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How to Facilitate a Job Club
The job search process can leave even the most confident and experienced job candidate feeling alone, discouraged or confused. Job clubs consist of fellow job seekers who work together to support each other during their job search processes. Facilitate a job club and help keep job seekers in your area motivated and educated about job search tips and trends.
Come up with goals for your job club and an overall purpose. Use these details to help guide the direction of the job club you start. Your goal may be to create an environment where job seekers can meet to discuss interview tips, to review job search strategies or to simply provide weekly job search motivation.
Create a membership profile for your prospective job club. Determine what types of job seekers you want to target based on the goals and objectives you set for your job club. Your membership may include individuals with experience as executives, recent college graduates, mid career job seekers or job seekers in a specific industry.
Enlist the help of a career coach or career counselor who serves your target market and gather some general information about the typical job seekers they encounter. Find out the common concerns job seekers bring to them from resume formatting to tips on interviewing. Keep the contact information of the career coach or career counselor on hand once you start your job club, so that you may offer the person's name to your job club members if they need services beyond what the job club provides.
Find a location where your job club can meet regularly. The space should be large enough to accommodate members, contain chairs and tables and have access to electrical outlets for members who need to plug in laptops or audiovisual equipment for presentations.
Announce the dates and times for your job club meetings. After your first meeting, you may need to adjust your meeting schedule to fit the majority of the members who join your group, or you may opt for morning meetings and afternoon meetings to suit different schedules.
Advertise the launch your job club on blogs, websites and job boards, as well as at local career centers, coffee shops, community centers, churches and through professional associations and networking groups. Think about the places your ideal job club members go both online and offline to determine where to advertise your group. Ask attendees to RSVP by calling you or emailing you with their contact information including name, email address, phone number and reason for joining the club.
Prepare for the launch meeting by creating an agenda for the meeting and purchasing refreshments. Your agenda should be simple; outline the purpose of your group and give potential members insight into how they can join the group.
Use your launch meeting to get people to commit to membership and to compile a list of topics they'd like to discuss. Give each member an opportunity to introduce himself and his reason for attending the launch meeting. Use the information you gather to come up with programming for your job club, including booking guest speakers and organizing workshops and seminars to get job seekers ready for the jobs of their dreams,
Ask group members to come up with short-term and long-term career goals and aspirations during your second job club meeting. Group members can use these to identify how they'll use the group to help them accomplish their career goals.
Invite guest speakers to talk on topics such as resume writing, building a portfolio, where to look for jobs, best places to post resumes, proper etiquette at networking events and negotiating salary after receiving a job offer.
Miranda Brookins is a marketing professional who has over seven years of experience in copywriting, direct-response and Web marketing, publications management and business communications. She has a bachelor's degree in business and marketing from Towson University and is working on a master's degree in publications design at University of Baltimore.