NSCN Success Story: Q & A with Marc

Learn how working with an NSCN Volunteer Career Coach, networking and LinkedIn helped Marc land a new position!

·         What is your new job?
The new role is an ITAM (IT Asset Management) Project Manager for SHI International.
·         Is this new job in a different occupation or industry for you?  If so, how did you position yourself to make the change? 
It is somewhat different than my last role (Telecom vs. ITAM). It is still project management, but in a different industry. However, I have experience in sales within the same industry which certainly helped me land the job.
·         What type of career/job did you have before you were unemployed? 
I was a telecom Project Manager.
 ·         How long were you unemployed before finding a new job? 
231 days (approx. 7.5 months)
  ·         What was most challenging about your job search? 
The most challenging part for me was maintaining a positive outlook. I had to constantly remind myself that each no was a step closer to getting a yes. I will admit there were times I thought I would never find a job and I felt like a loser for being unemployed. The constant rejection took its toll on my mental status. I have had interviews where I got so nervous and worked up (because I was excited about the opportunity and fear of failure) that I could barely speak.
·         What strategies or tools helped you get this job (online tools, personal contacts, job fairs, etc.) 
I used nearly all of the online job boards (Monster, CareerBuilder, Dice, Indeed, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn, et al), I used personal contacts, and networking. I found the most success through using LinkedIn. 
·         How did you learn about the New Start Career Network (NSCN)? 
Someone I was networking with mentioned it to me and then I Googled it.
·         In what ways did NSCN assist you in your job search? 
I was able to have Zoom calls to network with and discuss career search strategy.
·         How did working with a NSCN Career Coach help you professionally and/or personally? 
Being able to bounce ideas off another professional in my field and get feedback helped. We also discussed interview answers to common interview questions and how to pivot during the interviews.
·         What advice would you give to other NSCN members? 
Find out where you are struggling and zero-in on those areas by asking for help and build up your LinkedIn profile.
Please check out this post Marc shared on his LinkedIn page: