New Regional Focus and County Fact Sheets

From the NJ Department of Labor’s Office of Research and Information

Regional Focus

The New Jersey Department of Labor’s Office of Research & Information (ORI) is the state’s key source for New Jersey economic and labor market intelligence. Regional Focus offers insight and analysis on the changing employment situation in New Jersey’s regional labor areas, its industries and comparisons with statewide data. The articles, tables and charts illustrating employment by industry, unemployment rates, characteristics of the unemployed, and highlights of economic activity let Regional Focus develop a picture of New Jersey labor areas and insight into changes within them.

 

The Third Quarter 2013 Regional Focus, has been updated with the most recent labor market information.

http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/pub/regfocus-index.html

 

County Fact Sheets

Here is a link to the updated County Fact Sheets, which has been updated with the most recent county wide:

  1. Population Estimates 2012, U.S. Census Bureau
  2. Demographic & Social Economic Characteristics from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey
  3. 2012 Annual Average Employment and Establishments from the NJLWD
  4. 2012 Annual Average Labor Force Statistics from the NJLWD

http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/pub/cntyfact/cntyfactsheet_index.html

 

 

 

NJ State Data Center

New Jersey Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development

Phone: 609-984-2595

 

Middle Schools Explore Project Based Learning

Virginia Middle Schools Focus on Better Education

-Emily, 8/19/13

Gloucester County in Virginia is opening up a new middle school within the next two years. Page Middle School will incorporate a new style of learning, Project Based Learning, to it’s students. The school board decided that as Page Middle School explores PBL, the existing Peasley Middle School in the area will do so as well. The school board’s intent is to guide students from both middle schools in the same direction so that when they merge in the same high school, it will be unclear which middle school a student attended. They hope that the introduction of Project Based Learning will advance students and give them a sense of uniformity in their education.

Adapted from the Daily Press article by Matt Sabo entitled “Gloucester Middle Schools Exploring Project-Based Learning,” courtesy of Professor Elizabeth Elmore of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric

Elizabeth Elmore, Professor at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has shared this great rubric with us from Blackboard Community Programs.

The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program(ECP) recognizes course creators whose courses demonstrate best practices in four major areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment and Learner Support. Courses are evaluated by a peer group of Blackboard clients using the ECP Rubric.

Download The Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric here

What Employers Think About the Job-Seeker Crop

Employers Long for Job-Seekers with “Soft Skills”

-Emily, 8/13/13

Having a good education background is crucial in today’s job market, but what are employers really looking for in prospective employees?

A recent survey by Bryant and Stratton College & Wakefield Research found that while 80% of US workers aged 18 to 34 believe they are “job ready and possess all the skills, experience and education needed to advance in their desired career path or obtain their next job,” 40% of employers believe even entry-level candidates lack the basic skills to fill these openings.

Most importantly, 93% of employers responded that they weigh “soft skills” such a problem-solving and common sense more heavily than education background when sorting through job candidates. Unfortunately, only 16% of US workers aged 18 to 34 believe that these skills were crucial for career advancement.

Fine-tuning soft skills and working on your personal brand can be the difference between you and the other person applying for the same position. It is important to showcase your skills to stand out and prove yourself as a valuable employee.

Adapted from the Main Street article by Brian O’Connell entitled “Lots of Employers Think Job-Seeker Crop is Pretty Much Useless,” courtesy of Professor Elizabeth Elmore of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

FT Future of Marketing Summit

Learn How to Take Advantage of Media Outlets as a Marketer

-Emily, 8/12/13

Marketers are often expected to stay ahead of the game, and this means being involved in all media outlets as possible. Social media, big data, video, mobile…you name it, marketers are harnessing its power.

