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 a one-day (six-hour) preliminary orientation and training session led by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and the Rutgers University Career Services staff, after which you will receive a certificate from Rutgers University and NSCN. You must complete the online volunteer application prior to registering for the orientation.

Upcoming orientation and training sessions are scheduled for the following dates: 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 Maria Heidkamp, Director, NSCN, at heidkamp@rutgers.edu or 848-932-1490.