Job Search Work Teams

August 9, 2016

Job Search

wearehiringHave you ever had to look for a job?

Many of you have and some of you may be searching for the first time. Most people don’t have work just handed to them on a silver platter, even with a strong network.

Job seeking can be an isolating endeavor, especially if you are not actively networking. (See other blogs here on the topic of networking and its importance to your job search).

Consider starting or joining a Job Search Work Team.

This is a group of job seekers who meet regularly to generate ideas, contacts and help each other during the job search.

These groups are most successful with between 8 and 15 members that meet for up to 2 hours per week and encourage new members to join as older members obtain jobs. The smaller numbers allow everyone to have a chance to share their weekly check in.

Specific goals for this group include networking, support and accountability.

Some benefits include:group

  • Faster time to land
  • Emotional support
  • Ideas for penetrating the hidden job market
  • A more positive attitude
  • Accountability

These teams can be run in a variety of ways. Typically allow 3 to 5 minutes per person for an initial check in. Participants share three highlights of their past week’s job search, priorities for the coming week or next steps and any specific requests for help.

Each week an agenda item can be included agreed on and that benefits all members of the group.

If this sounds like a good idea and/or you have been looking for a while with little success, consider a Job Search Work Team. For more information, contact your local employment office or career counselor. There is also a helpful book by Orville Pierson called Team Up! Find a Better Job Faster with a Job Search Work Team. You can also reach out to any one of us on this blog site for further information.


Aly AnlikerAly Anliker, Ed.M

Aly is a creative organizational and career consultant with over fifteen years of experience in Training Management, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She has a background in Human Resources and Marketing and has worked in a variety of industries including telecommunications, high technology, manufacturing and non-profit.

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One Comment on “Job Search Work Teams”

  1. Gail Nicholson, MA, LPC Says:

    Great topic Aly!!

    Gail Jean Nicholson, MA, LPC “Offering a blend of personal and career counseling”

    Individual Counseling Collaborative Divorce Coaching Employee Assistance Programs Outplacement Services

    1020 SW Taylor, Suite 550 Portland, Oregon 97205 503.227.4250


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