Career and Job Seeker Services

The Bergen County Job Center (formerly known as the Bergen One-Stop Career Center) offers a multitude of quality workforce services free-of-charge to all eligible clients. Job seekers can receive one-on-one job search and career navigation assistance, and much more.

Virtual technologies extend access to workforce support beyond the traditional in-person visit.

Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, changing careers, looking for a new job, or looking for your first job, we are here to help. Our employment counselors are ready to guide you toward your path to employment — all at no cost.

In-person unemployment insurance (UI) support is no longer available, and Job Center staff are not allowed to answer unemployment questions. For help with a new or existing unemployment claim, you must call 201-601-4100 or visit myunemployment.nj.gov .

Employment & Training Services Overview

The Bergen County Job Career Center provides the resources and guidance individuals need to be successful in their employment goals. Best of all, all of these services are available to you at no cost. Explore the entire page to learn about all of the employment and training services in greater detail.

Employment Services

  • Skills and Interest Assessments
  • Occupational Counseling and Exploration
  • Employment Plan Development
  • Labor Market and Employer Information
  • Resume, Interviewing, and Job Search Assistance
  • Referrals to Supportive Services
  • Job Leads and Hiring Events

Training Services

  • Work Readiness Workshops
  • Basic Skills Enhancement
  • High School Equivalency
  • Classroom & Online Courses
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Internships

Overview of all Virtual Services

Training Orientation

Who Do We Serve?

The Bergen County Job Center serves a broad range of clients — from those in need of extensive workplace readiness skills to skilled professionals with advanced degrees.

Tailored services are also available to assist:

  • Veterans
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • At-Risk Youth (16-24)
  • Justice-Involved Individuals
  • Economically Disadvantaged Workers
  • Mature workers
  • Displaced Homemakers

Do you have to be a Bergen County resident?

You do not have to be a Bergen County resident to receive services through the Bergen County Job Center. However, Bergen County residents receive service priority, and non-residents are encouraged to seek services from the Job Center (a.k.a One-Stop Career Center) closest to where they reside.

To locate a center in another New Jersey County, visit the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development website .

To locate a center in another state, visit the CareerOneStop website .

Ready to Get Started?

American Job Centers have experienced career counselors on staff that work with job seekers to identify their interests, assess their skills and abilities, and advise them on in-demand jobs and potential training opportunities. We encourage you to explore program details under the “How Can We Help You?” section. Or, reach out to us directly, and we will guide you in the right direction.

Get Started In 3 Easy Steps

STEP 1

The first step for all new clients (or clients whose last visit was more than a year ago) is to contact us and submit a request for services form so we can assess your unique needs.

STEP 2

Next, you will receive information about available services, orientation, eligibility, registration process, and be given the opportunity to speak with knowledgeable staff.

STEP 3

Your assigned employment counselor will work with you one-on-one to help you reach your employment and training goals.

The Request for Services Form helps us better respond to your needs and helps us to help you as efficiently as possible. Once a request is submitted it will be sent to the appropriate department for follow-up. Contact us if you need to check the status of your request.

Phone: 201-329-9600 | Email: Contact Form

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Hours may vary per department)

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Where Are We Located?

NOTE: The building is closed to in-person visits. However, virtual services are available.

Address: 60 State Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Map and Directions

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Parking in Hackensack is mostly metered spots and some municipal lots and decks. Please allow yourself a few extra minutes to find a parking spot and take a minute to familiarize yourself with Hackensack’s parking rules .

Calendar

Calendar of Events

Check the Bergen County Job Center’s online calendar for hiring events, workshops, and more.

How Can We Help You?

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Self-Service

NOTE: Our building and resource area are closed to the public.

You can check the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) website for local libraries with access to special equipment and software (e.g., printer, copier, fax, scanner, computers, devices, WiFi, Microsoft Office, and more). Restrictions may apply. So, please contact the library directly with any questions.

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Workshops

A variety of workshops are offered at the Bergen County Job Center. Visit our Online Calendar and download our monthly workshop calendar to review the workshops being offered.

Workshop topics include:

  • Job Search
  • Technology Literacy
  • Interviewing
  • Networking
  • Resume Writing
  • Other Skills-Building and Resource Workshops
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Job Search & Career Navigation Assistance

Access training opportunities and receive one-on-one job search assistance and career navigation advice. Experienced employment counselors are on staff to help job seekers to identify their interests, assess their skills and abilities, and advise them on in-demand jobs and potential training opportunities. Additional resources are provided at the end of this page to help you become successful in your job search.

