NSCN Success Story: Caesar

Learn how Caesar landed a new position by recognizing where the growth exists in his industry as well as using his writing skills to pivot into something related, but different than he had done before.

Caesar had been working as an investment analyst (primarily credit analyst) for 20 years, when he found himself unemployed and looking for work. After hearing about the New Start Career Network (NSCN) through a Job Search Work Team (JSWT) meeting, Caesar became an NSCN member. He found the webinars and being paired with an NSCN Volunteer Career Coach the most helpful.

Caesar was unemployed for 2.5 years. The most challenging part of his job search was “the length of time I was out of work. The longer I was out of work, the more employers seemed to be concerned with my unemployment time. Also the long unemployment period put a great deal of stress on me mentally.”

Caesar worked with NSCN Volunteer Coach Tom who “helped me with the interview process. He also helped with career decisions and emotional support.” Caesar is now working as an investment writer with a private wealth management company. He found the lead through networking, stating, “Private wealth management is one of the only growing parts of finance. I contacted people in private wealth management and turned over the lead.” During his 20 years as an investment analyst, Caesar had “produced a great deal of written research and commentary. I stressed this background to get the writer position.” Knowing that there weren't a lot of open credit analyst positions, he needed to emphasize his writing skills to pivot into something related, but different than what he'd done before. For job seekers, looking for where there is growth in their industry is important, as is looking at their skill sets to consider how these might be used to add value or bring something new or different to the table. Caesar’s coach Tom shared the following, “Caesar’s willingness to adapt his job search approach by committing to networking enabled him to connect with an individual who assisted him in his search.  And his ability to define how his unique value offered as an experienced credit analyst, who had authored commentaries and research reports, made him an excellent fit for the writer position. The result: Caesar received and accepted the job offer as wanted.”  

As Caesar returns to work, he offers this advice to other NSCN members who are searching for work: “If you have been out of work for a long amount of time, you should address it in the interview. Don’t wait for the interviewer to ask the question.”

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