Friday, December 11, 2009

New Employment Projections Are In

US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its 2008-2018 Employment Projections. The projections predict which occupations and industries are expected to grow over the next 10 years. As of this date, December 12,2009, the employment projections are available at the following websites

National Employment Matrix at
Occupational Outlook Quarterly at
Monthly Labor Review at

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Census Jobs Available Call now!

The United States Census Bureau is activily recruiting full and part-time employees for the 2010 Census. Call 1-866-861-2010 now.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Careers In The Natural Gas Industry

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center will present a information session on careers in the Natural Gas Industry at the Eastern Branch Library on Route 35 in Shrewsbury at 4pm on Monday, December 14th, 2009.

A representative from the New Jersey Natural Gas company will describe careers and occupations in the natural gas industry. This is not a job-fair. Job openings occur in industries through business expansion and from replacement of retiring workers. Jobs in utility industries are relatively recession resistant because people need heat, water and electricity just as they need food.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Census Department Hiring for 2010 Census

The Asbury Park Press reports on November 17, 2009, that the US Census Bureau has opened an office in Freehold township. You can apply now for jobs that will be starting in the spring. To apply for a job call the Census Bureau at 866-861-2010. For more information on the Census visit .

Monday, November 16, 2009

One-on-one Job Searching Assistance

One-on-one job searching assistance is available at the Career Information Center which is in the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library at 1001 Rt 35 in Shrewsbury. Call 866-941-8188 to make an appointment. The Career Information Center can help you find online job listings, locate potential employers, set up an email account and apply for jobs online.

The online address of the Career Information Center is

Online Resources include: NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, CareerInfoNet, Occupational Outlook Handbook, JobCentral, Riley Guide to Job Hunting On the Internet, NJhire,,, Career Guide To Industries. Local Area Business Dynamics

Maybe A New Approach

The Career Information Center book collection contains many books on job-hunting methods. They differ on methods; they suggest different approaches. Perhaps, you can find some new ideas for job-hunting, resume writing, or interview. The library also has a large number of books starting your own business or switching to a new career. For assistance in finding and uses these resources call the Career Information Center at 866-941-8166

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Introducing Oct 30, 2009

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center will present a program on the job search site The presentation will be at 10am, Friday, October 30, 2009 at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library at 1001 Route 35 in Shrewsbury, NJ. For more information call 866-941-8188

This Career Information Center program will showcase Jobcentral, the online job search service operated by the Direct Employers Association. Through an arrangement with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Jobcentral lists job announcements made through the NJ Department of Labor. Jobcentral also lists job posting from members of the Direct Employers Association and provides a link to search results from, simplyhired and google.

To access click here and bookmark the url for your convenience.

Monday, October 5, 2009

NJ Libraries offer Help in Tough Times

The New Jersey State Library has set up a website to help people deal with these difficult economic times. The website is The website provides information concerning employment, job-hunting, finance, housing, health, families, and senior citizens. For assistance in accessing or using these resources visit your local library. The Career Information Center at the Easter Branch of the Monmouth County Library in Shrewsbury has extensive resources for job-hunting and career decisions. Career Information Center is online at Call 866-941-8188 to contact the Career Information Center.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Career Program: Finding Potential Employers

The Monmouth County Library's Career Information Center will present a program on creating customized lists of potential employers by using business directories and other resources. The Program will be help on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 10am. The Career Information Center is at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library at 1001 Rt 35 in Shrewsbury, NJ. Telephone 1-866-941-8188.

The Career Information Center librarian will show you how to create lists of potential employers by using print and online resources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook, ReferenceUSA and CareerInfoNet. Identifying and contacting potential employers (even if they are not advertising for new employees) is one of serveral job-searching methods.

The Monmouth County Career Information Center has online resources available at

Friday, September 11, 2009

Job Fair At Fort Monmouth 9/15/09

There will be a job fair at Fort Monmouth on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 from 10am to 3pm. The Job Fair will be at Gibbs Hall which is on Rt 537 (Tinton Ave) in Eatontown, NJ. Website with driving instructions and other information is as follows

