Job Seeker Success Stories
I want to thank everybody at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for their hard work and dedication to New Jersey’s unemployed. If not for the compassion and understanding of your staff, my time on unemployment would have been personally devastating to me. The services offered, including job training, education grants, resume writing, and job postings, were invaluable tools that allowed me to land a job and return to the workforce. Please know how fortunate I feel to live in a state that cares so much for the plight of their unemployed residents in these overwhelmingly difficult times. Thank You.
My name is Anna G. and I have received funding from the Trade Readjustment Act (TRA) for almost two years. I am proud to say my journey in the program is almost over. I’m writing this letter because I would like you to know what being on TRA has done for me and my children. If I didn’t have these services, I truly don’t know where we would be today. Because of the Workforce Learning Link program, I have been able to accomplish so much in my life. Here are a few examples: I received my HSE, went to school to learn how to become a medical assistant and finished in December. I was able to get my driver’s permit, and now I am in the process of preparing for my license. I have secured a job and am waiting to start working as a Medical Assistant. Most importantly, I was able to walk away with my self-respect and confidence. I now believe I can accomplish anything I set my mind to complete. If someone asked me today, ‘What do you think about the system?’ my response would have to be, ‘They saved my life and my children’s.’ I am a better person today because of them, and I can now be a productive citizen in this world.
For me, it was a long year of searching and searching to no avail. I registered with many agencies. I searched the Internet. I attended job fairs. I contacted many different industries, such as, Toy R Us, Symrise, Valley Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Bank of New York, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porcelanosa, to name a few. As you can see, I was not shy in my search, but all my efforts seemed to be going into a black hole. However, through your commitment and dedication these last four months, I was able to find a job. You never give up. Your motivation in helping others is outstanding.