NSCN Member Success Story: Charlotte

Read how Charlotte landed a nonprofit job!

Since she became unemployed, Charlotte worked various consulting and contract positions and as well as a couple of full-time jobs that did not work out. She was ready to search for full-time employment when she heard about a LinkedIn event being sponsored by New Start Career Network (NSCN) and decided to attend.

“After attending the event, I became a NSCN member and attended several other events and webinars. I was helped from the start by attending the LinkedIn seminar. The NSCN webinars were helpful in discussing things that mattered to me such as interviewing tips and networking skills.”

With the help of NSCN’s resources, her LinkedIn profile, as well as her dedication to the company that she was doing contract work for, Charlotte landed a full-time position. She is a compensation manager for a nonprofit organization that offers post-acute care, community services, and managed care options to people living in New York City.

“After my contract assignment ended, I noticed an ad for a job online and immediately contacted the recruiting manager to let her know my assignment had ended and that if the position was still available, I would be interested in pursuing it. I was asked to come in for an interview with the vice president of human resources the following week. After the interview, I received a phone call within two hours offering me the job.”

Before becoming unemployed, she was a compensation director for a life sciences company. Her new job places Charlotte into an industry where she has worked in the past, which also compliments her experience of working at several nonprofit organizations.

“Having nonprofit experience in the past definitely positioned me to change from profit corporations to nonprofit. But having experience in life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and health care companies helped, too.”

Although she was able to find a position that suits her, Charlotte experienced some challenges during her job search.

“I would say the length of time from my last full-time role as a director of compensation was the most challenging. I would also say my age and dealing with younger recruiters and hiring managers was somewhat challenging.”

Her advice for NSCN members who are working on their personal job searches would be: “Do not get discouraged. Keep your skills up-to-date, go to associations to network and learn about what is going on in your industry and/or field, be open to new industries and opportunities. Seek temporary short-term or long-term assignments by registering with an agency in your industry or field. Volunteer with organizations. I have to give a shout-out to Professional Service Group of Central New Jersey and Professional Service Group of Mercer County, which were also very helpful to me over the years by providing great speakers, topics, and networking opportunities.”

If you are thinking of transitioning to a nonprofit career, check out our webinar on this topic! See also Interviewing with Younger Hiring Managers.