I had the great fortune this past week to take part in a job search advisory group and saw how it helped job seekers revisit their job search strategy. Too often in the world of job search, job seekers jump on the treadmill and do the same things day after day. An advisory board allows them to step back from the job search grind and look at a new approach.
Effective advisory groups are a small (less than 12) collection of people with varied points of view, equally invested in the job seekers success. The atmosphere has to be set so that everyone can speak openly and honestly.
The dynamic of the group is somewhat structured with an agenda or focus topics based on the groups needs. It is important that the group stay on point and that the suggestions are actionable. Overall objectives and take aways for the session should be established early to help maintain focus.
Some advisory groups like the one I was a part of included a small group of job seekers and a few job search and career professionals. Other advisory groups can be comprised of a single job seeker and various other professionals.
I’d encourage any job seeker who has been searching for longer than a year to consider assembling a job search advisory group to really look at your approach through another set of eyes.