Best of Luck

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

JobCentral : Online Job Listings for New Jersey

If you are looking for a job in New Jersey, you should try JobCentral at Job Central is also called National Labor Exchange and is produced by the DirectEmployers Association. It is linked with other online job sites such as and The DirectEmployers Assciation started out as a recruiting tool for companies that wanted to diversify their workforces. It is now affiliated with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies which includes the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Job Central appears on the NJ Department of Labor's "Job Seekers" webpage as "Find employment through similar employers" and as "National Rapid Reemployment Initiative". Yes, this is a bit confusing. It is easier to go to and click on "searh jobs by state" and select New Jersey.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Using US Census Data In Your Job Search

US Census publishes a set of statistics called "Local Employment Dynamics" which describe job creation, employment rates, "separations", new hires, wages of newly hired employees and differences in the above criteria between men and women at the county and state level. With data on all major industry sectors (down to the 4 digit SIC code level) this data can help you in your job search by showing the occupational turnover that occurs in all industries (some more than others).

These statistical databases will be demonstrated at the Monmouth County Library Career Information Center at 10am on Friday, August 21st. The Library is located at 1001 Rt 35 in Shrewsbury, NJ. The Local Area Employment Dynamics link is off the census homepage at The clicl on QWI (Quarterly Workforce Indicators) or Industry Focus.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Demonstration of NJ Dept of Labor Job Sites

The Career Information Center will present a demonstration of Job-Hunting Services available from the website of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development The program will be at 10am on Friday August 7th at the Monmouth County Library at 1001 Rt 35, Shrewsbury NJ. No registration is necessary.

For more Career Information Center Resources visit its website at

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Career Info Center Program: Basic Computer Skills for Job-hunting

If you have trouble using a computer to find a job on the internet, come to the next Career Information Center Program at 10am on July 10th at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library. 1001 rt 35, Shrewsbury NJ. We will introduce you to tutorials to help you learn to use a computer, type on the computer and fill out online application forms.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Employer Locator from CareerInfoNet

At 10am on Friday June 26, there will be a Career Information Center Program on "Employer Locator" which is a job-hunting aid produced by the US Department of Labor. Employer Locator is a link off of CareerInfoNet at

Employer Locator does not list jobs. It lists potential employers. The job-searcher puts in search criteria such as location, occupation or industry and Employer Locator takes data from the Occupation-Industry Matrix and the business directory InfoUSA to come up with a list of potential employers.

The Career Information Center is located at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth Country Library at 1001 Rt 35 in Shrewsbury. For more information contact Career Librarian, Charles Gross at 866-941-8188

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thinking Long Term About Careers

This presentation will be given at 10am on Thursday, May 14th at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library at 1001 Rt 35 in Shrewsbury. Librarian will demonstrate accessing employment projections developed by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. National, State, and local projections will be demonstrated as well as the US Census Departments Local Employment Dynamics database and the "Real Time Jobs in Demand" database from the New Jersey Department of labor and workforce development. If you are unable to attend, send email to request the presentation as a word document with internet links. email to

Have a nice day

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Federal Job Training Website is the name of a new website promoting federal programs to encourage unemployed workers to get job training while they are receiving unemployment benefits. If you are interested in learning which occupations are predicted to increase in employment, come to the Library presentation on employment projections from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The program is on NJThursdaweby May 14 at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library on Rt 35 in Shrewsbury NJ. The employment projections website is at The New Jersey Employment Projections website is available also. Click here for NJ Labor Market Conditions data.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Find Federal "Stimulus" Recovery Act Contract Awards In NJ

If you are looking for a job, perhaps you might want to find out what companies have been awarded contracts in New Jersey under the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act commonly known as the "stimulus act". The list is only just beginning to form as awards are issued. Go to and select "fbo search" and put in "recovery award jersey"

Friday, April 24, 2009

Federal Government Jobs For Students

Occupational Outlook Quarterly describes a new Federal Governmnet Job Board for students. Go directly to the article by clicking here. The main site for federal government jobs is but you also have to search the separate agencies described in Excepted Agencies .

