NSCN Member Success Story: Rich

Read how Rich utilized NSCN's resources to land a job.

Rich was experiencing the stress and frustration of being unemployed, when he saw a TV commercial that mentioned New Start Career Network (NSCN) and decided to join.

“The search was very stressful, exhausting, and frustrating. Working with employers and agencies was a challenge at times. Most jobs that agencies contacted me for were contract positions where an hourly rate was insultingly low. I wanted a full-time position, not a contract position.”

Rich began working with his NSCN Volunteer Career Coach and found the experience to be a valuable part of his job search.

“I had a nice conversation with my coach. He shared his own experiences with me and advised me on what he felt would benefit me in my search. This included making some updates to my resume, checking out the Landing Expert career coaching website, and networking with Rutgers connections.”

After being unemployed for six months, Rich earned a position with a law firm in Manhattan, where he will be an attorney Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) analyst. (HRISs are the software, computer systems, and databases used by companies to operate HR activities—payroll, employee records, benefits, etc.) This new job fits nicely with Rich’s background in HRIS.

“In this role, I will support the HR data for all associates and partners of the firm. I have spent the last 15 years of my career in the HRIS field as an HRIS analyst.”

Along with the assistance from his coach, Rich felt that his persistence and support system helped him through his job search.

“I kept on top of the job sites, LinkedIn, and employer sites. I had friends who were out of work for a long time, and they all told me to stay positive and hang in there, that something would present itself. Luckily for me it did after six months, but it was a LONG six months.”

When asked if he had advice to offer to other NSCN job seekers, Rich said: “I would recommend working with your NSCN Volunteer Career Coach. They can provide invaluable advice and direction. Most importantly, although looking for a job can be painful, stay positive. My self-esteem was starting to suffer, and I began to doubt myself. Luckily, I had people around me who convinced me that negative feelings will surface during interviews and only positive appearances and outlooks will impress employers and get you a job.”