Speaker Summary: PLAN + Accountability Team = Job Search Results on April 6

March 31, 2015

in Job Search, Life Skills, Meeting Reports, Networking

Craig Foster, Executive Director of Job Seekers Network spoke introducing the new second hour accountability groups they were kicking off today:  PLAN (Purpose-led Accountability & Networking) Teams – functional small groups which are collaborative, encouraging, structured, and action-oriented.  Studies show they help you get a job faster! Join at any time!     

Weekly 1 hour* agenda (for groups of 6 or fewer by functional area)

0 – 5 minutes – Gathering and greetings

5 – 35 minutes – Each participant has 5 minutes to share (using Weekly Plan):

  1. 30 second elevator pitch, including job title
  2. Top 3 target companies, if known
  3. High point of the week
  4. One action item for the week
  5. One area where need help **
  6. One helpful thing learned during the job search process this past week

35 – 55 minutes – Open discussion from “where I need help” ** comments, giving each participants’ need some attention.

55 – 60 minutes – Decide on when to meet next. Share contact info. Close in prayer


Getting laid off is not fun. It can be tough in a good job market and brutal in a bad job market. The search is full of rejection. You will undoubtedly endure a bunch of no responses before you get a final YES. It’s a shock and can create a feeling of helplessness, powerlessness and feeling alone that leads to low productivity in their job search.

A job seeker did their best, but despite their best efforts, they were let go. While powerless to avoiding a lay off, they are not powerless about getting a new job.

You don’t have to wait on jobs to open and employers to respond to your resume. But it’s hard work and requires a sustained effort. There is no magic bullet, but there is solid evidence on how job seekers can be more effective.

A combination of having a plan and being part of a collaborative, encouraging, structured, action-oriented peer group has proven to be an effective way to get a job faster. One study showed that job seekers that were part of a team like this found jobs 20% faster than those who were not part of a team.

4 Benefits to Accountability:

Accelerate: You move your job search forward faster with accountability!

  • All the resources, abilities and energy of the group are pooled
  • Help see each others’ blind spots
  • Group discussion stimulates ideas
  • Group members support each other; pick each other up when down.
  • Group shares common goals of moving forward

 Armed: You are better armed to tackle the job search with increasing resources and support from your PLAN Team!

  • Through group sharing and activities, you learn and practice current job search strategies and discover more insider information on current practices in your field, etc.
  • Keep each other informed of jobs and events

Action: By making a change and joining a PLAN Team, you make a PLAN and take Action!

  • You are more consistent to persevere and follow through in your efforts; less stop/start or stalling
  • You verbalize and commit to weekly metrics and goals
  • You can celebrate accomplishments and progress you’ve made
  • You Plan your work, then work your plan – which yields RESULTS!

 Attitude: Your attitude toward your job search will improve!

  • By taking personal responsibility, you become less of a victim and more proactive
  • Through serving others, your perspective and heart changes
  • As you meet your commitments, you are encouraged to keep going
  • By being teachable and learning from others, you will grow in many areas of life
  • You may experience spiritual growth as you see God work and as you serve, pray, comfort and encourage other

Craig Foster, Executive Director of Job Seekers Network was the speaker.

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