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March 8, 2018

Closed due to weather conditions

All centers will be CLOSED on Thursday, March 8 due to the overnight storm.

In times of inclement weather, please be sure to call to see if your Career Center is open before visiting.


March 6, 2018

Veterans' Career Boot Camp

The Greater Boston Veterans Job Fair is coming to Gillette Stadium on April 5, so now is the time to get ready. At the American Job Center's Veterans' Career Boot Camp, veterans will be able to develop and improve their job-seeking strategies and prepare for the upcoming job fair.

This event will take place on Thursday, March 22 from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm, and will be held at our Framingham location. Space is limited, so be sure to register for this event as soon as you can!

Register for this event today by calling Charlie Duquette or Darren Bradshaw:
    • Charlie Duquette — (781)-269-5494 ext. 113
    • Darren Bradshaw — (508)-861-7993 ext. 732

See this flyer for further details.


March 6, 2018

Operation ABLE / SCSEP Program Information Session

If you are a currently unemployed resident of Norfolk County, over the age of 55, and meet federal low-income guidelines, consider visiting our Norwood location on Wednesday, Mar. 14 for an Operation Able / SCSEP Program Information Session.

The session will begin at 10:00 am. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you would like to register, please contact your Job Center Representative.

For more information about SCSEP, contact Joslyn Portier at jportier@operationable.net or call (617)-745-4000, extension 4009.


February 23, 2018

US Security Associates Recruitment Event

There will be a recruitment event on Friday, March 3 at our Norwood location for US Security Associates. The event will run from 1:00 pm to 3:00.

US Security Associates currently has multiple openings for security officers to be filled. To register for this event, please contact your Job Center Representative, or Eldri Buli at eldri@mswajc.com

Please see this page for more information.


February 21, 2018

The Home Depot Recruitment Event

If you're interested in a position with America's largest home improvement retailer, be sure to stop by the Norwood American Job Center on Monday, March 12 for The Home Depot recruitment event. Multiple positions are available, including, but not limited to: Sales Associate, Freight Team Associate, Cashier, and Lot Associate.

This event will last from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, and walk-ins are welcome. However, we would appreciate your registering ahead of time with your Job Center Representative, or contacting Sean Marshall at sean@mswajc.com if you want to guarantee a spot to meet with the employer.

See our page on this event for further details.


February 14, 2018

Olympus Recruitment Event

The Framingham American Job Center will be hosting an Olympus recruitment event on Thursday, March 1. Several openings are available including, but not limited to, IT Business Analyst, Billing Administrator, Soldering Assembly Technician, and Senior Accountant.

To attend this event, you MUST register ahead of time! Please contact either Jennifer D'Ercole McKenna at jennifer.dercole@massmail.state.ma.us or Eric Fernandez at eric.fernandez@massmail.state.ma.us for more information.

The flyer for this event can be found on this page.


February 13, 2018

SAS Retail Services Recruitment Event

SAS Retail Services has entry-level positions open for Merchandisers, both travel and local. If you would be interested in getting a start in this field, be sure to visit the Framingham American Job Center on Tuesday, February 27 between 10 am and noon. While walk-ins will be welcome, we ask that you register for this event with your Job Center Representative or email Sean Marshall at sean@mswajc.com in order to guarantee a spot to meet with the employer.

See the flyer on this page for more information.


February 9, 2018

United States Postal Service Recruitment Event

The Framingham American Job Center will be hosting a recruitment event with the United States Postal Service on Friday, February 16. The event will run from 9:45 am until 12:45 pm, but pre-registering is required as space is limited!

If you would be interested in a position as a letter carrier or a driver, be sure to contact your job center representative or email Sean Marshall at sean@mswajc.com in order to register for this event.

See this page for further details.


February 9, 2018

Execusearch Group Staffing Agency Recruitment Event

Do you have experience in any of these fields?

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Creative & Digital
    • Engineering
    • Financial Services
    • Health Services
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
    • Legal Services
    • Life Sciences
    • Nonprofit
    • Office Support

If you do, be sure to visit the Framingham American Job Center on Tuesday, February 20 for a staffing agency recruitment event being held by The Execusearch Group. While walk-ins will be welcome, we ask that you register for this event with your Job Center Representative or email Sean Marshall at sean@mswajc.com for more information.

View the flyer for this event here.


