This past summer the state allotted $1.2 million toward the creation of six talent networks in New Jersey’s top industrial sectors. For its Technology & Entrepreneurship Talent Network, or TETN, the state put the NJ Technology Council in charge.

Since November the NJTC has taken its “Bridging the Gap Job Skills Workshop” around the state to provide job seekers with up-to-date information on technology jobs and trends, interviewing skills, networking skills, best practices, and job search resources. On Wednesday, December 14, the NJTC will host a free “Bridging the Gap” workshop at DeVry University in New Brunswick, beginning at 8 a.m. Visit www.njtc.org or call 856-787-9700.

The main objectives of the TETN are to create an infrastructure and support network for individuals seeking careers in IT and software, communications, life sciences, electronics, advanced manufacturing, energy, and environment. It also looks to craft a similar set-up for people starting and growing early-stage businesses.

“Bridging the Gap” allows job hunters to network with companies and to hear from industry experts, education and training providers, and career counselors. Members of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), which oversees the talent networks, will also be on hand with information about programs and services to assist in the job search.

The workshops typically begin with networking, followed by sessions on interviewing tips, the power of networking, job skills, best practices, and putting together a plan of action.

The LWD has launched a new website and search engine specifically for New Jersey job seekers.

OnRamp, the state’s job-centric search engine, is part of LWD’s Jobs4Jersey.com website. Unlike existing state websites that only post job openings in the state government departments, Jobs4Jersey posts resources that connect job hunters with the private sector. It also points job hunters and employers through the maze of state and federal services.

OnRamp allows job seekers to upload and customize resumes, akin to public sites such as Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com. Visitors can access the job opportunities listed on 2,400 websites with one search through OnRamp.

OnRamp also allows job seekers to customize their profiles and to create multiple job searches by geography, salary, industry, or keywords.

According to the LWD, nearly 24,000 residents already have signed up for the service.

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