The Governor’s Office of Workforce Opportunity which was started in 1999 with help from the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The goal for the WIA was to provide money to States to set up worker training, employment services, and other systems to help workers and employers transition into the “new” economy. The Workforce Opportunity Office manages a number of initiatives like NHWorks and NH Jobs Corps for workers, resources for business like NH Economy, and a grant fund for worker training called NH Job Fund.
The NHWorks System has a variety of resources for Workers – whether you are currently unemployed, looking to make a career change, or looking for information on training programs and funding – and for potential Employers who need help. The System has 13 offices throughout the State of NH which not only provide a central location for employment listings but also can provide various training and educational programs, employment counseling, and other employment resouces as well. THe NHWOrks offices are generally open 8.00 to 4.30 on Monday to Friday. If you are serious about looking for work, I’d definitely make the effort to stop into one of the offices and see what’s available to you (remember – you are paying taxes to support this!). Here are the locations for each of the offices -
- Berlin – 151 Pleasant Street, Berlin, NH
- Claremont – 10 Washington Street, Claremont, NH
- Concord – 10 West Street, Concord, NH
- Conway – 518 White Mountain Highway, Conway, NH
- Keene – 109 Key Road, Keene, NH
- Laconia – 426 Union Avenue, Suite 3, Laconia, NH
- Lebanon – 85 Mechanic Street, Lebanon, NH
- Littleton – 646 Union Street, Suite 100, Littleton, NH
- Manchester – 300 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH
- Nashua – 6 Townsend West, Nashua, NH
- Portsmouth – 2000 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH
- Salem – 29 South Broadway, Salem, NH
- Somersworth – 243 Route 108, Somersworth, NH
The NHWorks System also operates a great website designed for easy readability and with a great navigational system to help people get the information they want quickly and easily. The site is basically split into two different streams – Job Seekers and Employers.
For Job Seekers - the NHWorks System is a fantastic place to begin your search to find a job in the state of New Hampshire. There are several ways that you can search for jobs through the site – a quick job search with one or two keywords in the search criteria or an advanced job search which lets you impute a variety of variables into the system such as job source, education or skills, Employer, or other keywords. The New Hampshire Works Job Match System is designed to improve your chances not only of finding a job, but one that is right for you.
Job Seekers can also create a resume using the New Hampshire Works Job Match System Resume Builder. When you click on the Resume button you will be guided through the process of creating a Resume for employers to see. Once your resume is in the system it is available for employers across New Hampshire to view.
For Employers – the New Hampshire Works Match website also helps Employers find people to work for them. Employers may view resumes online via the website. They may fill out information about their open position and submit it to the New Hampshire Works match website.
The New Hampshire Works Match website is useful because it combines all the resources into one easily managed site that benefits the New Hampshire economy in both the small towns and the larger communities.