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Networking Tips for Job Seekers in 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, You’ve heard a million times that networking is the best way to find a great job, but what exactly does networking entail? Whether you’re a new grad just beginning to build your professional network or an experienced hire seeking chief financial officer jobs, try these tips to bolster the career connections you make this year.
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Governor Phil Murphy offers a STEM Loan Forgiveness Program

May 30,2018

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Trenton NJ,  To re-ignite the promise of New Jersey’s innovation economy, Governor Phil Murphy today announced two initiatives – the STEM Loan Forgiveness Program and the NJ Career Accelerator Internship Program – to encourage individuals in STEM fields to make a long-term commitment to building and maintaining a career in New Jersey. The initiatives were part of the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget message.

“The catalyst to reclaiming New Jersey’s innovation economy is our ability to attract and retain the scientific talent New Jersey businesses require to succeed in a 21st century economy,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “By implementing these two STEM initiatives, we’re making a critical investment in human capital – one that will fuel the growth of innovation at businesses across the Garden State and recapture New Jersey’s reputation as a pre-eminent leader in science and technology.”

The STEM Loan Forgiveness Program will encourage those in high-growth STEM occupations to work in New Jersey by reducing their student loan obligations.
After certification that an employee has worked for at least four years in a designated high-growth STEM occupation in New Jersey, the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) will redeem eligible student loan expenses for up to four years. The State would provide eligible employees with $1,000 annually to defray outstanding loans and employers would be required to at least match this award – or otherwise partner with the State – to provide a total benefit worth at least $8,000.

Eligibility requirements for the STEM Loan Forgiveness Program include:

Being a resident of the State of New Jersey and maintaining residency during participation in the program;
Having a degree from an approved STEM degree program;
Working full-time in an approved high-growth STEM occupation at a New Jersey employer for a minimum of four years before applying to the program;
After applying for the program, working for an additional one to four years of employment in an approved high-growth STEM occupation at a New Jersey employer;
Receiving annual certification from his or her current employer to attest the employee is working in an approved high-growth STEM occupation,
Having an outstanding balance with a State or Federal student loan program and not being in default on any student loan.

To support current students, Governor Murphy also announced the NJ Career Accelerator Internship Program, a paid internship program to be administered through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The Department will target first-time interns enrolled in New Jersey high schools, colleges, and universities with offers in STEM industries such as IT/Software, Life Sciences and Healthcare, and Energy. Participating employers will be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of wages paid to new interns for up to $1,500 per student.

Over time, internships have become a necessary credential for employment and are essential to learning an industry’s relevant skills.
“Stevens Institute of Technology enthusiastically supports Governor Murphy’s proposal to reclaim New Jersey’s innovation economy through a multi-faceted suite of initiatives including a STEM loan forgiveness program to attract and retain top talent in fast-growing technology-based occupations in the State,” said Nariman Farvardin, president of Stevens Institute of Technology. “The unprecedented pace of technological advancement in fields as diverse as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity to biomedicine and finance demands a multi-pronged approach to stem the ‘brain drain’ from New Jersey to other states. Governor Murphy is to be commended for taking bold action to build and retain a highly-skilled, technology-savvy workforce upon which our State’s economy depends.”

“I am very excited and encouraged by the Administration’s strong focus and efforts to reignite the innovation economy here in New Jersey, and truly believe initiatives like the STEM Loan Forgiveness proposal and STEM internship grant program will provide for significant movement toward that goal,” said WorkWave CEO Chris Sullens. “As one of the state’s fastest growing technology businesses, WorkWave needs a rich pool of technology-savvy employees to choose from to fuel continued rapid growth. Providing incentives for New Jersey students to choose STEM majors through internship grants and pairing that with a loan forgiveness program that helps them better afford that education and provides an incentive for those students to stay in New Jersey and apply that knowledge in one of the growing technology companies will pay dividends for the state in both the short and the long run while helping revitalize the critically important innovation economy here in New Jersey.”