February 8, 2018

First Student Recruitment Event

The Framingham American Job Center is hosting a recruitment event for First Student on Thursday, February 15. Available job openings include School Bus Drivers, Dispatchers, Maintenance Mechanic, and Safety Manager, to name a few.

If you're interested in a career with First Student, please be sure to register for this event! To register, please contact your Job Center Representative or email Eric Fernandez at eric.fernandez@massmail.state.ma.us for more information.

See this page for further details.


February 5, 2018

February Workshops Scheduled

The following workshops have been added to our calendar at our Framingham and Norwood locations:

FRAMINGHAM

Monday, February 5 at 9:30 amHow To Close The Interview: Information on proper interviewing protocol meant to maximize your chances of getting called back.

Thursday, February 8 at 9:30 am21st Century Resume: Tips and tactics for creating a resume that appeals to employers of today.

Thursday, February 15 at 9:30 amManaging Your Job Search & Utilizing Networking: How to organize and start a job search plan; while focusing on how to locate the jobs that are not advertised and the sources that produce over 80% of all hidden job opportunities.

Thursday, February 22 at 9:30 am21st Century Resume: Tips and tactics for creating a resume that appeals to employers of today.

NORWOOD

Monday, February 5 at 10:00 am21st Century Resume: Tips and tactics for creating a resume that appeals to employers of today.

Friday, February 9 at 1:30 pmHow To Close The Interview: Information on proper interviewing protocol meant to maximize your chances of getting called back.

Wednesday, February 21 at 10:00 am21st Century Resume: Tips and tactics for creating a resume that appeals to employers of today.

Friday, February 23 at 1:30 pmManaging Your Job Search & Utilizing Networking: How to organize and start a job search plan; while focusing on how to locate the jobs that are not advertised and the sources that produce over 80% of all hidden job opportunities.

Wednesday, February 28 at 10:00 amHow To Close The Interview: Information on proper interviewing protocol meant to maximize your chances of getting called back.


January 23, 2018

Staffing Agency Recruitment Event

The Norwood American Job Center will be hosting a recruitment event for NEED Personnel Placement on Wednesday, February 7. Multiple positions are open in over 50 fields, including:

    • Engineers
    • Machinists
    • Data Entry
    • Secretaries
    • Programmers
    • Graphic Designers
    • ...and many more!

This event will last from 10:00 am to noon. Walk-ins are welcome, but in order to guarantee time to meet with the employer, be sure to register ahead of time with your Job Center Representative or with Sean Marshall at careerteam.sean@gmail.com

Visit this page to find out about more positions.


January 19, 2018

American Job Center Job Fair

Visit the Framingham American Job Center on Thursday, February 1 for the American Job Center Job Fair! The following companies will be attending this event:

    • Destination Weddings
    • Homeworks Energy Inc.
    • I Know A Guy
    • The Keefe Group
    • Nelbud Services Group
    • On Process Technologies
    • Operon
    • Santander Bank
    • Securitas
    • Stop & Shop
    • TruGreen
    • Wegmans

The Job Fair will be held from 10:00 am until noon. Be sure to register for this event by contacting your Job Center representative, or by emailing Eric Fernandez at eric.fernandez@massmail.state.ma.us

View the PDF for this event here.


January 17, 2018

Closed on January 18

The centers in both Framingham and Norwood will be closed for a professional development day on Thursday, January 18. Normal service will resume the next day at our regular Friday hours.


January 16, 2018

Accelerated CNC Skills Orientation Canceled

The MASS MEP Orientation Meeting on Jan. 17 has been canceled due to the incoming storm. We would like to apologize for the inconvenience.


January 16, 2018

US Postal Service Event Postponed

The US Postal Service Recruitment Event on Jan. 17 has been postponed due to the impending snow. Once this event has been rescheduled, we will post details on this page.

In times of inclement weather, please be sure to call to see if your Career Center is open before visiting.


January 16, 2018

TruGreen Recruitment Event

The Norwood American Job Center will be hosting a recruitment event for TruGreen on Monday, January 29. If you're interested in a career as a Route Manager or Marketing/Sales Representative for TruGreen, please be sure to stop in between 10:00 am and noon on the morning of the 29th!

Find out more about this event on this page.


