floor, to give job seekers access to employers eager to hire qualified workers.
New Jersey Career Connections
New Jersey Career Connections is a State site that allows job seekers to list resumes, search a nationwide listing of job openings, research demand occupations, and find training institutions — all free of charge. Learn more about this service.
Job Search Readiness Workshops
Job seekers may attend a variety of free workshops at the Bergen One-Stop Career Center. View the workshop calendar.
- Re-employment Orientation (RO): English & Spanish sessions. Required to become familiar with One-Stop services
- Jersey Job Club
- Effective Job Search
- Internet Job Search
- Interviewing Skills
- Interview Role Play: Bring Your Resume
- Labor Market Information
- Market Yourself with a Winning Resume
- Self-Management Skills Workshop
- Transferable Skills for Displaced Homemakers
Get Career Development, Education, and Training
Jersey Job Club
Jersey Job Clubs provide structured employment directed workshops and peer-support opportunities to job seekers. Learn more about the Jersey Job Club.
Training and Workshops
If you need to upgrade your present skills or need to be re-trained in order to return to the job market, attend a Career Beacon Training Workshop at the One-Stop Career Center. Learn more about job search readiness workshops.
Offered through the Bergen One-Stop,E-Connect andMetrix give you access to over 2,500 online courses from various career fields. Many courses are certified for college credit and/or Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Classroom Training and Additional Benefits (ABT)
If you haven’t been able to find employment after documented participation in core and intensive services, your case manager may discuss training options with you:
- You may be eligible for Additional Unemployment Benefits while in Training (ABT) no matter how your training is funded, but only if a State counselor approves your training plan before you enroll, and your unemployment claim meets certain requirements. Learn more about additional benefits while in training.
- Tuition Waivers issued by the New Jersey State Employment Service allow qualified unemployed individuals to attend courses at public colleges, provided there is space after paying students have registered. Courses must be in an identifiable job skill in a demand occupation. Learn more about tuition waivers.
Workforce Learning Link
The Workforce Learning Link provides adult learners with HSE (high school equivalency diploma) preparation and the ability to upgrade educational skills in reading, writing, and math.
Adult Job Seekers
Dislocated Worker Services
If you have been terminated, laid off, or were self-employed and had to close your business due to the economy or a disaster, you may be eligible for dislocated worker services.
Job Seekers with Disabilities
If you have a documented disability, and your disability prevents you from getting or keeping a job, contact Bergen County Division of Rehabilitation Services (DVR), or click here to learn more about the state’s program and the One-Stop services for job seekers with disabilities.
Displaced Homemaker Program
The Displaced Homemaker Program at the One-Stop is for “women in transition” who have been dependent on the income of another household member, but due to changes, must now support themselves and/or their family. Programs are free to those who qualify. Learn more about the Displaced Homemaker Program in Bergen County.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is available for laid-off workers. For new claims call 201-601-4100 (English) or 201-601-4112 (Spanish) or file a claim online for unemployment benefits. If you are having are having difficulty with your claim, you may speak with a UI representative on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone lines and computers are available at the One-Stop free of charge.
Senior Job Seekers (55+)
If you are 55 and over and have low income, the WorkForce 55+ program offers various job search assistance programs. The aim of WorkForce 55+ is to help seniors return to the work place through an exciting program in which you earn while you learn. WorkForce 55+ participants receive the counseling, assessment, and training necessary to enable them to be placed in unsubsidized employment. Learn more about Workforce 55+.
Veteran Job Seekers
If you are a qualified veteran of the U.S. military, a Veterans Representative can assist you with your job search. The Jobs for Veterans Act affords “priority of service” to veterans and spouses seeking employment, training, and placement services provided by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Learn more about priority of service for eligible veterans and spouses and One-Stop services for Veteran job seekers.
Youth Job Seekers
At-Risk Youth Services
WIOA funds support programs at local facilities for youth who are economically disadvantaged, displaced, or who have other special needs. Programs are available for in-school and out-of-school youth. Staff members work with the guidance counselors and support staff from area high schools and local community organizations to identify needy students. One-Stop services include improvement of education competencies, connections to employers, mentoring, training, supportive services, and opportunities related to leadership, decision making, citizenship, and community service. Learn more about state services for youth.