Healthcare Talent Network’s Holds Job Fair, Offers Services For Skill Development

According to figures released last week by New Jersey’s Labor Department, the state’s unemployment rate is close to 10 percent. In an effort to help strengthen New Jersey’s workforce and provide job opportunities within the healthcare sector, The Healthcare Talent Network (HCTN) held a job fair on August 23 at Raritan Valley Community College.

Above, representatives from Middesex County College meet with attendees.
Representatives from Kaizen share information about their training and job opportunities.
Diane Seavers (left), who led a session on interview tips, helps Patricia Mitchko, a job candidate, with her resume.

The job fair provided attendees with an opportunity to meet with key industry headhunters, education providers, career counselors, and local industry employers. Representatives from Kaizen Technologies, Paramcare Foundation, Middlesex County College, Felician College, St. Peter’s Heathcare System, and WellVerge were on hand to share employment opportunities. In addition, attendees were informed of special state grants for training and educating unemployed professionals and received résumé writing, interview tips, and additional resources needed to advance themselves in the challenging job market.

“When going on job interviews, you never know who your audience will be, so it’s important to be prepared and bring the right materials,” says Diane Seavers, a workplace coordinator from Raritan Valley Community College, who led a session on résumé writing and job interviews. Seavers advised job seekers to improve their technical skills, particularly when changing careers midstream or entering the healthcare profession.

This information was helpful for attendees like Patricia Mitchko. A substitute teacher, Mitchko is considering a switch into the healthcare. “I came here for the opportunities and found really useful résumé writing tips that I think will help me with this transition,” says Mitchko.

The health care industry in New Jersey is projected to grow and add jobs in the state and has done so every year from 1990 through 2010. There is a projected growth of 56,000 jobs added between 2008 and 2018. Ten of the 20 fastest growing jobs are within the health care industry, and health care employers pay 12% of all wages in the state. The Health Care Talent Network aims to open the doorway to this growing industry.

“It is important to bring together key stakeholders affecting New Jersey’s health care workforce. Through our network, jobseekers are provided resources to find work, education providers gain direct access to potential students, and employers can find the talent they are seeking,” says Padma Arvind, coordinator of the Heath Care Talent Network.

The Health Care Talent Network (HCTN) is an initiative funded by the 
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in partnership with Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. HCTN offers an array of services to companies looking for talent and talent looking for their next position. For more information visit http://www.hctn-nj.orgor contact Padma Arvind at Padma.arvind@work.rutgers.edu

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The Healthcare Talent Network (HCTN) held a job fair on August 23 at Raritan Valley Community College. The event provided attendees with an opportunity to meet with key industry headhunters, education providers, career counselors, and local industry employers.