Become a Volunteer Career Coach

The New Start Career Network and New Jersey’s long-term unemployed workers need your help!

shutterstock_444547414.jpgNSCN is seeking volunteer career coaches and professionals with backgrounds in career counseling, recruiting, executive search, human resources, and related fields. We are seeking qualified and dedicated career coaches and other career professionals who are willing to donate their services and expertise to helping New Jersey’s long-term unemployed job seekers.
The Commitment
NSCN asks that interested individuals donate two to four hours per week over a minimum of a six-month period to helping coach one or more NSCN members. Our career coaches work with our members in both one-on-one and group situations.
We also ask that our volunteer career coaches be willing to complete brief questionnaires and to participate in periodic NSCN meetings with other NSCN coaches to exchange information on their experiences helping job seekers.
By joining us, you become an important part of a statewide, effort dedicated to reducing long-term unemployment in New Jersey. Your efforts will also contribute to a better understanding of strategies that are effective in serving job seekers and help develop policies in New Jersey that can serve as a model for the nation. All information NSCN collects regarding career coaches and NSCN members remains confidential. We will not share information that would identify our volunteers or members.
To Join Our Network of Volunteer Career Coaches
To become a certified NSCN Volunteer Career Coach, we ask that you complete our online volunteer application. Once we have received the application, we will contact you to set up an initial interview and to discuss next steps. If you are accepted as a coach, you will be asked to complete a couple of online courses and to participate in a live Zoom Orientation session to prepare you to work with our members. 

Upcoming orientation and training sessions are scheduled for the following date(s):


Due to COVID-19 all sessions are virtual.
We also ask that coaches attend a virtual workshop on mental health issues, provided by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ). Because individuals struggling with long-term unemployment are often also struggling with depression, stress, and related issues, NSCN has teamed with MHANJ to offer this training to volunteer career coaches so that they are better prepared to recognize when referrals to mental health professionals are needed and what resources are available.

If you have questions, please contact Michele Martin, Director, NSCN at [email protected] or 610-248-6230.