Career-training workshops, typically conducted in person in different locations in Somerset and Hunterdon counties, are going virtual as the local workforce system adapts to the changing needs of the community members it serves because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The workshops, to be presented in early May, are organized and presented by Jan Goodman, community outreach specialist and career coach for Greater Raritan One Stop Career Services, which provides career-coaching, training grants and other services for the unemployed and underemployed in the two counties.

Mastering the Interview will be presented in a Zoom workshop from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday, May 4.

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Participants will explore how to prepare for an interview, become familiar with questions to expect, and cover the questions they should think about asking. The program is presented with the Professional Service Group of Central NJ. No registration is required, but participants must have Zoom loaded on their home-based computers.

To receive instructions on how to access the webinar, email Mary Usher at mausher@hotmail.com.

The Art of Effective Communication will be presented in a Zoom workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.

The program is designed to help participants review different communication models, and establish their own effective skills when talking and dealing with others. The program is presented with Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties. For this program, pre-registration is required to receive a Zoom invitation.

Call Elize Prezant at 908-725-7799, Ext. 108, or email eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org.

Goodman is working with other community partners to plan and sponsor other career workshops virtually. Her colleagues in Greater Raritan One Stop Career Services are also continuing to work remotely with clients.

For more information about training and career services, email onestop@co.somerset.nj.us or call 908-541-5780.

Earlier this month, the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board also began presenting GoToMeeting webinars on SkillUp Greater Raritan, a free online learning portal for all residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties.

The program allows registrants to access thousands of different courses, ranging from Business Etiquette to Microsoft Office, and Human Resources to Customer Service, and more. The goal of SkillUp is to help residents who are working or looking for employment the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve their job prospects by accessing the courses when and where they want, including from home.

Because the initial webinars were so well received, they will now be conducted every Thursday in April and May, from 2 to 3 p.m.

During each webinar, participants will learn how to register for SkillUp, explore career pathways, browse the course catalog, earn digital certificates, and start the classes, from the privacy of their home and all for free.

No registration is necessary to attend the webinars.

For log-in information contact jcassano@co.somerset.nj.us or call 908-541-5785. Participant information also can be found on www.thegrwdb.org, under the Calendar tab.

“All of the services offered in the Greater Raritan workforce system are designed to help people with their career search,” said Violet Kocsis, board chair of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board. “No more than ever, staff understands the need to connect with community members in new ways.”

The state also has posted web resources for employers, on the state’s COVD-19 hub page and on the Department of Labor website.

 The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board works to ensure that workforce education and training investments are meeting the needs of employers and job seekers in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Sign up for updates by texting “onestop” to 565-12.

Questions? Contact GRWDB Board Director Paul Grzella at grzella@co.somerset.nj.us