Nearly 100 employers and business association leaders recently gathered at PSEG's corporate headquarters for Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno's unveiling of OnRamp, a new Internet tool designed to help employers effectively find qualified workers. The Lt. Governor was joined by PSEG chairman, president and CEO Ralph Izzo, and Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths.
"Many people continue to seek jobs, but many employers are also struggling to find skilled workers for key positions," said Lt. Governor Guadagno. "While state training programs have helped many workers upgrade their skills for these positions, today New Jersey is making it easier for employers to find and put qualified New Jerseyans to work."
OnRamp is a free service for both employers and job seekers. A state-owned site, Jobs4Jersey.com, uses cutting edge technology that not only allows employers to search for candidates based on specific skills instead of job titles, but also has a unique feature that allows employers to "clone" the resume of a highly qualified worker. This means that employers can take the resume of a skilled employee, feed it into the OnRamp system, and the tool will retrieve other candidates with similar skill sets.
As PSEG continues to make significant investments in transmission and renewable energy infrastructure, it is the human resource demand that will continue to increase. The company sees OnRamp as an opportunity to help meet those demands.
"We have an ongoing need for people with a good grounding in science, technology, engineering and math," said Izzo. "We cannot afford to miss anyone with the right combination of skills we need for our workforce. The state's new website will help us to find people with the required expertise. Our HR people have put this new tool to the test and it has the potential to be incredibly valuable in supporting our workforce recruitment efforts."
Headquartered in New Jersey, PSEG is one of the state's oldest companies and largest employers. The company employs about 10,000 people, the bulk of whom live and work in the Garden State.
"We thank the Christie administration for developing this new tool and for making it available to job seekers and employers," said Izzo. "We hope everyone who wants a job takes full advantage of this resource."
About OnRamp First launched late last year, OnRamp now has more than 100,500 registered job seekers. It currently holds about 120,000 job openings in the state and up to 258,000 jobs within a 50 mile radius.
Employers and businesses who need guidance on OnRamp or who want to learn about the various hiring incentive programs offered by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development can request a business representative to visit them at their place of business. Go to Jobs4Jersey.com and click on the "Want a free consultation" button.
For immediate help using the OnRamp tool, employers may use the email helpline at [email protected] or call 877-682-6238.
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