Career counseling and networking sessions to be offered 

EATONTOWN, NJ – One of the groups hardest hit by the economic downturn are inexperienced workers just starting out in their careers. To help them, the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has established a networking program called Ignite!

Ignite! will offer free bi-monthly workshops, events and networking sessions for young Monmouth County residents seeking their first real job.

“Ignite! represents the future of our workforce here in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the WIB and the Monmouth County One-Stop Career Center. “These young people have great skills and energy, and we need to include them as we continue rebuilding our economy.”

As the job market struggles persist, fewer groups have been hurt more than young Americans. According to the Department of Labor’s unemployment figures for May, Americans ages 18 through 24 saw an increase in unemployment to 16.5 percent. Altogether, Americans under age 30 have a 1.8 times less likely chance of finding a job than those 30 and over.

According to WIB Chairman John Gagliano, “Members of this age demographic are having trouble getting their careers started. Whether they are looking for jobs in healthcare, retail, education, construction or manufacturing, our obligation is to give them as much support as we can.”

Each Ignite! event will include a presentation on a relevant topic followed by a networking session.

The first event, “Creative Job Search Strategies,” will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Subsequent events will include “Resume Writing” on Sept. 7, “Social ‘Not Working:’ How to Meet Real Employers” on Sept. 21, and “Branding Yourself” on Oct. 5). All events will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

The Monmouth County Ignite! welcomes all first-time jobseekers to these free events, which will be held at the Division of Employment and Training office at 145 Wyckoff Rd., Suite 201, Eatontown. 

To register for the Ignite! events, send your name in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board oversees the One-Stop Career Centers, which provide resources for job seekers and employers.