Success Teams – The Way People are Getting Hired in the East Bay

Those in transition know how difficult it is right now trying to land the next job. It’s even harder trying to do it alone. Sitting in front of your computer, gazing at the same old job postings on scores of job boards is depressing. Worse, those positions you absolutely know you are the perfect fit for, that you’ve crafted the perfect cover letter, tuned your resume to match it, got on their site and spent 30 minutes applying, then… nothing! So what do you do? Repeat the process.

Here’s a better idea, and one that has been working among those who attend Job Connections on Saturday mornings at Danville’s Community Presbyterian Church: Success Teams.

Success teams are groups of 4-7 people who meet regularly each week at a Starbuck’s, library, someone’s home or any designated place. They are usually formed by industry group, age, level, geography or just about any other way people meet.

There are C-Level teams, sales & marketing teams, finance teams, IT teams, Danville (or any other town where members can conveniently meet) teams, or people of a certain age.
It doesn’t really matter what the name of the team is – what does matter is that the people who meet are the ones who get jobs.

Why? There are probably several reasons, but here are a few: The people who get up from their computers and go out and meet others have just raised the odds for themselves. 70% of the jobs offered today are to people who found out about them from someone else, not a job board (that’s the N word – Networking).
Meeting your colleagues on the success team regularly means you are sharing your networks, supporting each other’s searches, and holding each other accountable.

Just like having a work out buddy, you don’t want to let them down, so you show up and keep pushing, sparring and encouraging each other.
In Keith Ferrazzi’s latest book, Who’s Got Your Back, he talks about creating informal networks of people will not let you fail. This is exactly what a success team looks like…these people can become lifelong friends from this shared experience who will be watching your back.

Are you on a success team now? If so, is it one that is positive, supportive and energizing? If not, charge it up yourself. If that doesn’t work, go find another team, or better yet – start your own and handpick the members you want.
Either way, the results speak for themselves: they work.
For information on success teams and where to find them, go to http://jobconnections.org/ or better, attend a Saturday session at 9:00 AM at Community Presbyterian Church, 222 W. El Pintado, Danville, CA. 94526.

By the way, you can see my columns on career coaching and transitions at SF Examiner.com.

JP McDermott is a financial services and insurance advisor in Walnut Creek, CA. specializing in career transitions. He is also a career and financial coach, a freelance writer on career coaching with SF Examiner.com, and has been volunteering his time and experience to various non-profit, service and civic organizations.
JP lives in Danville with his wife Candy.

Check out his LinkedIn profile http://www.linkedin.com/in/jpmcdermott
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2 Responses to Success Teams – The Way People are Getting Hired in the East Bay

  1. Tim Long says:

    JP,
    This is really great. I have so many friends and clients who have lost jobs, or their job just stop being a job! I love the way you tell it “straight”. There are no kind and helpful falsehoods.
    One of my neighbors walks her dog by my house most days. Last Saturday she complained that her career as a public and private librarian came to an end 18 months ago. Since then she could not find a job. She proceeded to list 10 entry-level positions in other industries that were in some way below her. My wife and I both shuddered inwardly. After being laid-off, we think we would take a job of virtually any kind, any hours, any industry, just to keep our head in the game. Is this just foolish thinking?
    T

    • JP McDermott says:

      Tim – Thanks for the comment. The game has changed and many are waiting for the old game to come back (and their old job and salary). It’s not. They have to adapt and find ways to add value or they will be like your neighbor, who would rather complain than figure a way to get into the new game.

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