Joint Base McGuire-Dix-LakehurstCommunity
Employment & Economy
In Burlington and Ocean Counties
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, New Jersey had the eighth-largest economy of the 50 states as measured by gross domestic product as of July 2016. The state’s current-dollar GDP was $584.2 billion in July 2016, 3.2 percent of the total national GDP.
Since its early colonial settlement, New Jersey’s economy has evolved from farming and trade to manufacturing and, most recently, to reliance on service and technology-based industries. More recent economic trends have seen the growth of technology-based manufacturing industries in electronics, computers and medical devices. Hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers also have grown as major sources of employment. Many of these industries are present in Burlington and Ocean counties.
Burlington County dubs itself a rare blend of opposites: Farmland and new technology, mega retail centers and quaint main street shops, super highways and peaceful hiking trails all have their place in the region. The county works hard to protect its history while nurturing the future. A major aspect of that is an emphasis on farming. Considered a leading agricultural county in the United States, Burlington County has more acres devoted to farming than any other county in New Jersey. The county is the second-largest blueberry producer and the third-largest cranberry producer in the nation. Economic development extends to retail centers too. The county’s award-winning RiverRoute initiative, launched in 1995, has seen historic results in revitalizing the region’s Route 130/Delaware River corridor. Overall, healthcare and social assistance employ the most people total in the county.
Ocean County is home to one-third of the Jersey Shore bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and development and tourism related to the beaches has been long established. However, Ocean County’s economic base has become increasingly diverse, with a variety of industries now supplementing traditional tourist-related businesses. The health care industry has been by far the fastest growing employment sector and is now the top total employer in the county.
The median age in both counties is about 40 years old. Median household income in Burlington County is $80,034 and $63,108 in Ocean County, according to the U.S Census Bureau. The state’s income tax rate ranges from 5.525 to 8.97 percent.
The key elements of the freight transportation system in New Jersey include extensive road and rail systems, along with several significant maritime terminals and distribution center complexes. Without a major airport in the region, air cargo primarily moves through Philadelphia International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
All three major toll roads within New Jersey traverse the southern region of the state. The New Jersey Turnpike runs through four counties (including Burlington County), and it is the primary limited-access highway between New York and points south, connecting to Delaware via Interstate 295 and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The Atlantic City Expressway serves as the only limited-access highway between Route 42 and points east to Atlantic City. The Garden State Parkway is the primary limited-access highway between New York and New Jersey shore points, and it provides at least four travel lanes throughout southern New Jersey. These three major interstate routes provide key links between major port facilities and distribution centers within South Jersey. Further, these routes are the major links for goods moving out of New Jersey into Pennsylvania and Delaware.
New Jersey is abundant with forests, water and minerals, and these natural assets can be found throughout Burlington and Ocean counties. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Jersey has more than 2.1 million acres of forests. Much of that has been protected in national and state forests, which encourage tourism related to hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities. The coastline of the Atlantic Ocean boosts the state’s economy through shipping and resorts. The state is also rich in minerals, including clay, peat, stone, sand and gravel; it’s the only state that produces marl soil, used by farmers for fertilization.
Drawing on its agricultural history, Burlington County makes specific effort to maintain and support the county’s farming industry. Much of the rest of the county’s land is protected. A comprehensive land preservation program ensures that 25,000 acres of farmlands and about 3,500 acres of open space are protected. About three-fifths of the county is within the National Pinelands Reserve, where development is restricted. However, the banks of the Delaware River continue to support a manufacturing industry.
Ocean County is one of four state counties bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The county’s coastal beaches are foremost among its tourist attractions and continue to draw thousands of seasonal visitors annually. More inland, Ocean County also maintains a vast amount of protected open space, including large tracts of state parks, forests and wildlife management areas.
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
According to the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the nation’s only tri-service base, is the second-largest employer in the entire state. The base reportedly has a $6.9 billion impact on the regional economy. More than 42,000 people —
including active duty, National Guard and Reserve, civilian employees, contractors and family members — are on the base daily. There are also 62,000 retirees in the region.
At the national level, websites such as www.linkedin.com, www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.
The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics such as entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more, as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.
State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08609 609-777-1042
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website serves as an umbrella for a variety of services, including employment listings, safety and health information, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation issues and more. The department administers the New Jersey Career Connections website for job seekers and businesses at www.careerconnections.nj.gov. There you can find the department’s online job seeker service, OnRamp, at www.nj.gov/careerconnections/content/onramp.shtml, where you can build a resume, search a database of job opportunities, get electronic notices of jobs matching your skills and more.
