Securing employment can be difficult. This is especially true for individuals who are seeking a certain level or industry of employment. More often than not, well meaning friends and family try to suggest ideas, but are more likely than not employed in other industries. Bringing together a group of those in the same industry can bring new ideas and techniques to the group as a whole.
Choose A Site
Coffee shops are often the best places for small groups to meet. They are generally quieter than restaurants or bars, and are much less costly for those who are unemployed. Larger coffee shops may have a specific area or room that can be reserved on an ongoing basis. Less popular coffee shops are more likely to be accommodating, if your group plans to boost their business. Try to schedule the group to meet weekly. This will allow members to have the time to gather new information to bring along.
Advertise Your Group
There are many free options for advertising your group. Create a Facebook page, advertise on Craig’s List or simply let a local employment agency know that you exist. The best group is based around a central theme, so ensure that you include the purpose of the group in the posting: “A group of writing professionals meet every Wednesday @ Coffee Shop to share ideas on grant writing, securing employment and building your profile.” Larger groups require greater management, so try advertising small to start.
Invite Key Speakers
Once your group has established, invite speakers from your industry to share their story. Working professionals can act as mentors by illustrating the how and the where they got ahead.
Split The Event
Coordinate your event into two parts. The length of time for your event may vary dependant on the amount of members, and the information they wish to share. Schedule in two segments: Information & Mingling. The information portion of the evening should not exceed one hour, as the gatherings should be somewhat informal. The remainder of the time is used for building relationships within the group. Adjust the timing based on the size and wishes of the group as a whole.
A weekly meeting can help to motivate job seekers, as well as boost the opportunities that they are exposed to. By meeting with industry colleagues, information should be relevant to the whole group and encourage participation.