The Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has announced the creation of a partnership with Jersey’s 19 community colleges, to help the long-term unemployed in the Garden state find work.

During an event this afternoon at Mercer County Community College, Assistant Labor Commissioner Mary Ellen Clark said the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment, or REA program, is designed to help job-seekers “to re-energize their search – build their self-confidence and connect them to resources available from both the state and through their local community colleges.”

At the training sessions, participants will be given access to career assessment tools that help identify the occupations and industries where they will most likely find success in their quest for employment. Attendees will receive labor market data informing them where prospective jobs may be, the salaries attached to those positions, and the skills needed to land those jobs.

The REA orientation also will inform job-seekers about the value of using a new and free job service known as OnRamp at the state website, www-dot-Jobs4Jersey-dot-com. Through OnRamp, people may upload or create a skills-based resume that can help focus their job search and better match job-seekers to job postings.