Kickstart a long job search or start a new search right by joining a job club, one of the most helpful things that many job seekers never think to do.
My friend and executive resume writer Donna Svei calls job clubs “the top habit of exceptionally successful job seekers.”
In her article about job clubs, my friend and fellow job search expert Susan Joyce mentions how “a 2014 U.S. Department of Labor study found that job club participation increased job search success for members of the study from 22% (those with no club participation) to 74% (those who attended weekly meetings).”
I wish I had joined a job club back on my long job search in 2001-2002. It might have saved me from becoming job search depressed, and that search probably wouldn't have been nearly as long or as frustrating. Grrr.
What is a job club program?
A job club is a group of people who meet regularly with the common goal of finding a better job.
Often, a job club will be organized and lead by a career expert who will coach and teach members how to get better results, through activities such as proofreading your resume, helping you target employers and prepare for job interviews.
Job clubs are also meant to be job search moral support groups, helping job seekers through the ups and downs of their searches, and job clubs may also act as networking groups, where members share leads with each other.
While many job clubs are simply for local community job seekers, sometimes the club will be grouped differently, such as for a specific profession, industry, age group, people with autism, people with a disability… you name it.
If all this doesn't sound good to you, I'd love to hear why in the comments.
So where do you find local job clubs?
I've compiled a long list for you here below.
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If you know of any other job clubs that aren't already in the list, please suggest them in the comments below.
- The ILSC Voice – ILSC Language Schools has been offering language training programs to International students from more than 100 countries since 1991, and is the largest and longest running of ILSC Education Group’s 5 divisions, which also include Colleges, Teacher Training, Language Training for Business, and Continuing Education.
- STEP Job Club – NOVA's STEP Job Club is an eight-week preparation for work program. It's run on an in-house basis at NOVA Offices for both registered and non-registered NOVA job seekers, and at participating High Schools.
- Skills for Change – Building Welcoming and Equitable Communities
- Job Skills – Empowering YOU to get the job you want! Join the Club!
- Aboriginal Futures' Job Club Program – Job Club is a group assisted job search program for individuals looking to find employment. Participants will explore the hidden job market, build relationships with employers, learn how to get results with the use of today's technology and participate in interview coaching.
- Autism Job Club – Autism Job Club meets twice a month for peer-to-peer support of its members and member parents… providing professional guidance towards finding employment!
- Castle Blayney – an information resource for residents and visitors to Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.
- Donegal Local Development CLG. – Supporting our Communities (DLDC) is a community led local development organisation.
- Portlaoise Jobs Club – provides training to help you prepare to find a suitable job, access suitable training or education opportunities.
- Northside Partnership – Jobs Club is part of our Local Employment Service. It offers a two-week programme which helps people who are looking for work with their: Motivation, CV preparation, Interview techniques, Communication skills
- Nenagh Job Club (outreach to Roscrea and Thurles) – Nenagh Job Club has a range of resources available to you that are designed to assist you in making sound, informed decisions about your career.
- Job Club Locations from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
- CAP Job Clubs – A welcoming club that provides practical help, personal coaching and a group of friends to support people back into work.
- Worldwide School of English's Job Club – We will provide you with information about working in New Zealand. Areas of employment include: Restaurants, Cafes, Hotels, Shops, Supermarkets, Travel/Tour Agencies and tourism operators. We also offer Career Counselling, CV Preparation, Interview Skills Training and Application for an New Zealand Tax (IRD) Number. We will teach you about NZ labour laws, what your rights are, rates of pay etc.
- Coventry Vineyard CAP Job Club – a friendly place where you will get practical help as you seek employment. It's a relaxed environment with the chance to meet other jobseekers, get support and gain the tools you need to find work.
- The Unity Centre Job Club – We are now running a weekly job club at The Unity Centre, every Friday 12-2pm. Pop in for help with CV’s, job searching, interview skills and more!
- M3 Job Club – Activate you charity profile today! Publicise your appeals, Receive legacy appeals, Advertise for goods, Find volunteers, Share news and photos, Add a donation link to the page of your choice.
- Bracknell Open Learning Centre Job Club – Every Thursday from 9:30am to 4pm. At the Bracknell Open Learning Centre.
- The Mead Job Club – This event is running from 27 June 2018 until 3 June 2020.
- Camberley Central Job Club in Knoll Road – The sessions are held every Monday from 10am to 12pm at High Cross Church, Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY. For more information, contact Murray Rowlands on 01276 27367.
- The foundation for jobseekers‘ 4 job clubs:
- Careers Springboard (Gerrards Cross) – meets Monday evenings at St. Andrew's United Reformed Church Hall.
- Careers Springboard Bracknell – meets Friday afternoons at the Open Learning Centre, Easthampstead.
- Careers Springboard West Berkshire – meets Wednesday afternoons at Broadway House.
