Commitment to Action

New Start Career Network for the Long-term Unemployed

Commitment by

Rutgers University

In 2016, Rutgers University’s Heldrich Center committed to greatly expand the New Start Career Network (NSCN), a unique model to help older long-term unemployed job seekers in New Jersey. NSCN will triple its current efforts, with a goal of reaching 9,000 job seekers statewide by the end of 2019. NSCN is deploying innovative strategies to efficiently and effectively serve older (45+), long-term unemployed job seekers that include: providing information and advice about the labor market and job search strategies via a website and tutorials, one-on-one coaching provided by trained volunteers and access to peer-support and job clubs, access to incentives that encourage employers to offer trial employment and on-the-job training, employer engagement by employers who commit to focus on older, long-term unemployed job seekers, and access and referral to a broad range of services through NSCN’s 25 partners, including education, training, mental health counseling, and financial advising.





New Start Career Network for the Long-term Unemployed



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Rutgers University

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

DirectEmployers Association, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mental Health Association in New Jersey, LinkedIn, Garden State Council SHRM, New Jersey Library Association, New Start New Jersey (NSNJ), New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development, IBM Institute for Business Value, AARP New Jersey, NJ Shares, Fund for New Jersey, BioNJ, New Jersey Resources Corporation, United Way of Northern New Jersey, United Parcel Service, Inc., Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, JerseyOn, AARP Foundation, PSEG Energy Holdings LLC