Going it alone on your job search? You might want to re-think that and join a job club. Here’s why. Job club members enjoy many benefits that pass the solo job seeker by. Job club members:
- Find jobs up to four times faster.
- Learn high value job search skills.
- Create personal accountability by setting and reporting on goals.
- Gain a new network.
- Gain an enhanced understanding of local job markets.
- Give and receive emotional support.
- Enjoy the benefits of helping others.
- Experience lower levels of frustration with their job searches.
- Devote more time to their job searches.
- Team up on some job search tasks in order to eliminate duplicate efforts.
Where does this information come from?
The first item on the list, and the most compelling, is supported by research conducted by Nathan Azrin, a behavioral psychologist. Azrin conducted research during the 1970s that showed that job club members find work faster than solo job seekers.
Items two through nine on the list come from research published by Chris Kondo, a marketing professor at Cal State Fullerton, in 2009. Chris interviewed job club members and solo job seekers to identify the differences in their respective job search experiences.
AvidCareerist added number ten based on her knowledge of how job clubs operate. Job teams are a special type of job club. They share the heavy lifting, document much of their work, and pass it on to new club members.
I hope you’re convinced that joining a job club is the number one best thing you can do for your job search. These links will get you going on finding a club that’s right for you:
7/12/11 update: Consider starting an on-line job club using Google+ Hangouts.
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