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Re-Employ 2012: Helping NY's Job Seekers

Governor Cuomo recently announced a new initiative to combat long-term unemployment in New York State. Re-Employ 2012 is an effort to connect people to jobs, especially those individuals who have received 27 or more weeks of unemployment insurance. The Mobile Re-employment Response Team from the New York State Department of Labor will hold events across the state to offer re-employment services, including resume reviews, interviewing tips, skills matching, tailored job leads, and information about training opportunities.

The Mobile Re-employment Response Team travels to areas that have the highest rates of long-term unemployment. Events will be held at public libraries, schools and community centers.

People who have received unemployment insurance benefits for 27 weeks or more are invited to these sessions – but all New Yorkers are welcome to attend.

Services and information available at Re-Employ 2012 events:

Resume Critique
Have your resume reviewed to see where your strengths lie or where improvements can be made. Great first step to improving the quality of your job leads.

SMART Job Leads
Review your SMART profile and the quality of the job leads you are receiving. Learn how to turn a bad lead into a good opportunity.

LinkedIn Profile Critique
LinkedIn is a great way to learn about job leads and make connections with businesses. Have your existing profile critiqued and learn how to improve your connections.

Job Matching and Referrals
Staff will search for job opportunities that best fit your skills and abilities and provide you with contact information so you can apply.

Interviewing Assistance
Get tips from counselors on how to best present yourself in an interview.

Job Market Information
Get information about the occupations that are growing in New York State.

Hiring Incentives
On-the-Job Training Grant:
Learn while you work in an On-the-Job Training (OJT) opportunity. New York has $6.4 million in OJT monies to help encourage businesses to hire long-term unemployed people. Read more about the OJT program.
New York Youth Works:
This hiring incentive encourages businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24 who live in targeted areas. Read more about the New York Youth Works program.

We strongly encourage you to pre-register for these events. (Please note that events in New York City and Long Island will be scheduled in the near future.)
Register online for an event near you

Mobile Re-employment Response Team Schedule
Erie County
Veterans Event
VFW Post 6251
Pvt. Leonard Post Jr.
2450 Walden Avenue
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Directions to Cheektowaga event (Google map)
Tuesday, November 13 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Broome County
Veterans Event
VFW Post 478
65 Carroll Street
Binghamton, NY
Directions to Binghamton event (Google map)
Wednesday, November 14 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional Resources for Job Seekers

The following topics will not be covered at the events, but you should find the information helpful.

  • Unemployment Insurance

    Unemployment insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and who are ready, willing, and able to work. Learn more about benefits in our Unemployment Insurance assistance section. For more on UI benefit extensions, visit our Extended Benefits section. To estimate the number of benefit weeks you may collect, see chart or use the Benefits Calculator.

    For questions about your claim, call 1-888-209-8124 to speak to an agent.

  • myBenefits

    You may qualify for temporary assistance. Visit from any computer with Internet access. You can do it from your home, the local library or a One-Stop Career Center. On the site, you can do a five-minute, confidential self-assessment of your income and family situation. The site then lists programs that may help you and tells you where and how to apply in your area. You may qualify for programs such as:

    • Food Stamps
    • Home energy assistance
    • Earned Income Tax Credits
    • Child and dependent care credits
    • Medicaid
    • Family Health Plus
    • Child Health Plus
    • Temporary Assistance
    • School lunch programs
  • Local Community Resources

    Every hour, someone in New York State needs essential services, but people often don't know where to turn. The United Way advises you to pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 (or 3-1-1 in the New York City area) to get answers and help. Or, visit or Some of the many services include transportation, housing, social services, health and medicine.

  • Consumer Protection Services

    Get free help from the Consumer Protection Board on:

    • Loan modification scams
    • Foreclosure counseling
    • Consumer rights when it comes to debt collectors and abusive debt collection practices
    • Connecting consumers with low-income programs that utilities offer
    • Resolving consumer complaints 
    • New credit card reforms and how to avoid abusive credit card offers
    • Financial literacy, such as: credit vs. debt, choosing a credit card, how to read a credit report, payday loans, repossession of merchandise and rent to own.
    • Call the hotline at 1-800-697-1220.
  • Housing and Urban Development

    Have your finances changed due to a mortgage payment increase, loss of job, divorce, medical expenses, increase in taxes or other reason?
    Can you manage your credit card debt?
    Are you using your credit cards to buy groceries?
    Is it harder to pay all your monthly bills on time?

    If you find it hard to make your house payment each month:

  • Live in NYC?

    ACCESS NYC is a free service that identifies and screens for over 30 City, State, and Federal human service benefit programs. You may use this service anonymously or you can create an account. Some ACCESS NYC programs require users to create an account.

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