“Fidelity supports the Governor’s efforts to grow the state’s economy and attract a highly skilled workforce from which we can draw the quality talent needed to continue to drive our commitment to innovation,” said Natalie Brathwaite, Fidelity Regional Director of Public Affairs. “Innovation begins with the employee experience, so we provide benefits and programs designed to help people thrive in and out of Fidelity. As part of our approach to tackling the growing student debt issue, Fidelity is proud to be one of the first employers to offer our own student loan benefit as well as develop solutions and education for our workplace clients to help address their employee’s student loan debt concerns.”
“As a New Jersey-based technology employer, Cognizant appreciates these efforts to spur New Jersey’s innovation economy and to address the STEM skills gap,” said James Lennox, Executive Vice-President & Global Chief People Officer, Cognizant Technology.

“We see great value in the Governor’s efforts to incentivize individuals to pursue STEM professions as it aligns with the EY purpose of building a better working world,” said Jackie P. Taylor, EY’s Government & Public Sector Leader for the State of NJ.“Creative efforts to address skill gaps in the market, foster innovation and increase employee retention are the levers that will ultimately differentiate New Jersey’s workforce. The heightened focus should also increase student interest in STEM related studies and strengthen the pipeline of talent amongst graduates entering the workforce. This will be helpful to EY, and many of our clients, who frequently hire individuals with solid backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to support our organizations.”
The STEM Loan Forgiveness Program will be contingent upon State lawmakers passing legislation to implement the initiative.

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North Jersey Partners Organizer of Harnessing the Power of the Millennial Workforce

May 6,2018

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Montclair NJ, North Jersey Partners brings you this event with the support of our generous sponsors:

Montclair State University, New Jersey Health Care Talent Network, NJIT Construction-Utilities Talent Network/TDC, Life Sciences Talent Network, NJMEP Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network, NJMEP Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Talent Network and the New Jersey Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network.

Employers, business owners and human resource professionals are cordially invited to attend our FREE spring event!
Executives from Bayer, Investors Bank, NJ Advance Media, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, SUEZ and Wawa will share how they have embraced this generation of workers and achieved workplace success. You will also have the opportunity to hear from millennials actively engaged in the workforce who will share their insights into the unique strengths of and challenges facing their generation in today’s labor market.
Millennials will comprise 40% of the workforce population by 2020.
Is your business prepared?

Parking is available at the Red Hawk parking deck on campus. Park on the 5th floor, if possible. The parking fee is $6.00 for a half day and $12.00 for a full day.

Date and Time
Fri, May 11, 2018
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Feliciano School of Business
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

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The Best Jobs You Can Obtain With A Tech Education

April 14,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Everyone wants to get a great job after they get out of college. Just remember that you’ll first need to obtain the right education. You’ll also want to choose a job that will remain in high demand for the rest of your life. The good news is that there are plenty of good jobs that you can acquire with a tech education. Which jobs are the best? You’ll learn more about the best technology jobs of this year below.

Software Developer

First and foremost, you should understand that a tech education can get you a job as a software developer. This is undoubtedly one of the highest paying tech jobs in the industry. On average, software developers can make more than $100,000 each year. And, the unemployment rate among these professionals is immensely low. As a software developer, you’ll be able to create your own programs. You can work for a big corporation or go it alone. Either way, this is definitely one of the best jobs you can obtain.

Information Security Analyst

There is no doubt that cybersecurity is growing more and more important. After all, more companies are getting compromised each and every day. This is why it is absolutely pertinent for companies to have the most skilled security analysts on their team. As an information security analyst, you can make as much as $92,000 a year. The unemployment rate for these professions is just over 3%. Suffice to say, this is one of the best jobs you could ever acquire with a technology education.

IT Managers

As the name suggests, IT managers are responsible for managing the IT needs of a company. Being an IT manager is a tough job, but it is definitely profitable. With this type of career, you’ll be able to earn as much as $135,800. Plus, the unemployment rate for IT managers is below 3%. In this line of work, you’ll need to teach your colleagues how to get rid of advanced Mac cleaner pop up and troubleshoot other common problems. Your company will depend on you to keep their IT systems up and running efficiently.

Web Developer

Every website in the world was created by some type of web developer. Of course, some are more skilled than others. Being a website developer is great, because you’ll have the freedom to create your own masterpiece. This type of job has a slightly higher unemployment rate, but the salary is still good. Plus, the amount of schooling needed is far less than you might imagine. If you excel in this line of work, you can make as much as $66,000 a year.

