We’ve are really proud of the fact that we’ve compiled one of the largest online list of job search clubs on the internet. We are actively trying to maintain a current list. Please let us know if any of the organizations we listed are no longer meeting OR if you know about a group not on our map. Please e-mail Sarah@Briefcasecoach.com with updates.
We effectively work with clients (virtually) all over North America. We know that the combination of having personalized one-on-one coaching + regularly attending a local job search networking group + having a small accountability and encouragement group can shorten a job search and yield better results.
A great way to compliment your individual sessions is joining a networking group in your community. Join a local networking group and attend networking events to meet face-to-face with other job seekers and employers. Not only will you get tips for your job search as well as potential job leads, but you'll increase the social support you receive while you are facing this difficult career transition.
Job search clubs can offer support, new connections and accountability.
1. Not all networking groups are created equal.
Let’s face it, some groups are better than others. The group leadership can make or break a group. Having a committed and organized leader can make a huge difference.
2. Make sure that your job search group has an agenda.
Job search clubs are not complaining sessions. Job searching is unbelievably hard, but the group should be more than a venting session.
3. Remember that some groups are for general audiences and others focus on niche job seekers.
Because some job search groups focus on specific audiences, it’s a good idea to call or e-mail the group leader in advance to learn more about the group you are exploring to make sure that you are a match. For example, in Columbus, OH, the Jewish Family Services has a group geared to international refugees and CWAT has a component that focuses on finding employment for Central Ohioans with disabilities.
4. Most importantly, remember that true networking—or relationship building— takes time.
You can not expect to attend a meeting once and land a job. Lastly, don’t forget to bring business cards, an executive 1-pager or resume to the meeting so that if you meet someone interested in having another conversation, you can leave them with some additional information about your experience.