State of New Jersey
Employment opportunities with the State of New Jersey are posted online. Search by category, department or location then apply online.
Burlington County Human Resources
49 Rancocas Road, Room 222
Mount Holly, NJ 08060 609-265-5000
Search for employment opportunities throughout the Burlington County government. County jobs are posted online with benefits information, and applications can be filled out and submitted via an online form.
Ocean County Department of Employee Relations
101 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08754 732-244-2121
To be considered for employment with Ocean County, complete an employment application online on the department’s webpage or mail or deliver an application in person to the department’s offices in Toms River. Applications and resumes are kept on file for one year and are reviewed periodically for available openings. Applicants for employment and all employees currently, or, in the future, in the employment of the County, must be legal residents of Ocean County. Veterans receive preference in employee selections.
Township of Mount Holly
23 Washington St.
Mount Holly, NJ 08060 609-845-1100
The Human Resources Department for the Township of Mount Holly coordinates the hiring of employees for the township. Call 609-845-1100 for more information.
Township of Evesham
984 Tuckerton Road, Second Floor, Room 209
Marlton, NJ 08053 856-983-2900
Evesham’s Human Resources office recruits employees for the local government and coordinates compensation, benefits and labor relations. Look for township job opportunities or submit a resume electronically on the office’s webpage.
Township of Moorestown
111 W. Second St.
Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-235-0912
Visit the website above for listings for vacancies in Moorestown Township. The site provides access to download applications, apply online and email resumes. You can also subscribe to job posting notifications to be automatically alerted about the newest job opportunities.
Township of Pemberton
500 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road
Pemberton, NJ 080681 609-894-8201
Pemberton Township lists its current job openings online and provides job descriptions and electronic employment applications. The township has a residency requirement, which must be met by a job announcement’s closing date. Pemberton only accepts applications and resumes for listed positions and does not consult those documents during future searches. Veterans receive preference in employee selections. Call the Human Resources Department at 609-894-3304 for more information.
21 Saylors Pond Road
Wrightstown, NJ 08562 609-723-4450
Wrightstown does not list job opportunities on its website. Contact the borough directly for information about employment.
Township of Toms River
33 Washington St.
Toms River, NJ 08753 732-341-1000
The Toms River Department of Human Resources lists available job opportunities on its website, as well as a downloadable application form. Applications are only be accepted for positions which the Township of Toms River has posted and/or advertised to the general public.
Township of Jackson
95 W. Veterans Highway
Jackson, NJ 08527 732-928-1200
Check with the Division of Personnel for current Jackson Township job vacancies. Visit the division’s webpage for an online list of openings and to fill out an employment application form which can be submitted electronically. Applications and resumes may also be submitted in person or by mail to the division’s office.
Township of Lakewood
231 Third St.
Lakewood, NJ 08701 732-364-2500 ext. 5257
Contact Lakewood Township’s Human Resources department for information about job opportunities with the township. At the department’s webpage, you’ll find listings of current openings and applications available to download. Complete and return applications to the department’s address either by mail or in person. The page also provides links to New Jersey state job listings and career development services.
An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.
Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 20 for a list of chambers of commerce in Burlington and Ocean counties.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have several versions that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.
Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.
Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position.
Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.
Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.
Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter, as well as the quick-response email, will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.
Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you are not notified that you did not get the job.
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at in Burlington and Ocean counties in New Jersey.
For information about service jobs, including openings in lodging, child care, recreation areas and more, visit Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst’s Human Resource Office in Building 2903, Falcon Lane. For more information, call 609-754-3459 or visit https://gomdl.com/activities/employment.
For Base Exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at http://odin.aafes.com/employment and search for Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base.
Search for jobs at Lakehurst Navy Exchange and Navy Lodge at www.mynavyexchange.com/work4us.
New Jersey Small Business Development Center
The New Jersey Small Business Development Center offers small business resources and workshops for those looking to start a business. Go online to https://njsbdc.com. You can also visit NJ Small Business Development Centers offices at the Rutgers School of Business in Camden at 419 Cooper St. (856-225-6221) and at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft at 765 Newman Springs Road (732-842-8685).
Small Business Resources
Learn the steps to start and grow a small business at USA.gov’s Small Business website. The platform features hand-picked government websites helpful to small business owners. Learn about business taxes and incentives, financing a business, importing and exporting, federal government contracting, state business resources and more. The website also provides information on a wide range of programs and services to help veterans, women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged start or grow a business.