033 Finding Job Club Networking Groups to Accelerate your Search

Networking is the #1 way to find great new career opportunities. Getting your feet wet can be easy with a job seekers networking group. They go by many names, but with a common goal of connecting and facilitating.

Andrew and Scott share experiences with you on how and where to find networking groups for career seeking professionals..

Don’t miss these Topics:

  • How to Stay Resilient
  • Networking as a never-ending-activity
  • Common places that have networking resources.
  • Community colleges, Alumni groups, and University career resources.
  • Library and Public meeting places.
  • Professional associations
  • Outplacement, career/job coaches, and headhunters.
  • Local newspaper/classifieds
  • Local business magazine
  • Chamber of Commerce

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Jobseekers radio were talking about finding networking groups for job seekers specifically those groups were jobseekers congregate to help each other support each other in finding opportunities and really also providing maybe a little oral support right people think of support groups as being something designed only for mental health you can make the claim that this helps the mental health of those who are looking for work especially when you are looking for work for a long period of time right now were in what is considered a type job market but that doesn’t mean that everybody gets a job right away especially the higher the position the longer you been in a career Courage everyone to look for job seekers groups that will support one another both with networking as well as ideas on how to be resilient know it’s interesting when you’re in a job for a long time you haven’t had a need to network and finding these groups is kind of a low stakes wait for you to get started in the idea of networking would be hey I have a done this before can I practice with somebody where the stakes are low very attractive to me primarily because I like to contribute to them and I know you do we do that currently throughout the group called the Breakfast Club and I found it the more that I do it the more situations I see the more helpful I can be right to two people right we pick up the nuances that happened in between everyone tells everybody tells the same story just different versions of it The point of a support group you’re not it’s not a good idea to walk into one thinking I have all the answers or by the same token we often have the answers somewhere in our heads we just need to open up the right doors or create the right connections in our minds to actually come across I haven’t done that in a long time you you’re really re-starting the process as you say it in your job for a long time and you have a good networking one of the things that I learned during one. I got appointment that lasted three years for me that was really tough at the same time I was told that I had all the answers and so it working through those I actually found a way to be resilient while I was unemployed and that’s what these groups of four and it made you a better person on the other side really came out We talk about networking with an organization that is vital to creating that practice not having those muscles get week or after if you want to practice you want to work out the advantage that that gives you is it nobody stays in a job forever eventually they’ll move on to something else and they retire they may move to another company but your network as long as you’re working and will continue to expand if you keep practicing so if you find yourself without a job and you already have a network that you can go back to so these groups are actually in our area Portland Oregon is actually pretty flush with groups in the community so we know where they are but it may not be easy for somebody that’s out in the community trying to find a job Scott We really recommend that you visit many of them defined the Wednesday work best for you right every single one of these groups is going to have a different style a different twist a different offerings and we don’t expect everyone to fit in every group that we all have different styles we all have different priorities so here is our opportunity then to approach this as a mission where I’m going to go to all the groups that I can find and see which one is actually going to benefit me the most and if that’s just to make me feel the best that’s OK because eventually you’ll see where it leads you it is the leading on the directory one there’s another one that you couldn’t join or it’s an opportunity for you to actually make a difference in that group if it’s not something that you did when you came to Breakfast Club’s hey there was an opportunity for you to contribute sure if you wanted to take her group really take on the There is a philosophy about Jean-Claude where it was set up like a sales organization right and you would show up to John club at 8 o’clock and 8 o’clock to do you would be setting up meetings it from noon to 5 o’clock meeting Peter right now and it was the promise was making a joke about it looking for a job we’ve seen other groups take that to be a little less structured it as you say it’s not a new idea it’s something that works for a lot of people weather and there is one in your area will depend on the kind of market place that you live in but I would start out by doing a simple Internet search a Google search for a job club to see what comes up in your area or you might find his people it’s not really using the name to name their club principles absolutely but then you can also What time so if you find that the book is out of print I was sure that you’ll be able to find resources online actually have a snippet of the concept inside of what color is your parachute really good so will leave a copy of that resource in the show notes that is a division of the department of labor it’s actually administered by the state of Oregon right state of mind because of the difference in California for example is the economic development department or employment development Department sorry everybody calls it ED but they contract with private entities to actually do the job seeking help I was involved with that many years ago when I got laid off from his job when I was working in LA it was a really good resource eight do a lot of things They will make computers available to you they have different workshops that you can attend and all of that is free of charge it’s paid by tax money so it’s trying to get people back into the workforce getting them skills to find those jobs for which they are actually qualified the leaders dick sometimes those programs also have a job seekers group or a networking meet up also moderate I know here in Hillsboro which is a suburb of Portland on Mondays and Fridays so there’s a high tech networking group that work source right and you’ll find the contact information for your local labor labor office I would give them a call and asked to speak with someone who knows about these resources that can help get you started in your search Resources that the topper through your state I think that’s probably your top priority is to contact him in and make yourself available to their resources that you don’t have to pay anything for it in there usually up to date occasionally they will have restrictions if you’re not playing the compensation or you know they designate people when you go in there so there are certain services that may not be available so I think Scot is right is it it’s a good idea to actually call them and see what resources are available to you spending half a day but I need the old local office waiting in line at taking a number of every state has different rules it in my experience they would take anybody in that office that it wasn’t unemployment benefits where are the qualifications are pretty strict this was if you don’t have work we will help you find it but that was the office that I work in If you are eligible they typically have a list of resources are working. You are the reason the next location is in a lot of these Labor Department programs could potential he be delivered through a community college but it’s also an additional resource that you might consider to find some of these groups write some states offer locational training at no cost or a nominal cost these are also really good ways to meet people when you find them at the community college level you’re opening up