Success Story: Q & A with Brian

Learn how persistence and working with an NSCN Volunteer Career Coach helped Brian land a new position!

  • What is your new job?
Editor for a website that covers politics and culture from a conservative point of view.
  • 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 in my same industry: journalism/publishing/news reporting.
  • What type of career/job did you have before you were unemployed?
I was an editor/writer/reporter/publicist.
  • How long were you unemployed before finding a new job?
I had been unemployed or underemployed for seven years.
  • What was most challenging about your job search?
Seemingly, my age and experience. Often, I would hear in interviews, in the context of “you have so much experience,” “Why do you want this job?”
  • What strategies or tools helped you get this job (online tools, personal contacts, job fairs, etc.)
I obtained this job via an online application for a position I came across on a job website.
  • How did you learn about the New Start Career Network (NSCN)?
My wife was made aware and suggested it to me.
  • In what ways did NSCN assist you in your job search?
The biggest asset seemed to be a tweak of my resume by [NSCN Volunteer Career Coach] Tom. He pointed out what aspects/entries should be highlighted more than other others.
  • How did working with a NSCN Career Coach help you professionally and/or personally?
It reinforced many of the same tactics I had been trying for some time.
  • What advice would you give to other NSCN members?
Persistence was, and seems to be, the key. I’m convinced it was for me.
  • What recommendations would you make to NSCN to better help job seekers?
Depending on how long you’ve been looking, you may want to revisit previous contacts  and targeted employers that you’ve tried before.