January 11, 2018

Open House

Come join us for our Open House! The Framingham and Norwood American Job Center locations will be holding Open House events on January 23 and 24. You're invited to:
    • Come tour our centers
    • Meet the staff
    • Learn about our new services
    • See the new Online Learning Center
    • And much more!

Open House at the Framingham location will be Wednesday, January 23

Open House at the Norwood location will be Thursday, January 24


January 10, 2018

Accelerated CNC Skills Training

MassMEP is recruiting for Accelerated CNC Skills Training in Norwood! This 260-hour class will meet over the course of seven weeks, from March 5, 2018 to April 24, 2018. This is your chance to learn CNC, milling, turning, blueprint reading, metrology, or MasterCAM.

To register, call (781) 269-5494. Orientation meeting will be held at the Norwood American Job Center on January 17, 2018.

View the PDF for this event here.


January 10, 2018

Securitas Recruitment Event

Securitas is looking to fill positions in its Canton, Dedham, and Norwood locations. Multiple security officer openings are currently available, and there will be a recruitment event at our Norwood location on Wednesday, January 31 beginning at 10:00 am.

If you would be interested in a position as a security officer, be sure to contact your job center representative or email Sean Marshall at careerteam.sean@gmail.com in order to register for this event.

See this event's flyer on this page.


January 10, 2018

MEDITECH Recruitment Event

On Tuesday, January 23, the Framingham American Job Center will be hosting a recruitment event for MEDITECH. MEDITECH is currently seeking to fill several positions, including Software Tester, Marketing Solutions Specialist, Sales Representative, Clinical Client Training Specialist, SQL Programmers, and Product Manager (Ambulatory Nursing).

To register for this event, please contact your Job Center representative or email Jennifer D'Ercole McKenna at jennifer.dercole@massmail.state.ma.us for more information.

See this page for further details.


January 5, 2018

College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving Recruiting Event

Moving and junk removal company College H.U.N.K.S. has positions available. If you're interested, be sure to come to the Norwood American Job Center on Monday, January 22 for the College H.U.N.K.S. Recruitment Event.

This event will be held at our 32 Day St. location in Norwood and is expected to last from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. To guarantee a spot to meet with the employer, either register with your Job Center Representative or email Sean Marshall at careerteam.sean@gmail.com in order to register for this event.

See this event's flyer on this page.


January 4, 2018

Late Opening Due To Storm

All centers will be opening at 11:00 am on Friday, January 5 due to the snow storm.

Please do not attempt to visit the Framingham or Norwood location prior to the 11:00 am opening. We thank you for your patience.


January 3, 2018

Closed Due To Inclement Weather

All centers will be CLOSED on Thursday, January 4 due to the impending storm.

In times of inclement weather, please be sure to call to see if your Career Center is open before visiting.


January 2, 2018

January Workshops Scheduled

The following workshops have been added to our calendar at our Framingham and Norwood locations:

FRAMINGHAM

Monday, January 8 at 2:00 pmManaging Your Job Search & Utilizing Networking: How to organize and start a job search plan; while focusing on how to locate the jobs that are not advertised and the sources that produce over 80% of all hidden job opportunities.

Thursday, January 11 at 9:30 amHow To Close The Interview (Achieving Interview Success): Information on proper interviewing protocol meant to maximize your chances of getting called back.

Monday, January 29 at 2:00 pm21st Century Resume: Tips and tactics for creating a resume that appeals to employers of today.

NORWOOD

Wednesday, January 3 at 10:00 am21st Century Resume: Tips and tactics for creating a resume that appeals to employers of today.

Monday, January 8 at 10:00 amHow To Close The Interview (Achieving Interview Success): Information on proper interviewing protocol meant to maximize your chances of getting called back.

Monday, January 22 at 10:00 amManaging Your Job Search & Utilizing Networking: How to organize and start a job search plan; while focusing on how to locate the jobs that are not advertised and the sources that produce over 80% of all hidden job opportunities.

Wednesday, January 24 at 10:00 am21st Century Resume: Tips and tactics for creating a resume that appeals to employers of today.


December 20, 2017

Managing Your Job Search & Networking

Career advisor Doug Cole will facilitate a workshop to help develop an organized plan to manage and keep track of job search efforts. Learn how to use your current connections to develop new ones at this event!

Managing Your Job Search & Networking will take place in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library, located at 330 Homer Street in Newton, MA. The event will take place Monday, January 22 starting at 9:30 am and is expected to last until 11:00 am.

Call 508-861-7993 to reserve your seat; registration is required and space is limited!

View this event's flyer on this page.


December 19, 2017

Framingham Adult ESL Plus

Looking to get your high school degree? Framingham Adult ESL Plus is offering free classes in reading, writing, and math. Classes will be meeting three nights a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) from 6:30 to 9:30 pm

These classes are free, but you must attend the registration on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:00 pm in Fuller Middle School, Framingham.

View the flyer for this event here.


December 13, 2017

Riley Brothers Construction Recruiting Event

Riley Brothers Construction will be holding a Wegmans Recruiting Event at our Norwood location at 32 Day St. The event will run from 9:00 am until noon on Wednesday, December 27.

Riley Brothers Construction is located in Stoughton, MA, and currently have openings for CDL drivers, diesel mechanic, licensed plumber, licensed electrician, and more.

See the Riley Brothers Construction page for more information.


This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2018.

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Massachusetts is, by all accounts, a very special place in this country. You’ve got a ton of history and culture. Its residents are proud Americans with a rich sense of passion and purpose. Avid sports fans, and true-blood, die-hard folks, without whom, this nation wouldn’t be the same.

Boston just might be America’s finest city.

And then you have places like Brockton and Taunton. Some real pits.

Like all states, Massachusetts has its share of issues. We’re not here to get into a debate with Massholes in terms of which city you think is best. We’ll leave that to the comments. Instead, we’ll approach this from another standpoint.

We’re going to use science to tell us where the really bad places in the Bay State are to live. Because, data never lies, does it?

After analyzing the 39 most populous cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst places in Massachusetts:

  1. Springfield (Photos)
  2. North Adams (Photos)
  3. Holyoke (Photos)
  4. New Bedford (Photos)
  5. Fall River (Photos)
  6. Brockton (Photos)
  7. Fitchburg (Photos)
  8. Lawrence (Photos)
  9. Chelsea (Photos)
  10. Worcester (Photos)

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case. We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2018.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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How we determined the worst places to live in Massachusetts for 2018

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 13,300 people were considered — leaving 39 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 39 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one ‘Worst Place To Live Score’.

Finally, we ranked every city on the ‘Worst Place To Live Score’ with the lowest score being the worst city in Massachusetts — Springfield. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Massachusetts.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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1. Springfield

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 153,991
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $146,400 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.4% (2nd worst)
Springfield places 1st in our ranking of the worst places to live in Massachusetts.

You can imagine it’s a pretty simple life down there. Which is fine, unless you look closely at the data.

Homes are the cheapest in the state, and at $146,400, just about anyone with a pulse can buy a home here. However, the unemployment rate (12.4%) is the 2nd highest in Massachusetts, and income levels are far below the state average. And 2970.0% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Would you have guessed that the area around Springfield has one of the highest crime rates, per capita in Massachusetts?

2. North Adams

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,326
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Home Values: $149,400 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (4th worst)
If you want cheap housing, move to North Adams. If you want high crime, no jobs and meager salaries, move to North Adams.

There isn’t a place in Massachusetts that has cheaper homes. Which means no one wants to live there. Including you, perhaps?

If you’re one of the thirteen thousand people who lives in North Adams, at least you have one another. And two Dunkin Donuts.

3. Holyoke

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,280
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Values: $188,600 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (6th worst)
Holyoke has a 10.7% unemployment rate (6th in MA), below average income levels and the 2nd highest crime rate in the state.

This random City-Data comment sums up Holyoke.

‘I visited Holyoke over the weekend and I have to say the place just seemed completely depressing.

‘I saw lots people around Holyoke who looked…well bad. Like former alcoholics and drug addicts.

‘And what’s with the poorish looking area, where there were a lot of people in run down homes?

‘Just looked sad.’

4. New Bedford

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,988
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Values: $204,100 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (8th worst)
According to science, New Bedford is one of the worst place to live in the state of Massachusetts.

The unemployment rank is the third-highest in the state and residents here earn the sixth-lowest salaries in Massachusetts.

Plus, the big black eye for New Bedford: Crime. There are only three other cities in the state with a higher crime rate (Holyoke has the worst crime).

