NSCN Member Success Story: Ila

Read how networking and working with an NSCN Volunteer Career Coach helped Ila land a new job!

  • What is your new job?  
Business Development for a solar distributor.
  • Is this new job in a different occupation or industry for you?  If so, how did you position yourself to make the change?   
Same industry, different segment.
  • What type of career/job did you have before you were unemployed?
Solar commercial sales.
  • How long were you unemployed before finding a new job?
10 months
  • What was most challenging about your job search?
No income.
  • What strategies or tools helped you get this job (online tools, personal contacts, job fairs, etc.)
Going to industry conferences/tradeshows. Networking with everyone I know, especially industry contacts. The NSCN coaching sessions and job fair were helpful as well.
  • How did you learn about the New Start Career Network (NSCN)? 
My connection to the Rutgers Business School where I earned my MBA in 1992.
  • In what ways did NSCN assist you in your job search?
Job coaching gave me insight and patience into the search. The job fair got me networking and more comfortable pursuing a position. I also liked the webinars I could attend or old ones I could reference.
  • How did working with a NSCN Career Coach help you professionally and/or personally? 
Marc gave me ideas to augment my search.  He gave me different perspectives to consider, bolstered my mood, and reminded me to take care of myself throughout the process. Connecting with others going through the same situation at a similar age, is priceless.
  • What advice would you give to other NSCN members?
Get out there! Don’t sit at your desk.  Connecting with others via professional groups or social groups and talking about the job search in a POSITIVE manner is priceless and elevates the mood. People want to help. Let them know a specific way they can help. I found that there is a specific process that works for job listings. Find a company you like, see if there are job postings on their site and apply online.  Then see if you are connected to anyone via Linkedin. Let the contact know you have applied online and then let them use their influence.  This has worked time and again to get me in the door.  Based on the above, it is crucial to build your Linkedin network. Send personalized invites to friends, friend’s spouses, and most definitely everyone you know in your industry.
  • What recommendations would you make to NSCN to better help job seekers?
Maybe a way to connect with others in the program who may be in a related field or industry would be helpful.
Overall, NSCN is a great program, especially since it focuses on the older workforce and it is free. So many of the folks I know are kicked out of the fields they worked in for most of their careers and are struggling. Also, it is hard to spend money when none is coming in.

Also, there are multitudes of bright, educated women who stepped out of the workplace to raise kids for 3-10 years. Getting back in is scary and overwhelming.  Perhaps a program dedicated to this audience would be beneficial.  Thank you for all that you do.