New Start Career Network Launched to Assist New Jersey’s Older, Long-term Unemployed Workers Reenter the Workforce

October 20, 2015—New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University’s Heldrich Center for Workforce Development today introduced 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 private-sector employers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and a network of volunteer career coaches, the New Start Career Network will make available, free of charge, job search, résumé, and interviewing tools; job coaching; and training opportunities with employers. The New Start Career Network is made possible by major funding from the Philip and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation. New Jerseyans age 45 and older who have been unemployed longer than six months are eligible to join the network at
Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University and Director of the Heldrich Center, observed:
“More than 4 in 10 unemployed New Jerseyans, approximately 125,000 people, have been unemployed for over six months — one of the highest shares of long-term unemployment in the United States. Despite their best efforts, most of these individuals have not succeeded in getting a job for more than a year. Often these job seekers are over the age of 45 and are coping with significant financial and emotional problems. The New Start Career Network brings together a powerful coalition of employers, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers to help address this crisis.”
Funding for the New Start Career Network
In addition to the funds provided by the Philip and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation, funding and support were contributed by New Jersey Resources, the Fund for New Jersey, the AARP Foundation, the DirectEmployers Association, New Start New Jersey, the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University Career Services, and other organizations.
An advisory board of distinguished leaders, chaired by Philip Murphy, Chairman and Co-Founder of New Start New Jersey and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, will provide guidance to the initiative. (The list of current advisory board members is below.)
According to Murphy:
“Few things could be more important to New Jersey’s future than helping people reenter the workforce. I’m grateful to the New Start Career Network’s many partners that have signed on so far to help us with this critical task. I urge members of New Jersey’s business community to tap this pool of seasoned talent, whose participation in this initiative proves they are ready and willing to learn, grow, and succeed as part of a successful business enterprise. Together we can put New Jersey on a path to prosperity.”
A Statewide Collaboration
The New Start Career Network will be managed by Rutgers’ Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, in collaboration with a wide range of employer associations, nonprofit organizations, and state government agencies. (A list of current network partners is below.)  
Members can access a wide range of resources, including web-based job search, résumé, and interviewing tools; personal career coaching from experienced volunteers; and referrals to financial advisors, computer literacy training, continuing education courses, and mental health counselors, as needed. Training opportunities with employers will also be available.
All members of the New Start Career Network will have access to the full range of resources through the network’s website,
Experienced Leadership Team
The New Start Career Network is directed by Maria Heidkamp from the Heldrich Center. She and her colleagues have extensive experience in the workforce development field and knowledge about how to help older workers return to work. The design of the network incorporates lessons from research on effective practices to help the long-term unemployed. It builds on experience gained when the Heldrich Center managed the September 11th Fund’s Employment Assistance Program, which served 11,000 workers in New York City and New Jersey who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
“We are so excited here at the Heldrich Center to be launching the New Start Career Network,” said Maria Heidkamp, NSCN’s director. “While we know the job market remains difficult for older workers who are long-term unemployed, we believe that together with our colleagues from the broader Rutgers community, including Rutgers Career Services and the Alumni Association, our partners in the nonprofit, state government, education, and employer communities, plus the many spirited individuals from across the state who have volunteered to serve as one-on-one coaches, we can bring together the energy and creativity needed to help our fellow New Jerseyans.”
The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, founded in 1997, is based at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. It is one of the nation’s leading university-based research and policy centers dedicated to raising the effectiveness of the American workplace through improved workforce education, placement, and training. The Heldrich Center identifies innovative workforce practices and practical policy changes that can help Americans receive the education and training they need to be productive and prosperous in a global knowledge economy. Learn more at
New Start Career Network Inaugural Advisory Board Members
Philip D. Murphy (Chair)
Chairman and Co-Founder
New Start New Jersey
Sivaraman Anbarasan
Executive Director/CEO
New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development
Dennis Bone
Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship
Montclair State University
Tim Castano
New Start New Jersey
Christina DeOliveira
Chair, Workforce Readiness
Garden State Council - Society for Human Resource Management
Vicki Gaddy
Vice President, Talent Services
Glenn Henry
Director of Human Resources
UPS - North Atlantic District
Ralph Izzo
Chairman, President and CEO
Douglas Johnston
Interim State Director
AARP New Jersey
Amy Mansue
Chair, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
President & CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital
Carlos A. Medina
Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey
Gil Medina
Executive Vice President
Lori Strauss
Program Manager, Income Impact Area
AARP Foundation
Kathy M. Weaver
Vice President of Programs
Newark Alliance
David Zaharchuk
Global Industry Research Leader
IBM Institute for Business Value
Partners and Collaborators
Nonprofit Organizations
Garden State Council - Society for Human Resource Management
Mental Health Association in New Jersey
National Council on Aging in New Jersey
New Jersey Foundation for Aging
New Start New Jersey
Newark Alliance
United Way
New Jersey Resources
Employer Associations
New Jersey Business and Industry Association
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Government Agencies
Governor’s Office of Volunteerism
New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development 
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
New Jersey Library Association
New Jersey State Library
Rutgers University
Alumni Association
University Career Services
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