The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development joined Sussex County Community College to host a job fair this week.  The event connected hundreds of students and job seekers with 70 employers.   

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Hal Wirths kicked off the event by addressing about 100 students, faculty, and business community leaders. The event gave students an opportunity to hear about the personal career journeys of several business, education and civil leaders.  Wirths also discussed the state’s growing website,

“My department offers job-seekers numerous resources to jump-start their careers, upgrade skills or to look for open positions,” said Wirths. “I recommend that everyone who is seeking a job today go to our website to upload a resume through the OnRamp service. The service will assist job-seekers on creating and improving a resume to showcase their skills to employers who are searching for new talent.”

The OnRamp system uses a state-of-the-art technology to profile individual talents, not mere job titles, as it matches people to employment opportunities provided by employers seeking new workers.  Job seekers and employers alike can use the free service and learn of matches via e-mail.  Job seekers may float different resumes, highlighting different talents, while employers are able to conduct multiple searches to fill multiple positions, adjusting the OnRamp to deliver the best matches to different departments in a business if needed.

“One of the best features of the system for job-seekers is that job matches are based on the skills you have, so you may get matched to a job you otherwise would not have considered,” explained Wirths. “For employers, OnRamp offers a service that allows them to find an exact match of someone that left the business and the position needs to be filled by someone with the same talents.”