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Recruitments & Hiring Events

The Bergen County Job Career Center hosts recruitment events throughout the year. Recruitments are an exclusive opportunity for employers to meet job seekers. There are also job fairs and other hiring events in and around the Bergen County area. Visit the Online Calendar, the Bergen County Job Fair website , and the Department of Labor calendar for hiring events and job fair tips.

What Jobs Are In Demand?

Learn about demand occupations and credentials before investing your time.

It is important to seek work in a field that will allow for growth and long term sustainability. The Demand Occupation List will help you find the jobs that are forecasted to be in demand across the state of New Jersey.

The Industry-Valued Credential List is a guide to work certificates, certifications, diplomas, and degrees valued by New Jersey employers in key industry sectors. National experts estimate that 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of post-secondary credential in the near future. The Industry-Valued Credential List will help you identify the specific credentials that employers are seeking.

Demand Occupations List

The Demand Occupations List brings together information about current job openings, trends, and projections in the employment and labor supply, and other current indicators of the labor market.

Industry-Valued Credentials

To prepare for today’s in-demand jobs, you need to know what credentials employers are looking for. The state’s list of industry-valued credentials helps you make informed career plans.

Update Your Skills

The Bergen County Job Center also offers access to a range of education and training opportunities that help job seekers to obtain the skills needed to enter or reenter the workforce successfully. Eligibility for grant-funded training depends on a number of factors and can be determined by meeting one-on-one with Job Center staff.

Workforce Learning Link (WLL)

The Workforce Learning Link is a unique program that merges computer-based, self-paced learning with staff-assisted instruction for job seekers. The primary purpose of the WLL is to provide eligible clients with short-term services to enhance their basic skills needed to improve their level of employability, enter occupational training, or obtain an NJ State-Issued High School Diploma.

Workforce Learning Link core components:

  • Aztec Learning System is the primary software used to provide adult learners with basic skills remediation, high school equivalency preparation, and the employability skills needed for success.
  • Mavis Beacon teaches essential keyboarding skills and improves typing efficiency.
  • Rosetta Stone, a self-directed language learning platform, allows adults to improve their English and learn English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • GCFLearnFree.org offers over a hundred free online tutorials (1,000+ lessons) in Microsoft Office, basic skills, internet skills, and more.
  • Workplace Readiness and Soft Skills Training. Bergen County’s WLL also offers soft skills training featuring Conover’s Workplace Readiness program . This self-paced, cloud-based program delivers targeted instruction to help develop key soft skills areas for both personal and professional success. The Workplace Readiness system is recognized by the National Soft Skills Association . Successful participants receive a Conover Credential — Workplace Readiness Certificate .

E-Learning

Metrix Learning is an online e-learning system with thousands of courses that can help you add skills to your resume, improve your marketability, and increase your chances of landing the job you want. A Metrix license will provide you with free, unlimited access to courses for a limited time.

On-The-Job Training (OJT)

The goal of On-The-Job Training is to get unemployed individuals back to work while receiving job-specific training and real work experience. With On-The-Job Training, an employer can receive a partial wage reimbursement to cover some of the hiring and training related expenses. Eligible candidates are furnished with a letter introducing the program benefits to the employer.

Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

The ITA program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals who need classroom and online training to gain the skills necessary to improve their employment opportunities for in-demand occupations . Training is provided through statewide and local training providers.

ITA Training Providers

The New Jersey Training Opportunities website (NJTOPPS) is home to New Jersey’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) and Consumer Report Card (CRC). The ETPL is a comprehensive listing of all schools and organizations offering occupational education and job training programs that are eligible to receive publicly funded tuition assistance.

Tuition Waiver

Tuition Waivers allow eligible, fully unemployed individuals to enroll in labor demand programs  at NJ public colleges, tuition-free. Enrollment is on a space-available basis as determined by the college or university. The cost of the course, not the cost of books or fees, is covered by the Tuition Waiver. The focus of the Tuition Waiver program is to provide access to short-term training allowing eligible participants to achieve self-sufficiency, a skills upgrade, and full-time employment.

Registered Apprenticeships

Registered apprenticeships are an earn-while-you-learn approach to launching an excellent career in hundreds of different occupations. Apprentices receive a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related technical instruction (RTI) to master the practical and theoretical aspects of a skilled occupation. Learn more about registered apprenticeships on the Department of Labor website .