If you live in New Bedford, you can brag to your buddies at the bah that you have it rough, and they should buy you a bucket of Sam Adams.

5. Fall River

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,902
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Home Values: $227,900 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.3% (3rd worst)
Fall River has some of the same issues that the cities above have. The crime is statistically the 10th-highest in the state of Massachusetts. And residents earn far less than it takes to live a normal life. The unemployment rank is also higher than almost every other city in the state at 12.3%.

Additionally, 22.0% of the population lives below the poverty line.

6. Brockton

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,813
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $226,800 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (6th worst)
Anyone who has been to Brockton will tell you it’s not the most inspiring place to be. If you live in Brockton, you probably expected that your city would be somewhere high up on this list.

The schools are overcrowded, and the crime is sky high. Is there a worse combination?

7. Fitchburg

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,441
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Values: $180,200 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (6th worst)
Are we seeing a trend here? Fitchburg is also located in the north-central part of the state, along MA-2. It’s looking like if you make the drive east-west from Lowell to Greenfield, you should probably just stay in your car. Unless you need gas. Or a Dunkies.

There were two murders in Fitchburg. And residents have a 1 in 47.8 chance of being robbed. So be aware.

8. Lawrence

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 79,337
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Home Values: $229,500 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (1st worst)
Lawrence is in a bad place. Again, the household incomes here are really, really low, and the average home value is $229,500. That means it ranks as the 14th lowest in Massachusetts.

You can make a case that based on the fact that Lawrence has no real indoor entertainment, and crime is the 17th worst in the state, it’s one of the worst places you can live in Massachusetts.

9. Chelsea

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,244
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Home Values: $280,900 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (19th worst)
Welcome to Chelsea, which might be one of the poorest areas in Massachusetts. Residents average $49,614 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 19.3% of Chelsea residents live below the poverty level.

Homes here go for an average of $280,900 and the unemployment rate hovers near 7.5%.

10. Worcester

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 183,677
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Home Values: $206,500 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (11th worst)
Worcester, part of Worcester County, is the 10th worst place to live in Massachusetts for 2018.

Residents here earn almost the lowest salaries per year relative to any other residents in the state at $45,599, and crime 6th worst in Massachusetts.

Additionally, the poverty level is 22.1% in Worcester.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Massachusetts

If you’re looking at areas in Massachusetts with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Springfield ranks as the worst city to live in Massachusetts for 2018.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Massachusetts:

  1. Newton (Pop. 88,317)
  2. Melrose (Pop. 27,787)
  3. Woburn (Pop. 39,220)

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In Massachusetts

CityRankPrevious RankPopulationUnemployment RateHome Value
Springfield11153,99112.4%$146,400
North Adams2813,32611.1%$149,400
Holyoke3240,28010.7%$188,600
New Bedford4594,98810.3%$204,100
Fall River5388,90212.3%$227,900
Brockton6594,81310.7%$226,800
Fitchburg7940,44110.7%$180,200
Lawrence8479,33713.8%$229,500
Chelsea9738,2447.5%$280,900
Worcester1010183,6778.8%$206,500
Gardner111220,3347.4%$173,200
Lynn121192,0747.8%$263,700
Pittsfield131543,6329.9%$170,900
Lowell1414109,8719.6%$234,100
Revere151753,1658.1%$320,400
Chicopee161856,1008.4%$173,800
Leominster171341,3046.7%$227,200
Everett181644,6367.2%$337,800
Boston1921658,2798.0%$423,200
Taunton201956,5047.4%$236,700
Haverhill212262,3407.5%$264,500
Malden222060,7327.6%$339,000
Salem232342,8046.7%$317,400
Attleboro242444,1217.5%$271,000
Quincy252593,3496.8%$366,500
Northampton262628,5346.6%$313,200
Westfield272841,4868.1%$222,200
Marlborough282739,5454.6%$316,500
Somerville293079,5075.1%$512,500
Peabody303152,2355.5%$345,500
Gloucester312929,5466.6%$370,900
Medford323257,1805.5%$421,200
Cambridge3337108,7575.4%$629,700
Beverly343540,9675.7%$378,100
Waltham353362,6995.3%$434,500
Newburyport363617,8376.3%$461,900
Woburn373439,2205.4%$374,300
Melrose383827,7874.3%$437,100
Newton393988,3174.4%$788,500

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