If you’re interested in how to take full advantage of all media outlets in the world of marketing, the Future of Marketing Summit may be the best place to gather your information. The summit takes place on September 12th at the Metropolitan Club in New York. There are over fifteen confimed speakers who will be discussing a variety of topics:

• Forecasting the Future: The Top 10 Trends to Prepare For
• Making Sense of the Noise: Achieving ROI with Social Media Strategies
• Harnessing the Deluge: The Transformative Power of Big Data
• Ads and Apps: Monetizing Mobile
• Content is Still King: The Importance of Storytelling

If you are interested in participating in the FT Future of Marketing Summit, you can find out more inforation and register here

Global Leaders Network

New Online Platform Through Knowledge@Wharton High School

-Emily, 8/1/13

Is your high school committed to enhancing leadership, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy opportunities for students and educators? If so, you may be interested in the Global Leaders Network offered through Knowledge@Wharton High School. This network selects a number of public and private school districts for exclusive access to resources and opportunities for students and educators to flourish in the world of business, entrepreneurship, and leadership both in and out of the classroom.

To learn more about this exciting network and complete an appliction, visit Knowledge@Wharton’s site here

Market My Career

Answers To All Your Career-Minded Questions

-Emily, 7/15/13

We’ve all probably had questions about our careers. Maybe you wanted to know whether or not to change a career? How to set up a top notch LinkedIn profile? Or maybe you wanted to know how you could improve your resume?

If you’ve ever had a question like this, Market My Career is most definitely the place to get your answers! This site is set up in a blog format, with each article easily accessable, readable, and share-able. Market My Career has endless articles on an endless amount of career-related topics. Any question you may have thought of is probably right here!

Check out Market My Career and let us know what you think! Are all your career questions answered?

Marketing TV

New from the American Marketing Association (AMA)

Do you want to see the latest trends in Marketing? 

Hear from the experts?

AMA TV: The Marketing Channel is brought to you by the American Marketing Association, the largest professional marketing organization in North America. AMA TV features the latest in industry trends, marketing insights and relevant career information delivered in a short, entertaining, fast-paced TV show format with a new episode twice monthly.

To view AMATV is to click here.

Perfecting Your LinkedIn Account

Be in Control of Your Personal Brand

-Emily, 4/30/13

Sima Dahl, a personal branding and social networking expert, stresses the importance of perfecting your personal brand. One of the best ways to do so in our tech-savvy world is to improve your LinkedIn account. Dahl suggests three easy steps to improve your LinkedIn account and improve your personal brand in the long run:

  1. Choose your Skills and Expertise wisely. Think about how you want to be viewed by others and choose keywords that positively reflect that. This is similar to the skills and expertise you may list in a resume, only on LinkedIn, these keywords can grow and change over time. This section of your profile will improve as you do and will stay more relevant and updated than a resume.
  2. You’re the CMO of Brand You. Review the endorsements given to you by members of your community. Although some endorsements are well-meaning, they may not necessarily reflect your personal brand. Pick and choose the endorsements you would like to display as they relate to the personal brand you strive to display.
  3. Give and Get. When you are open and willing to endorse people in your network that you know deserve endorsements, others will do the same for you. There is no need to endorse someone if you truly have nothing to endorse them for (This may not be because they are not worthy of a good endorsement…you just may not have worked with them enough to know why they should be endorsed!). Endorsing those you know deserve it will brind endorsements for you as well.

To read more about what Sima Dahl has to say about LinkedIn, click here

Tips for Personal Branding

Developing your own personal brand may seem like a huge feat to tackle, but Dan Schawbel offers easy steps to help make it happen.

  1. Discover Your Brand: Think about what your goals are, what your missions are, and what you want to do for the rest of your life. Consider the way your coworkers and classmates describe you. The way you perceive yourself will be the way people perceive you. Knowing what your goals are help you perceive youself the way you want to be perceived.
  2. Create Your Brand: Consider the materials in your personal branding toolkit. Are your business cards, resume, portfolio, wardrobe, blog, LinkedIn profile, Twitter, Email, and Facebook profile consistent?
  3. Present Your Brand: Once you are confident in your brand and feel that your necessary materials and consistent with each other, share your vision and ideas with others.

To read more about developing your personal brand, click here