SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds of job seekers came out to meet more than 80 employers for Assemblyman Joe Danielsen's (D-17 Middlesex/Somerset) 4th Annual Job Fair at the Imperia Wednesday afternoon.
There were two parts to the fair, in the early afternoon hours job seekers had the opportunity to attend workshops geared towards enhancing their job search techniques/interviewing skills and received tips for dressing for success.
During the late afternoon hours, attendees had the opportunity to meet various employers from the Franklin Township Police Department, Johnson and Johnson, PSE&G, AudTalent Inc., and many others.
"This was the best job fair we ever had, we had more companies, more people, more education," Danielsen said. "It was bigger and lasted longer than any year in the past, and it is once again the largest job fair in Central New Jersey. This is a critical piece of our local economics, putting proper candidates together with proper employers."
Many of the employers agreed with Danielsen on the results of the job fair.
"It was a great fair we met a lot of people, some of them are job ready right now, some of them we have to work with, in the foreseeable future to see if we have opportunities that make sense for them," Christian R. Bliss, PSE&G human resource specialist said. "The focus is always on diversity so obviously we want to work with as many people as we can, hopefully, we can get them hired."
Job seekers also had the opportunity to learn about some programs offered by the state which will help them with their search for employment.
John Radvany, NJ Community College Consortium program manager told job seekers about the Ready to Work New Jersey grant.
"It's a special grant federally funded, it was designed to help chronically unemployed people, it is a special niche," The bad news is it was awarded in 2014, with an expiration of four years so we are kinda at the end of the process, and some of the resources are dwindling, but we still have some resources still available for people that are desperate and looking for work, we are happy to help them as much as we can."
If you didn't have a chance to attend the job fair, you can contact Danielsen's office at (732) 247-3999.
"We have all the contact information for every employer that has been here this year and years in the past, so we can give all that contact information to anybody that asks for it," Danielsen said.
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