Nearly 40 local people seeking jobs attended a Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce event designed to help them with their employment search efforts. "How to End the Job Search Pain and Get Your Life Back" was held at Centenary College in Parsippany last Tuesday.
The event was part of the PACC’s free workforce development series offered throughout the year.
Tuesday's event gave job seekers information on organizing and accelerating their career searches, marketing themselves to potential employers and gaining the confidence needed to find work.
"The quality of your career is in direct proportion to the choices you make now," said Neil Cooper, who chairs the PACC Employment Outreach Committee and is a certified leadership coach. "When you opt to carefully plan and then make a conscious choice to act on your plan, you will find your dream job."
Cooper, who works alongside Mary Adelman of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center, said the committee exists to provide programs that offer professionals in career transition and business owners with positive and inspiring programs that help people develop the necessary skills to be successful in the challenging economy.
Parsippany's Chamber of Commerce, a self-funded organization based in Lake Hiawatha, has put a priority on helping the area's workforce since 2008, according to President Robert J. Peluso. Nearly 3,000 job seekers and 75 employers have benefitted directly, he said, from the Employment Outreach Program.
“There is a sincere focus on re-training our workforce to meet workplace demands and to provide opportunities for those desiring new skills," Peluso said. "I am proud to say we at the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce were already helping job seekers over the last five years.
"I guess we can say we were ahead of the curve in serving our community and in driving the community and economic growth in the Greater Parsippany Area.”