Looking for a Job? Join a Club…Literally

A study done by the U.S. Department of Labor reported that 74% of older workers recently participated in U.S. DOL job clubs. They also reported that they were able to find work about 12 weeks after they attended the club. In contrast to the amount of workers that found work, we 22% of job seekers in the same age bracket that did not participate in clubs that had jobs within that same time frame.

It definitely seems like a 75% success rate is a pretty good payoff. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of direct job club benefits:

  1. Realizing that you are not alone in the struggle of searching for a job – It’s easy to succumb to the helplessness that comes with sitting at your computer for hours applying for jobs and sending off resumes. When you get away from your desk, however, you will find that the struggle is real and that there are others out there that are dealing with the same thing.
  2. Giving and receiving help – Sharing information that you gather and receiving helpful information in return, is something that you can benefit from in job clubs. You can also have your fellow members proof read job applications, resumes and your LinkedIn profile. You can also pay it forward and do the same in return.
  3. Expanding your network – In a job club you will meet a lot of new people. Each of these people may serve as a connection to other people that may play a hand into getting a job. Growing your network of people can be a very helpful tool when trying to find a job.
Joyce, S. (2014, September 15). Job Clubs Can Boost Your Job Search Success. Retrieved September 15, 2014, from http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/09/15/job-clubs-can-boost-your-job-search-success/

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