Computer Programmer

Finally, there is the computer programmer. This is one of the most common reasons people acquire a tech education. When you become a computer programmer, you’ll have the ability to earn as much as $80,000 each and every year. The unemployment rate is pretty low too. Suffice to say, now is one of the best times to get a tech education. Just be sure to go into a career that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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YMCA Job Fair !

Ridgewood YMCA

ymca job fair
Wed, January 31, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Ridgewood YMCA, 112 Oak St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Wednesday, January 31

Here at the Y, we’re focused on nurturing the potential of every child, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors. By joining our team you’ll be inspired to make a difference every day… in a job that matters.

Inspire others. Get people moving. Join our team.
We’re in search of enthusiastic, energetic instructors to join our team. Current Group Exercise, CPR/AED and at least 2 MOSSA Certifications (if you don’t have MOSSA certs, but have Les Mills, we can transition you) required, along with the ability to teach at least 2 MOSSA classes per week. Varied hours available. If interested, please email your resume to: [email protected]

Cooking instructor
Teaching basic cooking classes to children ages 3-12 in a safe learning environment, the ideal candidate must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent, prior cooking knowledge and experience teaching children. Interested candidates should submit a resume to: [email protected]

s.t.e.m. instructor
Teaching basic STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) classes to children ages 3-12 in a safe learning environment, the ideal candidate must be at least 16 years old with prior experience working with children and a demonstrated understanding of various topics in S.T.E.M. Interested candidates should submit a resume to:
[email protected]

youth sports instructor
Teaching a variety of sports classes to children ages 3-12 in a safe environment, which will include running drills & playing fun games, the ideal candidate must be at least 16 years old with a sports background and prior experience working with children. Interested candidates should send a resume to: [email protected]

As one of our Party Hosts, you’ll be in charge in running one of our themed birthday parties. In this fun role, you’ll set up the parties, run activities, help serve food and then help clean up afterwards. Parties run on Saturdays and Sundays for 3 hours in the afternoon. Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent. If interested, please email your resume to: [email protected]

One Friday night per month, from 6pm-10pm, the Ridgewood YMCA hosts a Kids Night Out, which gives parents the opportunity to enjoy an evening out while we entertain the kids! You’ll help host activities and supervise children ages 6-10. Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent and some prior experience working with children. If interested, please email your resume to: [email protected]

Do you want to share your skills with the future tennis stars of tomorrow? We’re seeking an instructor to teach on Monday afternoons. Must enjoy working with children and able to sub for some Saturday morning classes. Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent and some prior tennis experience. Salary is $15/hr. If interested, please email your resume to: [email protected]

Love working with kids? Then consider working with us at our 2017 Vacation Day Camp. We’re seeking caring individuals to work 9am-5pm when children in grades K-8 are off from school during public school breaks. You’ll help children enjoy daily recreational and educational activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, and fun theme days! Must be at least 16 years of age. Please send resume to: [email protected]

We’re seeking upbeat, motivated individuals to teach aqua exercise. Must be at least 18 years of age. CPR/AED Certification required; Aqua Exercise Certification preferred, but will train; and Group Exercise Certification a plus. Please email your resume to: [email protected]

Immediate opening for mornings and afternoons. Must have current CPR/AED/First Aid/Lifeguarding certification. Must be at least 16 years of age, but will consider a mature 15 year old with proper certifications. Competitive salary. Please email your resume to: [email protected]

Immediate opening for weekday mornings and afternoons. Must be at least 16 years of age with strong swimming skills and prior experience. Competitive salary. Please email your resume to: [email protected]

Call 201-444-5600

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CELEBRATING..Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA…7 Years and Counting…

neighbors helping neighbors


January 22,2018

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Hackensack NJ,  In just seven years, the group Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA (NhNUSA) – launched in River Edge by national employment expert John Fugazzie on
Jan 27,2011 – has grown into a network of neighborhood-based support groups throughout New Jersey and as far away as Madrid Spain, with 700+ success stories.
Press is invited to attend the NhNUSA’s 7th anniversary celebration – where the unemployed and underemployed can gain networking, resume-writing and other
employment-related advice from national experts.

