Starting A Job Club

  • Article by: MATT KRUMRIE , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: May 10, 2009 - 10:07 PM

Starting a job club can be a great way to develop your job search and network - even if you live in rural Minnesota. Here’s how to do just that.

Dear Matt: I live in Ely. Do you know any job clubs outside of the Twin Cities? If not, I'd like to start one but would like some assistance - do you have any ideas?

Matt: Job clubs are a great way for job seekers to network, discuss issues and ideas related to the career search, résumé writing and interviewing. They also can help you stay focused, on task and motivate you to complete your career and job search goals.

There is a Minnesota WorkForce Center about an hour away from Ely in Virginia (218.748.2200). While they don't offer a job club, all WorkForce Centers ( or call 1.888.GET.JOBS) offer free career-related classes and resources. If you can, go to the nearest WorkForce Center and sit in on a class and check out the available resources. Then propose your idea about starting a job club with a career counselor who can possibly help provide more information.

Another way is to contact representatives from other job clubs - no matter where they are located - to ask for ideas on what has worked for them. One great resource and listing of job clubs throughout the Twin Cities is located at Ask for ideas on how to attract members, generate topics and discussion, create action plans, find speakers and guests and develop the overall job club program.

The hard part - especially in more rural locations - is finding the people to attend. Use online resources such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to spread the word about wanting to start a job club. Put an informational post on Craigslist or in your local newspaper (if they can do an article, then the people may really start to come). Contact the local adult education center or chamber of commerce in your area to see if they can provide a list of speakers, or ideas on where to hold the club (such as at a community center, library, coffee shop or somewhere in public where members will feel comfortable going). Call local staffing firms or human resources departments to see if they have ideas on how to attract members. These people might even turn into future guests or resources.

Remember, you don't need large numbers to start a club. Talk to everyone you know, whether they are searching for a job or not. The biggest asset job seekers have is their network. In this case use that network to help you reach your goal of starting a job club. In time, it will happen.

Matt Krumrie is a freelance writer from Inver Grove Heights, and has nine years of experience reporting on the employment industry. This column will answer readers' questions. E-mail questions or subject ideas to

  • related content

  • Approaching A Company Without Job Postings

    Saturday May 10, 2008

    How can you land a job at a company that doesn't have any openings posted? Matt Krumrie gives some advice on how to get your foot in the door the...

  • Planning For A Layoff

    Wednesday July 9, 2008

    Layoffs - planned or unannounced - are an unfortunate reality of the world of work. Among life altering events, losing a job ranks among the highest stress causing situations.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters


Golden Gavel by Star Tribune

Time left for great deals

Bid thru Sept. 29