Internships

An internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience and a great way to explore a career. Although internships are typically a path to employment for high school and college students and recent graduates, they can be an option for adults too. Many adults seeking to change careers, or returning to work after an extended period, may consider an internship to gain marketable skills. Learn more about internships on the Department of Labor website .

COURSERA WORKFORCE RECOVERY INITIATIVE

The Bergen County Job Center partnered with Coursera on its Workforce Recovery Initiative. Coursera’s Workforce Recovery Initiative provided our clients with free access to over 3,800+ online courses and training modules, from top universities and companies, designed to upskill workers to re-enter the workforce.

The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative enrollment period ended on October 31, 2020.

Need help? Please visit the Coursera Help Center .

We are grateful to Coursera and their partners for granting our constituents the opportunity to upskill for free at a time of great need. Good luck to all of the Bergen County learners!

Specialized Employment Services

American Job Centers serve as a workforce development resource to individuals with a variety of educational and work backgrounds, as well as individuals with unique support needs. Specialized support is available for job seekers with disabilities, veterans, mature workers, youth, displaced homemakers, and ex-offenders. Check out the information below to see how we can help you realize your employment goals.

Veterans

Veterans receive priority service referrals to all job and training opportunities in which they qualify. Staff specialists at local Job Centers also help veterans find suitable jobs and opportunities.

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Vocational Rehabilitation

Any individual with a disability that has a substantial impediment to employment may qualify for the following services through the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS).

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Youth

Services are available to eligible youth in the areas of career awareness, skills assessment, and career counseling through the Job Centers. If you are a youth (age 16 to 24), start planning your path.

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Displaced Homemakers

Displaced homemakers are individuals who have worked in the home and suddenly find that they are the primary source of household income. Programs help these individuals learn or update skills for today’s jobs.

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Ex-offender

Individuals that have been recently released from prison, previously incarcerated, or having an arrest or misdemeanor conviction in need of employment and training assistance, can receive help from re-entry specialists through the Bergen County Job Center.

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Workforce 55+

WorkForce 55+ is a federally-funded program committed to empowering economically disadvantaged older workers to achieve economic independence and control of their futures through an earn-while-you-learn program.

Learn more

Job Seeker Resources

Job Source

COMING SOON –  the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be upgrading to a new, more user-friendly jobs platform. This new portal will provide job seekers with the most up-to-date and responsive information available on job openings, labor market data, employment resources, and more. Thank you for your understanding as New Jersey’s jobs portal undergoes this major, customer-focused transition!

In the interim, you can still visit New Jersey Career Connections .

New Jersey Career Network

The New Jersey Career Network provides customized recommendations, carefully selected resources, and guidance tailored to your specific job search needs. It serves as your “digital coach,” taking the information you provide about your job search and progress, and advising you on the activities that will help you stay focused on finding a job you want. NJCN helps you create a targeted action plan for your job search.

New Jersey Career Network Job Seeker Community

The New Jersey Career Network Community is a safe space to ask questions, connect with volunteer coaches, figure out solutions, and find support for your overall well being.

Jersey Job Club

Jumpstart your job search! The Jersey Job Club provides in-person interactions through focused workshops that give you a chance to network and get valuable information about career readiness, in-demand occupations, and key industries in your area.

At the Jersey Job Club, you will find networking opportunities, success to job openings, resume-writing assistance, job-interview preparation, informative workshops, and job-search assistance.

NJCAN

The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) is an Internet-based delivery system for accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school, and financial aid information. NJCAN contains the latest national, New Jersey, and local labor market data and projections.

NJCAN also includes information on job interview preparation, resume and cover letter creation, how to keep a job, self-employment, and, military occupations.

NJCAN is designed to support lifelong career exploration, and career planning and decision-making through easy to use straightforward search and sorting utilities, and an online portfolio for saving information from all system components.

O*Net OnLine

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Information from this freely available database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers. O*NET OnLine is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Additional Job Seeker Resources

Looking for more information? Check out our Workforce Resources page. The Workforce Resources section is designed to provide you with additional information that you can use to start on your path to success!

Contact Us

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING REPRESENTATIVES

Contact us if you have questions before or after you complete the services request form, or call us directly at 201-329-9600 (OPTION 9).

Please remember, Job Center staff cannot answer unemployment claim questions.

Request for Services

The Request for Services Form helps us better respond to your needs and helps us to help you as efficiently as possible. Once a request is submitted it will be sent to the appropriate department for follow-up.

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