Developing Your Career

Developing Your Career

Get Back to Work Faster: Why Job Search Work Teams Are So Effective

By Orville Pierson on March 3, 2014

You may have heard that Job Search Work Teams are highly effective in helping their members get back into good new jobs 20% faster than non-team members. But you maybe haven’t heard why. Here are the reasons:

  1. Progress Measurements. One of the central problems in job search is that job hunters don’t know where they stand. Working hard for weeks at a time with no offers or interviews is a common experience. During those weeks, are you getting closer to success or not? If you don’t know, it’s discouraging – and difficult to maintain momentum. So Job Search Work Teams use a system of simple numerical progress measurements that tell team members how much progress they have made each week, and which of their activities are producing that progress.
  2. Task Support. Job hunters working with LHH are a smart, talented and experienced group of managers and professionals. They were carefully sourced, screened and vetted before being hired by their last employer. Working together in teams – as they often did when employed – they can find better solutions to job hunting problems faster than working alone.
  3. Personal Support. Solo job hunting can be a lonely activity. When they lose their jobs, people also lose the social support that goes with working in an organization. While the team meetings have a clear focus on task – getting the job done – there is also an element of social support. Team members are generally a good-humored bunch, so meetings are pleasant as well as productive. And members often work together – or socialize – outside of the meetings.
  4. Advisory Panel. Like all job hunters at LHH, team members have access to expert professional advice from LHH career coaches. However, job hunting is as much an art as it is a science. Many questions arise for which there is no single best answer. So advice from a diverse group of peers is an excellent complement to the advice from career coaches.
  5. Core Network. As they get acquainted with each other’s job search marketing plans, team members become a core network for each other. Each individual has a couple dozen eyes and ears “on the street,” rather than just two.

Putting it all together you could say Job Search Work Teams are a job hunting practicum, supplementing the information, advice and training that job hunters receive in an LHH program. Each week, each job hunter gets a little better at job hunting. And that, of course, is the best guarantee available that they will soon find great new jobs.

This is the second in a four-part series on how to find a better job faster with a job search work team.  


Orville Pierson is a top expert in job search assistance and is the author of Team Up! Find a Better Job Faster with a Job Search Work Team. For complete information on Mr. Pierson’s experience, please see his LinkedIn profile or visit his website,

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