Information Technology Job Trends

The Spring 2009 issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly has an 8 page article on job trends in Information Technology. Go to it directly by clicking here The article identifies major job groups in the IT field and relies on data from the Current Population Survey. Overall IT occupations grew by about 8% from 2001 to 2007. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts overall growth from 2006 to 2016 at 24%, but those predictions were made before the current recession.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Career In Education Presentation

The Monmouth County Library's Career Information Center will present a program on Careers in the Educational Services Industry in Monmouth County on Friday, April 24th at 10am. The educational services industry includes public and private schools, colleges, trade schools, tutoring services and adult education providers. It is the third largest industry in Monmouth County. Occupations range from include teachers, health care workers, cooks, bus drivers, custodians, coaches, teachers assistants etc. Statistical information will be based on the Career Guide To Industries (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and Local Employment Dynamics from the US Census Department.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Careers In Educational Services Friday April 24th 10am

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center will present a program on Careers In Educational Services on Friday, April 24th at 10am at the Eastern Branch Library on route 35 in Shrewsbury, NJ. The educational services industry includes both private and public schools at all levels from Kindergarten to Graduate Schools. Occupations range from teachers to secretaries. It is the third largest industry in Monmouth County. Presentation will demonstrate how to find data on occupational titles, training, growth rates and working conditions. Presentation is based on data from the US Census and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The core resource, "Career Guide to Industries" chapter on Educational Services can be viewed at one line by clicking here.

The Facts on the Monmouth County Economy 2009

If you are looking for a job in Monmouth County, you should look at the "Monmouth County Fact Book" published in Febuary 2009 by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It's preface states "a snapshot of its people and economy. Included are facts and figures on current industry trends, population, unemployment and income.........industry and occupational projections." The Fact Book is in pdf format; click here to get to the list of county Fact Books and select Monmouth.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Jersey Gets Federal Funds For Job Training

New Jersey is the first state to qualify for funds from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. New Jersey qualifies for the funds because it provides unemployment insurance to people who are in training programs and to people who were only working part-time. For further information on this program click here.

Friday, March 27, 2009

NJ Employment Statistics: Health Care and Education are lone bright spots

Here is a link to the latest NJ employment statistics.

3,600 jobs were added in Education and Health Care. On Friday, April 3rd at 10am, the Monmouth County Library will present information on Careers in Health Care and Social Assistance. A similar program on finding information about careers in education will be held at 10am on Friday April 24th also at the Eastern Branch Library on Route 35 in Shrewsbury. These programs rely on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistic's Career Guide to Industries , the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Local Area Business Dynamics from the US Department of Census

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Program: Careers in Health Care and Social Assistance, April 3

Career Information Center Program on April 3rd at 10am is on Careers in the Health Care and Social Assistance Industries. These are growing industries in New Jersey...even during the current recession. This program will explain how to find job titles, descriptions and training. Data will include info on the growth rates of individual occupations within these fields. Salary ranges, licensing requirements if applicable. Friday April 3rd . 10am. Most data is from the Career Guide To Industries chapters on Health Care and Social Assistance Except Child Day Care.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Occupational Employment Projections NJ

The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a wonderful website at This site includes information links for employment, social services, name it. I use the employment projections a lot. I find the most useful chart is "Estimated and Projected Employment of Detailed Occupation 2006-2016" Notice in the "average annual job openings" how many of the openings are caused by replacements. In other words, the employment does not have to growing for jobs openings to exist.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

JOLTS data on Hiring

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has an ongoing statistical program called JOLTS which stands for "Job Openings and Labor Turnover". The data lags only about 3 months behind real time. The opening line of the December 2008 JOLTS report says "there were 2.7 million job openings in the U.S. on the last day of December 2008". For the full report click here

The report also says that preliminary data for December estimate that 3.9 million people were hired in December. The downside is that 4.9 million people separated for employment, but the "separation" figure includes 2.0 milllion who quit or retired. So, roughly speaking in december, 3.9 million were hired and 2.9 million were laid-off.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Real Time Jobs In Demand" from NJ Dept Labor

I just noticed this site on the "Labor Market Information" page of wnjpin. this looks really interesting but there is not a whole lot of explanation. But since we know that most jobs are never posted, the suggestions here are very useful. It would be nice if it had data on job turnover. I will study it and try to post more information. Meanwhile try it out. "Real Time Jobs In Demand"

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Career Book: "Solving the Professional Development Puzzle"

The subtitle is "101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning"; the authors are Robert Sherfield and Patricia Moody. This looks like a good book for students about to enter the job market; sections include choosing a career, cover letters, resumes, interviewing, dress and appearance. There is not much hear about how to find a specific job, but one book can't do everything.