more doors to make your networking when you go there and you’re talking to people who are involved in ministry these workshops or somehow connected tangentially if you can get in a conversation with him you’re going to open your network so it’s a really good way to meet people but you also can’t attend these meetings that have a femur Or similar expertise or similar experience so you have something in common that really well again you may want to community college information desk sure what how do you go to their website do a search on Calendar groups might be available and then there’s also the large colleges and universities their alumni group is almost always have some kind of job to help her whatever that’s called up at the different universities but they didn’t want to help their graduates to MoveOn in their careers head if you are at a college graduate your alumni Association is a great place to start and you don’t have to be in the same community where your university is in a different state but they can put me in Library’s might be another resource because public place where Kruse can meet so not a common if you went to the local library community library might find a list of events and long behold what is the event is some kind of great point and professional associations or another avenue that you can take a member of an association you probably are already aware but if you are in a professional business that has an associate association connected to inform that is made up of people within your industry that’s a really good resource now they will have membership dues but some of them all for scholarships so if you are not employed but you do have the expertise you can actually get around that Consider since I am one is local career coaches is sometimes they’ll be pretty two different groups that are available and where the need is not uncommon that I give somebody local resources so they can take it vantage of and it’s also not a common actually be leading one of these jobseekers group with Breakfast Club it really just depends on what you’re looking to get out of it I do it as a community service because it was something it really is there’s usually a cost involved with most coaches but I it’s been my experience that reaching out to them and having a first conversation sort of an introductory session fee for that to at least get people on the right track if they feel that they can help you with your search if you have the resources to pay Figure out where your gaps are in whether that’s in your networking or your job search specifically whether it’s a resume that you need to tweak whether it’s the way you put your cover letter together job coaches are incredibly helpful if you have the resources to pay for them there’s also a placement companies actually are helping people transition from Blenman to being laid off two placement company is not only a list of or access to some kind of resources but they may also hold those kind of networking event inside yes I’ve participated in those they’re very helpful to help me expand my network now I am going to have a number of different different brands if you will not ever Single networking opportunity is going to help you make that next contact but again it’s going to help you connect with the other people looking and even if you don’t need somebody to take you to the next level every time you go it’s still worth going the next thing to consider is his numbers are recruiting firms all the time community service companies as well they can be really instrumental one if you really need a job now it won’t be a real high pain most of the time you will be working and when you could show that you’re working for this temporary agency for the period time when you’re still looking for that dream job you will still be unemployed again so in your resume you won’t have a gap you’ll show that you’re working for the temp Did they have a vested interest in working with you do you have an interest in placing you so it’s not just a grind date they can be really instrumental when the thing that I learned working with organization is it they are going to create a different version of your resume nearly every company gives you a different view with they want something slightly different and one of the recruiters that I talk to you little more than a year ago made the best give me the best advice I’ve heard and that is keep using the resume to get your calls it there’s one that you got some responses for in another one that you didn’t use the one that got you the responses it’s always good to get a headhunter maybe look at some kind of ministry They assign you a mentor curriculum they meet every week I mean it’s a real real progress it’s not a paste of the sensor they’re going to try to come for you that’s what really turning me around because of course I made the assumption that they were going to try to bring me into their church. And not just tell me and that’s not the case with this group there may be some the do and if that’s not your thing if you’re not part of that community that’s OK find one that does it differently but the point is your faith based organizations are unity and if there is an opportunity for you especially if you have an affinity with that group you were going to open up more doors to the networking that is going to get you eventually talk to the right people so how do we find these things we talked about a lot of different resources in a couple of the sites that I would highly recommend It’s OK for us to have a paid service doesn’t make sense so I think there’s gonna be a lot more I’m just making a Sumption posted on event bright and you could to go to event bright.com and just do a simple search in your area in they do we would recommend some just to clarify event bright to be all right I’m surprised at how well are used to bedside has become it used to be just for a special event center trying to get people to buy tickets to it and over the past few years that they’ve been around they really have taken off and branched out into things other than specific events like concerts and small theater ticket sales the like they’re really becoming very popular so I agree I would start the other place I would go is made up and meet up.com is well known in the job seekers general community I will see the different cities have different levels of participation some cities for example Or you could find a few key areas there are a lot of networking opportunities listed there and I know there are in other cities as well so when you go to those sites type in keywords like Jean-Claude professional networking for whatever you wanna do just use those keywords and see what you can find at your local community networking is in Porten were to include obviously job would be the one to put in there to be sure to put your greater metropolitan area name in there so you’re reaching beyond if you live in a small town small town but if I put Portland it will include Hillsboro so just bear that in mind when you’re doing your search but it occurred to me another resource might be a local newspaper in a lot of those of gone online but there still a publishing deal so they might run the story about the job seekers group It’s it’s great because now you’re not looking at a national database and whatever they give you your looking for things that are really local business newspaper cities there’s a business magazine publication don’t have resources available as well there are other ideas of what we like to do at this point is to have you go to jobseekers radio.com and give us feedback on some of the tips that you would provide others in looking for networking groups we’re open to answer questions or to forward new ideas we don’t have all the ideas here so please let us know what works for you go to jobseekers radio.com/033 There’s a spot at the bottom where you can leave a comment or are you can go to the upper right hand side of the webpage and there’s a contact us we need additional support we love to hear from you well thank you for joining us for this episode of jobseekers radio your investment of time and attention is greatly appreciated so head on over to iTunes and subscribe future episodes are there please if you will give us a review podcast and let us know what you think is really important and I would like to thank you the list for actually getting used to the point contributions are greatly appreciated. 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