FAQs

Are you looking for more information about the New Start Career Network? A good starting point is our list of frequently asked questions. Here you can learn more about NSCN and its services, as well as opportunities to volunteer and partner with the network.

search-1756278_640-(2).jpgWhat is the New Start Career Network?
 
Founded in October 2015, the New Start Career Network is a program for New Jersey residents age 45 and older who have been out of work or underemployed for at least six months. The network provides its members with a variety of free-of-charge services to help them on their path back to employment.
 
What services do you provide?
 
New Start Career Network members are provided access to the members-only area of our website where they can take advantage of an array of information and advice about careers, the labor market, job opportunities, education and training options, and career tools. Also available to our members is career coaching, provided by NSCN’s Volunteer Career Coaches, either in a one-on-one or small group setting. Our members receive our Tip of the Week, which is delivered to them via email every Tuesday. The tip features information about upcoming events and webinars, job search advice, and job opportunities shared with NSCN. The New Start Career Network also runs its own job fair just for NSCN members, held twice a year in the spring and fall. We also offer a variety of events each month, including interactive webinars about job search techniques, strategies to stay positive while you’re looking for work, and a wide range of other topics. These webinars are recorded and stored on our website so that they can be viewed at your leisure.
 
How do I become a member?
 
To become a member, click here.
 
If I become a member, will you help place me with an employer?
 
The New Start Career Network does not provide employment placement services. However, we do work with employers so that we can share their job openings with our members. Additionally, we recruit employers to take part in our members-only job fairs.
 
I’m not 45 years old. Can I still become a member?
 
The New Start Career Network’s focus is specifically New Jersey residents age 45 and older. Therefore, if you’re below the age of 45, you will not be eligible to become a member. However, please check out Ready to Work New Jersey, another program that offers services to long-term unemployed New Jersey residents of any age. Also, be sure to check out this list of resources for job seekers.
 
I don’t live in New Jersey. Can I still become a member?
 
At this time, the New Start Career Network is only available to current New Jersey residents. If you live in another state, we recommend that you check with your state’s department of labor to find out what resources are available to you.
 
What kind of volunteer opportunities do you have?
 
The New Start Career Network is seeking volunteer career coaches and professionals with backgrounds in career counseling, recruiting, executive search, human resources, and related fields. We are looking for qualified and dedicated career coaches and other career professionals who are willing to donate their services and expertise to helping our members. Our volunteer career coaches typically donate two to fours hours a week to helping coach one or more of our members, either in one-on-one or group settings. Learn more about our volunteer coach program here.
 
How do I become a volunteer?
 
Click here to become a New Start Career Network volunteer.
 
How is the New Start Career Network funded?
 
Major funding for the New Start Career Network is provided by the Philip and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation. Additional funding comes from New Jersey Resources and the Fund for New Jersey. Financial supporters also include Verizon New Jersey, PSEG, Wells Fargo, and the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism.
 
What other organizations partner with the New Start Career Network?
 
We have many partners that can provide resources to job seekers, including Rutgers University Career Services, which has provided several tools free-of-charge to our job seekers and also provides assistance and support for the network’s job fairs. Our partners provide a variety of resources, including education and training, low-cost high-speed Internet access, and mental health support. Information about our partners can be found here.