If you need recommendations on books about career choice and job-hunting, call the Career Information Center at 866-941-8188

Have a nice day

Charles Gross, librarian

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

193,000 Federal Gov't Job Openings through Sept 2009

According to the website "Ferguson's Career Guidance Center" from Facts-On-File, the federal government expects to hire "nearly 200,000 new workers in the year that ends in September 2009. This is because of current workers retiring. For the full article click here
The Ferguson's Career Guidance Center website is accessible from the Monmouth County Library homepage at For assistance in using this resource, contact the Monmouth County Library at 866-941-8188

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries" from Gale

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center encourages job-hunters to access the online "Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries" published by the Gale division of Cengage Learning. This publication is an attempt to identify and describe new, growing industries. The online publication is accessible from the Monmouth County Library website at Click on "electronic resources-Complete List. Scroll down to "Business and Company Resource Center"; then click on "Advanced Search". Change the "content area" to "industry Overviews"; then, type in "emerging" In "Source". The result will be a list of the 181 emerging industries.
You will be prompted to enter the barcode number of your Monmouth County Library Card.
For assistance in using this resource call the library at 866-941-8188

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Book: Knock'em Dead: Ultimate Job Search 2009

This really looks like a good book. Chapters on resumes, networking, interviewing, negotiating and psychological testing. Martin Yate's series of Knock'em Dead books is in its 23 year. That's job security. To reserve your copy call the library at 866-941-8188.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Recession-resistant jobs

The January 21 New York Times has a article on recession-proof jobs that involve managing layoffs or helping unemployed people find jobs. The New Jersey unemployment office has been hiring people recently to cope with the large numbers of unemployment people. See Wall St. Journal artice of Jan 15th

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Try "Career Voyages" Website

I had not looked at the "Career Voyages" Website for a while; it is definitely worth a look. Presented by the US Dept of Labor and US Department of Education it tries to connect labor trends and educational programs. Of course, being based on the 2006-2016 occupational projections it does not reflect the immediate recession, but for long-term planning it is probably ok. It certainly is interesting.

More on "Recession-proof" jobs

In a previous post I mentioned the 2004 article in Occupational Outlook Quarterly that is titled "Matching Yourself with the world of work 2004". Take a look at it. The charts have a column with the heading "economically sensitve" which means the the OOQ staff thinks that the job title would not be affected by recession. A blank in the column means that job is sort of recession resistant. It is a interesting list. Health, social service and education jobs are noted a resistant. take a look at the list. Have a nice day

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wall St. Journal Touts Libraries for Job Searching

In a January 15 article on Libraries, Jim Carlton writes in the Wall St Journal that "unemployed people flock to [library] branches to fill out resumes and scan ads for job listing". I want to add that libraries can help you do research for interviews, find lists (from business directories) of potential employers, find information on job trends and just help you. Our library career information website is at Call us at 866-941-8188

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Books At The Library

Here are 4 new books on careers that we got today:

"150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs" by JIST Publishing
"Creative Careers in Museums" by Jan Burdick
"Your Dream Job Game Plan" by Mary Fletcher
"Knock-em Dead Cover Letters" by Martin Yate

You can reserve these books by using the library catalog at or by just calling the library at 866-941-8188

Friday, January 9, 2009

National Unemployment Rate up to 7.2%

Here is the link to the January 9th release of Nationwide Unemployment Statistics. Also look at the Bureau of Labor Statistic page on unemployment for state comparisons and local figures The latest unemployment release of NJ state government is available here

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Online E-books For Job-hunting and Career Choice

Online E-books are full-text online versions of regular printed books. Monmouth County Library cardholders can register to access dozens of recently published books on job-hunting, resume writing, and career choice. After you register for the Net-library service at a branch of the Monmouth County Library, you can access these books at home or anywhere you get on the internet. The next time you are at a Monmouth County Library branch ask a librarian to show you the Net-library service and register for a Net-library login name and password.

New Career Information Center books the arrived today are:
"Smart Networking" by Liz Lynch and "Career Opportunities in Science" by Susan Echaore-McDavid

Have a nice day

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

NJ Unemployment Insurance Increases To $584

Starting January 1, 2009, NJ unemployment insurance maximum benefit increseases to $584 per week. Disability increases to $546 per week and Workers Compensation increases to $773. For details click here

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Library Books and some News

The library has received its latest edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is my favorite career information book with information on jobs descriptions, training, employment outlook, working conditions and earnings. It is also online at Its companion volume is my second favorite book it is "Career Guide To Industries". Also online.

The News.... Today's New York Times has more information on Obama's Stimulus package. Health, education, energy, unemployment benefits and tax cuts for workers and business.