- East Berkshire Executive Job Club – meets Thursday mornings at Slough Aspire Centre.
- Slade Green Big Local Job Club – Come meet our friendly team. Free back to work support. Free digital skills training. Free welfare benefit advice. Every Wednesday from 12pm to 3pm at St. Augustine's Church Hall Slade Green Road, Erith, DA8 2HX
- The CAP Job Club at East Side of York -Having opened a successful job club in Acomb, the CAP Job Club is now offering a free service in the east side of York to help equip people with the tools and skills to find work.The job club starts at 1pm this Friday at Tang Hall Community Library in Fifth Avenue.
- The Gateway Church CAP Job Club – The Job Club takes place at our office, 99c High Street, Kings Lynn, on Tuesdays from 10am (except school holidays). Please call 01553 774881 or 0800 3280006 to book into the Job Club or for more information. Alternatively you can email Mike at email@example.com.
- Clementswood Baptist Church – The Church is now offering free weekly workshops to boost the job-hunting process for unemployed people by equipping them with the tools, skills and confidence to find work.To find out more about Christians Against Poverty Job Clubs or to book your place visit capjobclubs.org to book a place telephone 0800 3280006.
- CAP Job Clubs – Your local CAP Job Club meets weekly. You’ll follow an eight week course that will give you all the tools you need to find work, from writing a CV that employers won’t be able to resist, to brushing up on those all important interview skills. Our Job Clubs are completely free.
- Bardsley Work Club – A friendly welcome and help with online job searches and job applications, CV writing, interview skills, motivation and confidence building for anyone unemployed. One to one support available. Bardsley HouseHill Top CoventryCV1 5EP, 07723 055 736
- Foleshill Baptist Church – Employment advice and support via Citizens Advice, weekly. Contact Tim Rees at 024 7668 9000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Holbrooks Community Care Association Weekly Job Club – Weekly job club – Online job search CV production and updating Complete online applications. Contact Julie-Ann Booth at 024 7663 8681 or email email@example.com.
- St Oswalds Church Hall Tile Hill Job Club – Come to our new, friendly, independent and free job club to support you finding work. Internet and computer access available. Contact Dawn Easthope at 07512 924401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment, or check the Facebook group for updates.
- WATCH Employment Advice Centre – Victoria Street – A job club, offering application writing skills, CV writing, interview training, media skills, broadcasting and experience of running a community radio. Contact Trisha Evans at 024 7655 0564 or email email@example.com
- Deaf Umbrella CIC Programme – Fully funded and sponsored by Deaf Umbrella we bring you pre-employment support for Deaf people. Tuesdays from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 1 to 4pm we provide BSL support workers to assist members of the London and South East region (Kent) deaf community to engage with employment activities.
- Cook Inlet Tribal Council Youth Job club – To participate, you must be signed up with CITC youth employment services. You must be Alaska Native/American Indian and meet low income requirements. To sign up call (907)793-3114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ADDA Job Seekers' Club – This group was so successful last year that we brought it back by popular demand. ADDA is offering a support program for people with ADHD who are seeking employment. Join us on Wednesday evenings for ADDA’s Job Seekers Club.
- Camberley & District Job Club – For a more personal session tailored to your exact requirements, a 1-2-1 appointment can be made for a Thursday. If you wish to make an appointment, please Contact Us through our email address: CDJobClub@gmail.com. Opening Times: Monday 10.30 – 12.30
- The HOPE Program Job Club – HOPE Graduates Are Encouraged To Participate In Job Club Until They Secure Employment. Job Club Hours: Monday 9 AM – 3 PM and Wednesday 9 AM – Noon
- Skills & Learning Adult Community Education – We are the largest provider of high quality, free Job Clubs in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. These are drop-in sessions where our friendly staff will help you on your road to work. They will work with you to develop your skills so that you can move closer to the job you want.For more information on any of the above or to make an appointment with a learning adviser, or careers adviser, please telephone the Customer Service Team at Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole on 01202 262300 | 01305 819059 or email email@example.com.
- Job Club RI – Job Club RI strengthens the employability of unemployed and underemployed job seekers by providing them with community-based group and individualized job search support, counseling, networking and placement services, and thereby benefiting the New England community.
- Central Kentucky Job Club – Looking to make a career transition? Are you underemployed or out of work? Central Kentucky Job Club is a free workshop open to the public and brought to you by The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service, and the UK Human Resources Staff Career Development. Job Club meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Business attire is encouraged. Location & Time: Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way Lexington, KY
(Formerly Red Mile Place, just off Red Mile Road), 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 9-10:15 a.m.
