New Start Career Network

July 14, 2015

Since late 2015, the Heldrich Center’s New Start Career Network has provided free assistance to over 6,000 long-term unemployed New Jersey job seekers over the age of 45. The privately funded service offers free access to digital job search tools, webinars, employer engagement, and virtual one-on-one and small group coaching through a network of 400 trained volunteers

More than 4 in 10 of New Jersey’s unemployed job seekers — over 125,000 individuals — have been jobless for more than six months, giving New Jersey one of the highest rates of long-term unemployment in the nation. Three-quarters of these individuals have been unemployed over a year, and half of them are over the age of 45. The public workforce system provides few services targeted specifically to the needs of older, long-term unemployed job seekers. Additionally, reliable, unbiased information for job seekers can be hard to find. Many employers are reluctant to hire these individuals, even when job seekers have the requisite skills and experiences.

In 2015, the Heldrich Center launched the New Start Career Network, an initiative to assist New Jersey’s long-term unemployed to reenter the workforce. Led by the Heldrich Center in collaboration with over 25 organizations, including private-sector employers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and a network of volunteer career coaches. The New Start Career Network provides — free of charge — job search, résumé, and interviewing tools; job coaching; and training opportunities with employers. New Jerseyans age 45 and older who have been unemployed longer than six months are eligible to join the network.

To learn more about NSCN, contact NSCN Director Maria Heidkamp at heidkamp@rutgers.edu

To learn about becoming a NSCN Volunteer Career Coach, click here.

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The Philip and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation. Additional support has also been provided by New Jersey Resources, Amazon, the Fund for New Jersey, the AARP Foundation, DirectEmployers Association, Rutgers University Career Services, and other organizations.
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