Whether a job club forms organically at a local library or town hall, chances are the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. For starters, it gets job seekers from behind their computer and in front of people. As in real conversations, as in information gathering and sharing.
Per a piece on AOL Jobs, there are several ways to make the most out of local job club meetings.
1. Feeling less isolated. The job search can feel isolating especially if you’re not currently employed. It takes time, connections and of course, a ton of patience. Job clubs will help you feel part of a community where fellow smart, savvy, experienced job seekers with something to offer are dealing with your same issues.
2. Sharing technology information. Maybe a new app just launched that will help you with your search or maybe a company you’re vying to get into has a special application process that you wouldn’t otherwise have heard about. Catching up on information is always a good move.
3. Giving and receiving help. This is actually our favorite tip from the piece. It’s awesome to feel like you’re helping someone else whether it’s an inside tip or connection. And it’s always beneficial to be on the receiving end of help, even if it’s something as minor as having someone eyeball your resume for typos.
4. Expanding your network. One hour out of your week can be time well spent with like-minded goal-oriented folks looking to expand their network, too. As you meet new people in the club, you already know this but it’s worth repeating – connect on LinkedIn, ask them for introductions within their network and definitely stay in touch.
5. Disconnecting from technology. Yes, applying online to job after job feels productive but how beneficial is it, really? Are recruiters calling your phone off the hook after you submit that online profile?
Face time can truly help you feel like you’re making progress on the job front. Plus, you’ll take a much-needed break from technology. Brushing up on soft skills serves anyone well. The piece adds, “Just remember to shut down that smart phone, or, at least, turn off the ringer when you arrive.”