Community Based Networking Groups – Picking the Right One for You

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Community Based Networking Groups – Picking the Right One for You

There are almost 50 different job transition networking groups in the Twin Cities. Choosing the one right for you depends on your objective. These groups range from faith based groups in churches which offer a supportive environment that promotes fellowship, to groups specific to a certain professional level or industry. Transition groups are faciliated by either group members, well intended volunteers or professionals. Some groups have a definate structure and others are more free flowing. One transition group walks you through a point based job search process, another hands out contacts into target companies and others distribute job leads. It is often that these groups have speakers, experts in the areas of job search, HR, and recruiting. My counsel to job seekers is to try a few and get a sense for how it meets your current job search needs. I also advise, that when choosing a group, to assess the qualifications of the facilitator, what the group’s primary objective is, and what type of professionals attend. I tell clients to choose only a few to attend, because otherwise they waste too much time in groups and not enough time doing other job search activities. If you have a question about which job search transition group is right for you, send us an email, we’d be happy to steer you in the right direction.


About the Author:

Cultivating Careers was founded by Karen Kodzik, a Career Consultant who has worked with individuals in transition for over 13 years. Karen meets professionals at various points on their career path and works with them to gain a clearer sense of where they want to take their careers. Karen Kodzik holds a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career Development. Karen couples seasoned counseling skills with a solid business acumen. She has coached and consulted various levels of professionals across industries to successfully reaching that next point in their career.