March 26, 2018
Job Search Work Teams—How They "Work"
Let’s face it – no one wants to face a job search alone. It can be a daunting task no matter where you are in your career. However, just like in sports, there is strength in numbers. That’s where the Job Search Work Team (JSWT) at the Westport Library comes in. This group, which meets Tuesday mornings from 9 -11am, helps jobseekers obtain positions by having them go through a systematic process of job hunting.
The system of a “work team” was originally developed by Orville Pierson, former Executive Vice President of Career Development at the outplacement firm, Lee Hecht Harrison. By using a team approach, the process of finding a job is less burdensome. There is scientific proof that belonging to a JSWT speeds your search time by up to 20%!
The Westport Library’s JSWT began late in 2017 with 12 members, and today, 50% of the participants have found positions! Why is this method so successful? First, it is not a therapy or support group in the typical sense. It is a group of people committed to helping each other. The team keeps everyone motivated, similar to having workout buddies keep you on track to meet your fitness goals. Second, it is a highly organized and expertly guided project management approach to job searching. There are over 10 quantitative measures of job search success that team members follow. They set their goals and share progress with the team. Third, members are focused on key tasks, such as brainstorming, information sharing, networking, discussing common challenges and developing action items. Fourth, participants offer constructive feedback and strategies.
The benefits of belonging to a JSWT are many: gain confidence, improve search strategies, increase your networking, develop resilience, and momentum. As one successful member said: “The JSWT has been the most helpful component of my search efforts and it allowed me to weave together and apply all the knowledge gleaned from the many other groups in the area.” Another graduate said, “It made the search more quantifiable in nature - which made progress easier to track.”
If you are in the job search mode, join us on Tuesday mornings and speed up your job search! For further information, contact Business Librarian Ellen Janpol at email@example.com or at 203.291.4823.