County services under the Cumberland County Democrat Freeholders really do leave a lot to be desired. Here is one horror story a friend sent in. I have edited it a bit to maintain their privacy, but here it is in a nutshell:
I got laid off in 2010. I took courses at Cumberland County College and did some volunteer work. I wanted to update my resume with this new information. A friend told me about a One-Stop employee who had given a presentation to unemployed people about changing careers and resume writing. She had helped him with his resume.Great, I thought, so I gave her a call. She pretty much told me to get lost. She said it wasn’t her job to help with resumes, and that her role at the One-Stop was working with small business start-ups. I reminded her that she had helped my friend, and she replied that she had only done that as a “favor” to someone.Being kind of taken aback by her lack of cooperation, I contacted her boss, Anthony Chiesa. He was even worse. I got a condescending email from him telling me that this employee does “great work” while also telling me that it wasn’t her job to help me. He was no help either, and summed up his message with “Good luck with your job search.”Okay, Carl. I’ve been unemployed for a year-and-a-half and have collected unemployment pretty much the whole time. That’ll run out eventually. The medical benefits from my previous employer have ended. I’m 50 years old and trying to job hunt in a lousy job market and I’m not having much luck.I don’t expect special treatment, but you’d think someone from the state Department of Labor might actually want to help me. I mean, it may have taken this employee maybe 15 minutes, maybe a half-hour to go over my resume and make suggestions. It could have been done via email at her convenience. And yet they were willing to do nothing.That’s bad enough, but then I emailed Freeholder Whelan with this story and never even got a response. So I emailed him a second time and still got nothing. That really made me shake my head.
Okay – so we blew the lid off the fabrication of a so-called One-Stop Cumberland – Vineland One-Stop Career Center. They don’t help professional people find careers apparently, only small businesses. The website plainly states that one of the services offered is “Resume development assistance“. I guess at every other One-Stop center in New Jersey, just not this one.
What is really sad is that our Freeholder director couldn’t even pick up the phone and make a call on behalf of a constituent. He’s too busy making sure that his party maintains control, so that the residents of Cumberland County can be on the receiving end of more abuse such as this. What bank is Whelan president of? I will make sure that we avoid doing business there.