WHAT: NhNUSA’s 7th Anniversary Celebration and Networking education.
WHERE: Petrocelli College Auditorium at Fairleigh Dickenson University’s
Hackensack Campus, 150 Kotte Drive.
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHO: NhN Founder John Fugazzie will offer opening remarks at 10:30 a.m.
Eugenia Estalla, who runs the NhN group in Madrid, Spain will speak via skype from
Spain at 11:20 a.m. National job-search and networking expert Abby Kohut, known as
Absolutely Abby, will present “Networking for Introverts, Extroverts, and In-Between
Verts” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
NETWORKING from 12:30-1:30 networking where there will be resources available:
Lisa Schuetz – C&C Career Center
Abby Kohut – Staffing Symphony LLC.
Reinaldo Santiago – Jersey City One-Stop representing all One Stop Centers
Representatives of Puerta a Futuro Program at FDU
For more information contact NhN founder John Fugazzie at [email protected]


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US Jobless claims drop to lowest level in nearly 45 years

Trump thumbs up

January 19,2017
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Washington DC,the Trump Bump has turned into the Trump Jump. The US Jobless claims drop to lowest level in nearly 45 years .The Washington Examiner reports that “new applications for unemployment insurance benefits plunged by 41,000 to 220,000 in the second week of 2018, the Labor Department reported Thursday”—the lowest level they’ve reached in nearly 45 years. “Low jobless claims are a good sign because they suggest that layoffs are relatively scarce,” Joseph Lawler writes.

According to Federal Reserve data reported by Bloomberg, “U.S. factory production rose for a fourth straight month in December, capping the strongest quarter since 2010 and underscoring a resurgence in manufacturing that’s primed for further advances.” What’s driving the uptick? “Stronger consumer spending, increased business investment and more shipments of merchandise to overseas customers are providing plenty of fuel for the nation’s producers,” Katia Dmitrieva writes.

Christopher Buskirk writes in USA Today that President Donald J. Trump’s first year in office has been a story of promises kept. “By every measure of personal and national prosperity, the nation is better off than it was a year ago, and it’s thanks to the integrity of our leader,” Buskirk writes.

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Trump Administration Deregulation Drive Spurs Economic Growth


December 15,2017

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Washington DC , President Trump is touting his administration’s progress on deregulation, according to the President for every one new regulation an amazing 22 are eliminated. Trump said the goal is to get the stack of regulations smaller than that of the 1960’s.

According to the Wall Street Journal ,” the biggest change has been in U.S. economic policy, notably the Trump Administration’s deregulatory efforts and the boost they have given business confidence.”

The Labor Department reported Friday December 8th  that the U.S. created 228,000 net new jobs in November, in the latest sign that the American economy is growing at a healthier pace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that nonfarm payrolls grew by 228,000 jobs in November, with gains across all sectors except information and utilities. The pace in November is higher than the 2017 average of 174,000 per month, and 1.7 million jobs have been added since January. The November unemployment rate matched October’s rate of 4.1 percent, which was the lowest rate in more than 16 years (since December 2000).

For Hispanic workers, the 4.7 percent unemployment rate in November was the lowest in at least 44 years.

Meanwhile, the Commerce Department revealed Wednesday that the GDP expanded at a 3.3 percent rate in the third quarter after being adjusted for seasonal factors and inflation. That’s the first time since 2007 that quarterly economic output exceeded the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of its “maximum sustainable level,” the Wall Street Journal reported .

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Organization For Economic Growth

December 14,2017

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Wayne NJ, the Goal Is To Promote Economic Growth & Candidates Who Will Improve Economy. Citing the need for immediate improvement of state and regional economies, more pro-business policies and effective tax policies, New Jersey businessman Joseph Caruso has launched a new Political Action Committee- – The Organization for Economic Growth (OEG )

The NJOEG will serve as an advocate for economic policies that create jobs and spur investment, as well as a supporter of candidates for elected office who back pro-growth policies, says Caruso, who will serve as chairman of the organization.

