From www.Job-Hunt.org

 How to find a job search support group

  • Check Job-Hunt’s famous Directory of Networking & Job Support Groups, by state
    This list links to the job support groups that have Websites or Web pages, and most do not.  So, use it as a starting point, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t find anything for your location.  Local groups may still exist, but not have a Website or a Web page that has been shared with Job-Hunt, or the group may have no online presence at all (NOT usually a reflection on their usefulness!).
  • Your state’s Employment Office (where you register for unemployment compensation) may keep a list of local job search support groups.
    Check Job-Hunt’s Directory of State Employment Offices to find your state’s office.
  • Check with MeetUp.com to see if any MeetUp job hunting groups meet in your area.
  • Tory Johnson’s WaggleForce.com offers 90+ “job clubs” in 20 states.
    You need to register to see the list of groups and locations.  If you are already a Ning member, just login with your Ning username and password.
  • Google and Yahoo Groups often are venues for job seekers to get together, sometimes only online, but often off-line, too.
  • LinkedIn Groups also offer a way to connect with other job seekers, usually only online, but sometimes off-line as well.
  • Your local library, community center, and places of worship may host a group and/or keep a list of local groups.

Groups that are also helpful, but typically more expensive include: The Five O’Clock Club, NetShare, , and ExecuNet.

What to look for in a job search support group

  • Ideally, the groups are moderated or run by a career professional, someone who understands how the whole process works and has current experience in either successfully finding employment themselves or in helping others to find jobs.
  • Usually the cost to attend is low.  Sometimes, if sponsored, they are free.
  • Avoid the “pity-party,” aint-it-awful groups.  You don’t need that – it will bring you down, not help you succeed.

Bottom Line

Finding a job is NOT easy for the vast majority of people.  Don’t waste time by thinking that you know it all or that you can’t get help.  You can find help, inexpensively if you need to, and you should.  NOW!  And, building your network now through job search support groups should make that next job search easier – and you will be job hunting again, some day.

About the author …

Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, her company, NETability, Inc. purchased Job-Hunt.org, and Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt since then. Follow Susan on Twitter @JobHuntOrg.