NSCN Success Story: Q & A with Lori

Read Lori's Q & A to see how she landed a job in a new industry with her blend of skills.

What is your new job?
I’m working in master data management for a large food company. My primary focus is implementing and maintaining a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in the area of pricing and promotions.
Is this new job in a different occupation or industry for you? If so, how did you position yourself to make the change? 
The job is in a new industry at me but is a nice blend of my varied skill sets. My accounting, supply chain, order-to-cash, and implementation background made me an attractive fit for the role.
What type of career/job did you have before you were unemployed? 
B2B EDI implementation analyst with emphasis in the healthcare area.
How long were you unemployed before finding a new job? 
1 1/2 years.
What was most challenging about your job search? 
Being inundated with job leads that were fictional and/or redundant. As a job seeker, you don’t want to discount any leads but when 20 different recruiters contact you for the same job it gets old quickly. Often these jobs are already filled and the firms contacting you are just scraping them from web pages or searches.
What strategies or tools helped you get this job?
Making a concentrated effort to firm up my resume and getting the most important details into the top third of the page. Please see the available webinars on resume writing. Also, making sure that your resume is searchable everywhere. A random headhunter who I had never spoken with in the past found my resume and contacted me.
I had help from an unlikely source. The company had a bit of a light bulb moment through a woman who works there. She pointed out that company was looking for the wrong sort of person to fit the role. The company had been focused on looking for people with 6 yrs of xxx software and 5 yrs of xxx….. She said we can always teach them the software, they really need to understand order-to-cash, supply chain, marketing, etc… The rest is history.
How did you learn about the New Start Career Network (NSCN)? 
Through a Ready To Work seminar.

In what ways did NSCN assist you in your job search? 
The webinars are the key. Watch a few of them or all of them. It really helped me to understand the HR realities of today and how many hurdles you need to get through to land a job.
A special shout out to Carl Van Horn for his Ted Talk video on the current state of the seasoned workers in the state of New Jersey. What I found most eye opening was the statistics quoted in the video regarding job creation and recovery since the Great Recession. After doing some investigating on my own I was shocked to find that in 2014 NJ was tied with Idaho for the number one worst state in the nation for job creation and recovery. By 2015 NJ pulled ahead to second worst in the nation, nothing to be proud of.
How did working with a NSCN Career Coach help you professionally and/or personally? 
I found it beneficial. I did get some useful feedback and tips some of which I used in my resume and LinkedIn profile, also on my interview.
What advice would you give to other NSCN members? 
I think it’s important for job seekers to remember it’s not only their age or skills that are preventing them from landing a job. Based on information from the Ted Talk listed above, I came to the realization that I needed to consider looking outside the state and outside of what I consider normal commuting distances if I wanted to work. As soon as I opened up to those possibilities my job appeared. It’s in an area of NJ I always turned down for work because I considered the location too far to commute to.
What recommendations would you make to NSCN to better help job seekers? 
I’d like to see more in-person get-togethers to work on resumes, LinkedIn profiles, interview techniques, etc. As far as the webinars go, I like how educational they are, but I’d also like to see some where more of the members get to talk with each other and share their experiences.