A Letter from an NSCN Job Seeker: Update from Bernie

NSCN Job Seeker Bernie sent a letter reflecting on the importance of NSCN during his job search.

Maria and Carl:
On September 19, 2016, I began working again in a new profession as a full time employee. It was a memorable day for me. One year has passed since I lost my previous job of 32 years. When I found out I was going to be unemployed as of August 31, 2015, I knew it was going to be difficult finding work, especially being a person over the age of 55 years old and having worked for only “one” company.
In October of 2015, I found a link in a local newspaper to the New Start Career Network (NSCN) website and registered to become a participant. The decision to join NSCN changed my life in a very positive way.
As a person who was recently unemployed, I needed guidance and direction on how to manage being out of work and what actions were necessary to discover new job opportunities with updated skills and a refreshed outlook. NSCN provided valuable and beneficial information for me to research and utilize.
On December 23, 2015, NSCN changed my life (again) for the better. I was “paired” with a Volunteer Career Coach. Her name is Judy. Judy’s assistance as my career coach enabled me to understand, develop, and implement the tasks necessary for a successful job search.
With Judy’s assistance, the outcome of my job search was a positive one: First landing contract work, within a month, for eight (8) months and then landing a new full-time position in a new profession at the company where I was a contractor. 
I personally would like to thank Maria, Carl, and all involved with NSCN. I cannot thank all of the NSCN staff enough for everything they have done to assist me in making it through a difficult time of being unemployed as well as providing the necessary assistance and support.
NSCN has played an integral role in shortening the timeframe of my “long-term unemployment.” 
There have been several highlights I have experienced during my time with NSCN. One of the most memorable was meeting Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, on February 16, 2016, to discuss long-term unemployment with other NSCN participants and NSCN staff. It was a meeting I will never forget. 
NSCN is an outstanding program. I have shared my NSCN experiences with family, friends, and past co-workers on how it has provided guidance in preparation for a new profession.
Maria and Carl: Keep up the exceptional work that you have done and will continue to do for those who are unemployed. The participants (including myself), who are involved in the NSCN program, truly appreciate all of your dedicated efforts.