- Lisle Township Job Club – We meet every Wednesday at the Community Career Center in Naperville at 10:30 AM; one Friday of every month (except November and December) at the Lisle Library Conference Room (Coffee is always provided) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Check Lisle Library Event Calendar for the exact date: www.lislelibrary.org or by email with Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- WorkNet DuPage Career Center Job Club – Friday Job Club is a great opportunity to network with other job seekers and share job lead information, as well as to get advice and guidance from Jim Fergle, our Employment Services Manager. Participants support one another offering input, sharing experiences, becoming LinkedIn contacts, and providing words of encouragement. FRIDAY JOB CLUB IS HELD TWICE MONTHLY, FROM 8:30 AM TO 12:00 NOON.
- HIREDTexas Job Club – HiredTexas is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We help job seekers looking for career opportunities in Central Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission recognizes meetings for Hired Texas, including our forums, classes and Career Action Teams, as job search activities for Unemployment Insurance. Tuesday – 10:00 AM, Grace Presbyterian Church, 1705 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX 78664
- 40Plus of Greater Washington -Monday Speakers meetings are open to the public and free of charge. You are cordially invited to attend.Each meeting features a speaker who covers topics of interest to those who are involved in or contemplating a job search or career change. The meeting begins with a networking session at 9:45 AM. We ask everyone to be seated by 9:55 AM so that the speaker can start promptly at 10:00 AM. No reservations are needed. Come network with 40Plus members, other guests, and the speaker. The meeting is also an opportunity for anyone who is considering joining 40Plus to see and experience our organization.
- CareerWise – As a part of QSAC’s network of skill development groups, we launched CareerWise. This group provides support, guidance, networking opportunities, and training for individuals with disabilities who are currently employed or are searching for employment. CareerWise is a free service and meets on a bi-weekly basis.
- Jersey Job Club – The Jersey Job Club gives you the tools and support you need to find a job. We’ll help you develop new skills and improve on skills you already have. There are 23 Jersey Job Clubs throughout New Jersey.
- The DC Center – The DC LGBT Center educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
- Caterina's Club – A career exploration and job training opportunity for at-risk teenagers, preventing the cycle of homelessness. Desperate to learn the skills and abilities needed to get a job in hospitality? Then we are here to help!
- The Chicago Light House Job Club – Job Club hosts weekly support sessions to educate individuals who are unemployed or underemployed about job readiness, networking, professional etiquette and employment resources. Business attire is mandatory to attend. Sessions are held weekly on Mondays, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- DC Latino Job Clubs – The International Association of Latino-American Professionals (IALAP) & El Camino Career Services Invite you to join a FREE Latino Job Club that speaks YOUR language! We meet monthly to discuss different topics which are pertinent to your professional needs. El Camino Career Services en Wheaton Plaza Westfield Building South 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Suite #700 ~ Wheaton MD 20902 near Wheaton metro, and close to the JCPenny.
- Career Connect Coffee Club – Join other career seekers to network, become re-energized and get tips on marketing yourself. It's also a great opportunity to practice and get feedback on your ‘elevator speech' – that 60 second commercial that lets people know who you are and who your target companies are.
- The Job Forum – The Job Forum is a volunteer-run, free, community service where local managers and career experts have helped thousands of job seekers become more confident and successful in their hunt for their next great job in the San Francisco Bay Area.. Attend The Job Forum in San Francisco – Every Wednesday evening 6:30 to 8:30 pm – FREE.
- Youngstown Area Goodwill – Weekly job club is held to provide information on contacting employers, the local labor market, benefits, employment policies and practices, and job matches. Direct referrals attend classes in job seeking skills that include employment application preparation, interview techniques and resume development. The instructor and job placement specialist work together to ensure an easy transition to the world of work.
- JVS – Over the past 40 years, JVS has helped 80,000 people build in-demand skills and make connections to find jobs and strengthen our Bay Area community.
- Workforce Development Board of Solano County – The WDB oversees federally-funded workforce services through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 on behalf of Solano County. Services include the American Job Center of California System, called the Solano Employment Connection in Solano County, and intensive programs to support the talent development of the county.
- Jobs Driven Networking Group (Wheaton, IL) – This is for: Job Seekers: People looking for connections, leads, and networking skills. Job Givers: Employers with job openings or employees of companies offering referral bonuses to help fill their company’s job openings. Job Havers: People who are currently employed wanting to keep their networks strong for business opportunities and potential future job searches. Since the average employment tenure is less than 3 years, you’ll likely need a strong network someday. Start building it here!
Where else can you find a job club to join?
Didn't find a job club near you in the list?
There are plenty of other places to look:
- Google “job club near me” or “job search clubs near me” or “job club [YOUR LOCATION]” (e.g. “job club nyc”)
- Check out job club finders such as CareerOneStop‘s (USA only)
- Look on social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
- Ask a career coach to form one
- Start one yourself, perhaps by posting on a local bulletin board or in local Facebook groups
- Search for a virtual / online job club
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