NSCN Member Success Story: Ann

'Connection with motivated, positive people that were struggling with the same issues I was, learning how to network and following through with people I met, and using LinkedIn to find people that I knew that knew people at companies where I wanted to work' helped Ann find a new job opportunity.

After hearing about the New Start Career Network (NSCN) through a friend, Ann became an NSCN member.

“When I joined NSCN I had already been through career outplacement services provided by my company, so I was in good shape with respect to the basic tools of a job search. For me, the coaching and Facebook posts were most helpful in keeping me motivated and giving me fresh insights.”

Ann took advantage of many NSCN resources, including video group career coaching sessions.  She notes that that her Career Coach John “provided insightful perspectives on how to approach my job search as well as holding me accountable to the commitments I made.” Ann also credits informative postings on the NSCN Facebook page as well as webinars on topics of interest as being helpful.

Ann was unemployed for 17 months. She shares that the most challenging part of her job search was “figuring out why what I was doing wasn’t working and staying motivated to try new approaches to the job search.”

Ann recently landed a job in consumer marketing at a Fortune 500 technology-based company. Her new job is in the same occupation and same industry as she worked in previously.

As Ann returns to work, she offers this advice to other individuals who are searching for work: “Make networking the largest part of your job search. You are never too old or too shy or too introverted to benefit from networking. Figure out what way is best for you to network, create a networking plan, follow-up with the people you meet, give more than you take from people, and have a positive outlook when networking.

Also, update your resume and LinkedIn profile to accurately and professionally represent you and your accomplishments, but don’t obsess about it. Go out and talk to people, email people, and use them as tools that you refine as you figure out your next steps. It’s not like when we were in college and we spent what seemed like an incredibly large sum of money to get 100 of them printed on linen-textured high-quality paper and we couldn’t change anything later.”