Caruso, who will serve as chairman of the organization said, “The birth of the PAC comes from the large number of people I meet in and out of business who are completely frustrated by the state’s failed taxation and economic policies. There is a need for an organization that can turn that frustration into action that will change the economic climate of New Jersey.”

Caruso said that many elected officials from both parties seem oblivious to the economic peril that New Jersey is in and they fail to comprehend the burden that both homeowners and business owners live under and what will happen unless drastic changes are made.

“It is shocking to me and many other business people that there are legislators and other elected officials who continue to advocate for higher taxes and more regulations while ignoring the state’s lousy business reputation, its existing tax burden and its monstrous debt problems,” said Caruso, a partner in a corporate consulting firm.

“Our goals is to work with well intentioned officials on both sides of the aisle to help create a path to economic prosperity that both Democrats and Republicans can support,” added Caruso


The OEG has attracted bright, young and energetic talent like: John DePinto of Bloomfield, who will serve as Vice Chairman, Ray Cottiers of New Milford will be the Director of Strategic Services and Alex Cucciniello of Mahwah will run the day to day operations as the Executive Director.

“If New Jersey doesn’t alter course soon, the jobs of the future economy – the jobs that will employ our Millennials — will be gone, followed by catastrophic economic consequences for the state,” added DePinto. “I’m a young professional and I would like to raise a family New Jersey, but currently that does not seem practical– or possible.”

Cucciniello said the OEG will serve as a information center to help educate the public and elected officials on economic and tax issues and to be a voice against the state’s bad economic policies.

“Much of the readily available economic information that is published or broadcast about our state and region is politically charged and often misleading. Our goal is to distill information from people actually working in business and interact with the media in a constructive way that will lead economic change,” said Cucciniello, who formerly worked in Washington D.C. as an intern in the White House Office of Political Affairs.

“I also believe people need to fully understand the consequences of New Jersey’s continued bad economic policies,” added Cucciniello.

Cottiers stated, “many public officials who want to improve the economy lack the information or the forum to persuade their constituents or colleagues about the best course to follow. Part of our mission will be to provide data to officials who are seriously committed to breaking down the barriers to economic growth. And part of our mission will be to be a the voice — across various media platforms — that argues against policies that harm businesses.”

The new Organization will host its initial fundraising event in January; details will be available shortly. For more information visit and follow and like us on Facebook at Organization for Economic Growth (@StrengthThroughIndustry).

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New Jersey Continues to Suffer from Brain Drain

Millennial vs Boomer

December 7,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey continues to suffer long term brain drain . Millennials it seems can’t get out of New Jersey fast enough. From 2000 to 2013, the number of 22-to-34-year-olds living in New Jersey fell by 2.3 percent, according to Census data, even while the number of people in this age bracket increased by 6.8 percent nationally during the same timeframe. According to a calculation by Governing using Census estimates, New Jersey now ranks 47th out of 50 states and Washington, D.C., for its percentage of Millennials in 2012.

Why do so many young people flee the Garden State? The smart-growth nonprofit New Jersey Future considered this demographic trend in a report released in September. The report measured New Jersey’s municipalities on three smart growth metrics: walkability and street connectivity; the presence of a mixed-use center; and net activity density (defined as population plus employment, divided by developed square miles).

Unsurprisingly, New Jersey’s Millennials are just like Millennials everywhere else: They gravitate toward dense, mixed-use, walkable areas. Across the 118 places that scored well on all three smart-growth metrics, Millennials are 25 percent more prevalent than they are statewide. Conversely, they are 19 percent less likely than the general New Jersey population to live in the places that scored badly on all three metrics.

S it appears the lack of Millennial-friendly environments. Of the state’s 565 municipalities, only 183 scored well on two or all three smart-growth metrics, and according to the study, only 111 of those places are popular with Millennials. This imbalance may increase competition for housing in those high-scoring municipalities, pushing rent prices higher and Millennials out of those neighborhoods where they want to live most.

There are a number of other indicators that New Jersey’s Millennials are struggling with as well and like other generations its finding affordable housing . 47 percent of Millennials now live with their parents. Giving New Jersey the highest rate in the country of 18-to-34-year-olds living with their parents. Nationally, the number is just 33 percent, and in nearby Pennsylvania, it’s 37 percent.