Testimonials and Success Stories


Many people in the Ipswich 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group have expressed the gratitude that they feel they are not alone and enjoy the camaraderie and support that the networking group provides.  Members return because they feel encouraged and supported in this environment.  The group leader, Debbi Hope, is patient, listens well and encourages the independence of each member to pursue their dreams.  She has helped open people’s minds from being narrowly focused on what they have done to go out of their comfort zone to find opportunities based on their skills versus their past industrial experience.

The Ipswich networking group has had many success stories since we started meeting in September  that include:

Tony K – after more soul searching and the realization that the funeral industry is not as busy as it used to be, Tony has received a new job. He will be a Recovery Specialist with Lahey Health Behavioral Services in Danvers.

Claire S. – accepted a part time position at an art gallery in Newburyport.

Ellen T. has taken a part time position with Marini Farm Bakery.

Barbara M – will be volunteering to do landscaping at a state park.

Ellen T. has interviewed for a job within her field of interest.

Susan H. has been attending Meet-Up sessions and encouraged other members of the networking group to investigate and attend these meetings.

Christine H. got a job as an instructional technologist – got the job on LinkedIn – saw the company looking at her; applied for the job; got the job. Made changes to add ‘critical words’ to the resume based on discussions at the 50+ networking sessions.

Teresa F. – has a verbal job offer pre-sales for a company that sells purchasing software.

TONY K. – after a 30 year career in the Food Service….Tony was open to new horizons….. Just after completion of the hiring process at Lahey Health as a Recovery Specialist…..“I accepted an awesome offer from a Gloucester based seafood company as Director of Development.”

CORRINE B.    Reached out to a local college and is an Adjunct Professor!

ELLEN T. has taken a part time position with Marini Farm Bakery!

CAROL B. has taken a new job!! Assistant Director of Digital Marketing at Lasell College in Newton, MA. “While the 50+ Job Seekers Group did not play a direct role in me finding and landing this job, it helped me emotionally and professionally during the long job-search process.”


Wenjen H. created an encore career!! She started her career in the corporate world as an Industrial Engineer and after moving her family 11 times in 20 years across several continents she successfully utilized her “relocation” skills. She passed her real estate agent’s license and joined MA Properties Online based in Lexington, a team of Leading Edge Real Estate. ” Wenjen joined the 50+ Job Seekers in the 2017/2018 session and returned again this past fall for more networking, skill building and sharing new ideas.

Linda D. has landed her dream job as an HR professional at a new startup company! After expanding her search and dedicated efforts during an 18 month period, Linda networked with HR professional organizations, interviewed for a variety of HR positions and persevered. She recently announced, with a smile as wide as the sky, that she will be Associate Director, Human Resources at Mitra Biotech. The 50+ Job Seekers was one of many resources that Linda utilized to enhance her job seeking skills and to widen her network….She willingly shared many leads and thoughtful perspectives to our group…..Here’s what she had to say about her job search:

  • Conducting a job search is hard, exhausting work and can sometimes be isolating and frustrating.  All the literature and teachings out there say that networking is the number one way to find a job since a very small percentage of jobs are actually posting.  However, to me, the very word ‘networking’ made me cringe.  I am not one to seek out help nor to sell myself. However,  is so important for a job seeker to get out of their house and meet other people and the 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group is one way to accomplish that goal in a friendly, supportive and non-intimidating environment.  The Burlington Group, led by Debbi Hope, was all of that and more.  Debbi brings her wealth of experience in the business world and as a coach to the group along with her natural, calming demeanor; starting each meeting with a relaxation exercise. 

    I have found that attending the Burlington Group provided me with insight from others and also allowed me to share my experiences and expertise as well.  I know I am one who gets fulfillment from helping others, even when I’m struggling.  We had topics each meeting that were important to our search from LinkedIn profiles to 30 second commercials/elevator pitch, etc., that were helpful in keeping us focused and moving forward in our search.

    After almost a year and a half (with time off for surgery and recovery), I did start a new job as an Associate Director of Human Resources at Mitra Biotech,  a small biotech start-up doing great things with immune-oncology.  My confidence came back the second I walked in the door on my first day.  Everyone has been warm and welcoming and I have dived right in!

    So, thank you Debbi, Audrey and all my fellow job seekers for your support and encouragement.  Keep looking UP and take time to look at the world around you – especially now that Spring is here.  It is a new beginning!  Best of luck.

Christine B. has been interviewing with several companies as she continues to pursue HR Benefits work.

Stephanie C. is building a portfolio of opportunities. She is pursuing contract work in two industries where she has expertise and years of experience.

“I have been offered and accepted a contract position and I am well on my way to building my portfolio career!  I even have an informational interview this week to explore another area of interest. The 50+ group has most definitely helped me to clarify what I want to do at this stage of my life and career.  The 3 sessions I have attended have expanded my vision to what is possible and I am very grateful! “

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