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Working Party - job seekers helping each other stay sane and land jobs

Finding and landing your first job can be really difficult. The process can eat away at your confidence and morale, particularly when you are under financial strain because of your unemployment and underemployment. Working Party aims to alleviate this stress by creating a community of job seekers who offer each other support, advice and tip each other off about hot new job opportunities.

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Finding and landing your first job can be really difficult.  The process can eat away at your confidence and morale, particularly when you are under financial strain because of your unemployment and underemployment.  

Working Party aims to alleviate this stress by creating an online and offline community of job seekers who offer each other support, advice and tip each other off about hot new job opportunities. 

Circle

Working Party could opperate as 'circles' (in a similar vein to Participle's Southwark Circle Movement (see below).  Job seekers sign up to become part of a number of online and offline circles (these could be linked by geography, field, interest or stage of your career).  As a member of the circle, you volunteer specific skills, knowledge, support and assistance to other members.  

Circles that cut across job funcations and fields will be useful in offering different ways to reach out to employers. 

Members may need to pay a nominal and symbolic membership fee to encourage ownership over the circle and its benefits (and to cover any admin costs).  Members will also need to donate a minimum number of hours to the service.  

Online vs. Offline Communities


Online meetups: sharing industry knowledge and provide moral support
  • Online circles are particularly apt at helping people connect with others searching for work in the same field.  
  • Field specific circles could:
    • share indsutry specific knowledge
    • job openings
    • ways to develop skills (eg: links to online courses / interesting material)
    • cv and cover letter proofing and checking
    • compare notes on application processes and interview tips
    • tips on breaking into the field
    • industry specific feedback on cvs / cover letters / portfolios (because a graphic designer's application is going to be really different to    biomedical engineer's application)
    • moral support.
Offline meet ups (geographically tied) are really well placed to help with:
  • moral and emotional support
  • cv and cover letter proofing and checking
  • social accountability that you are actively applying and searching for jobs
  • individuals can send each other job openings that they stumble upon and think that someone else in the circle may be interested in
  • Talks with mentors / HR professionals who can talk about what it takes to make an application stand out
  • networking - using the circle's extended network to find people in the field you want to enter
 

The circle movement in another context 


This idea is largely based on, and heavily indebited to  Participle's fantastic   Southwark circle movement. 

Southwark circle is a membership organisation that helps people take care of household tasks, forge social connections and find new directions in life. It is open to all, regardless of levels of need or income. 

The Southwark Circle community believes that people can be each others' solution, and backs it up every day, week and month by helping each other out with life's practical bits and pieces. By matching community members' skills with community needs. 
 

The idea emerged from:

  • An individual

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • I'm more throwing the idea out there to inspire potential implementers

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Great add, Jes! Goes along with Bolles' suggestion on Tim Brown's blog that youth could hunt for jobs in groups. Loving that provocation

Photo of Jes Simson
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Thanks Guy, yep, this is where the inspiration came from.

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