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Job Search Resources

Employment/Job Search Information

Job Fairs are designed to help employers find qualified employees. They also offer job seekers an easy way to make contact with companies that are currently hiring. Find information about current Job Fairs being held throughout the state

Career Websites Many websites offer both job postings and employment tips. You can post an electronic form of your resume on these sites and respond online to current employment opportunities. Among the most popular are www.monster.com, www.indeed.com, www.linkedin.com, www.ziprecruiter.com, and www.careerbuilder.com

For those who are considering a new career path, Learn How to Become helps students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school to climbing the company ladder. This website provides a one-stop, comprehensive resource that can guide individuals through each of the steps they need to take to begin, further, or change their career path. It offers innovative tools and information for those who are still uncertain of what road to follow.

Corporate Sites Research the companies within commuting distance to your home and visit their websites. Most will have a portion of their site dedicated to current employment opportunities and you should be able to submit your application online.

Family Success Centers A great resource for many family services is the local Family Success Center

Networking Opportunities Reach out to former colleagues and others you know who are currently working or may have vital connections with others in the workforce. Make sure they know about your skills and your eagerness to work. If you have a resume, don’t be shy - pass it along to them and encourage them to provide it to employers who are looking to hire. Learn about other ways to network.

Health Insurance

If you had health insurance through your employer prior to losing your job, you will likely be able to maintain that coverage after you have lost your job. This is often possible through a program known as COBRA (The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act). COBRA provides people who have lost their job with the opportunity to continue their health coverage through the former employer’s group health plan for a limited time period (called continuation coverage). COBRA is generally offered by employers with group health plans who have 20 or more employees in the prior year. 

COBRA requires employers and plans to provide notice. Qualified individuals must elect to receive this coverage within 60 days of receiving the notice and may be required to pay the entire premium for coverage up to 102 percent of the cost to the plan.

This plan is tied to your previous employer’s health insurance plan. If your previous employer no longer provides health insurance to current workers, you will not be eligible for COBRA benefits.

Learn more about COBRA and how it works.

Insurance subsidies may be available to you through plans put in place when the Affordable Care Act was passed. You may be able to still obtain health insurance outside of the yearly Open Enrollment Period if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period or for Medicaid or CHIP. Find out if you can still get coverage here. You can find out where to get assistance with applying for coverage here. 

Unemployment Benefits Appeal Rights

Every determination that affects your eligibility for unemployment benefits will be given to you in writing. If you disagree, you have the right to file an appeal. Your appeal rights are printed on each determination you receive.

A determination becomes final unless a written appeal is filed within seven calendar days after delivery or within ten calendar days after the mailing of the determination. An appeal period can be extended if good cause for late filing is shown.

Appeals can be filed online or can be mailed to:

New Jersey Department of Labor
Appeal Tribunal
PO Box 907
Trenton, NJ 08625-0907

Your appeal letter must include your name, Social Security number, telephone number, and address. In addition, give your reasons for disagreeing with the determination and, if you file late, the reason for the delay.  Learn more about your rights to an appeal.

Research Sources Included

https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
https://careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/
https://www.nj.gov/labor/