Job Search Work Team

The JSWT is Designed to help people find better jobs faster.

It involves:

  1. A group of people committed to helping each other in job search by keeping each other focused on key tasks and accountable for getting them done.
  2. An advisory panel that knows you and your search and can provide good answers to the questions that come up in job hunting.
  3. An opportunity for job hunters to share information and information sources, so everyone gets smarter about the job market.
  4. A core network for its members.
  5. A project management team.
  6. A way to make the sometimes difficult job of job hunting easier and more pleasant.

Key Measurement criteria – meet or exceed them and you will have a job:

Speak to 25 decision makers (depending on your market area)

Numbers speak for themselves. Compare Fast Search to a Slow Search

Track the Hours spent per week on various search activities and the numbers:
Prepare your project plan to get a job and check it regularly
Number of letters and e-mails you send
Track the number of Conversations with people on the phone and in person

  • Includes General Contacts
  • Target Organization Misc Contacts, Peer Contacts, Decision Makers and up, F/U with DMs
Education and Planning
The Amount of Direct Mail you send
Response to Advertised Positions
Number of Staffing Firms / Search Firms contacted
Keep track of your target companies by name
  • General Contact Names
  • Insiders in Target Organizations
  • Manage your network contacts – update them

Standard JSWT Meeting:

  • Two Hour weekly meeting – members agree to contract – sign it   Download JSWT Contract
  • Progress Report – 30 minutes (Numbers, highlights, priorities, Issues Project Plan is a prerequisite – at least a draft
  • Advisory Panel Discussion – 90 minutes
  • Optional discussion after the meeting 30 to 60 minutes

What Is Expected of Team Members 


The Eight Things Team Members Do

  1. Read The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search.
  2. Draft a Project Plan
  3. Visit the team to observe.
  4. Get oriented by a “search buddy”.
  5. Sign the contract and join the team.
  6. Prepare reports and agenda items in advance.
  7. Observe Orville’s Rules of Order at meetings.
  8. Refine the Project Plan while conducting a search.

What Team Members Do in the Meeting
(Orville's Rules of Order)

  • All conversations are constructive.
  • Three-minute time limit.
  • Agenda items are for everyone.
  • Agenda items must be actionable.
  • Suggestions are for everyone.

The 10 Top Reasons Why It Takes People Too Long to Find a Job:

  1. They don't put much time or effort into job hunting.
  2. They waste time on unproductive activities.
  3. They have no way of measuring their progress.
  4. They’re not sure what kind of work they're looking for.
  5. They don't make a list of prospective employers – or its not long enough
  6. They don't define and analyze their own personal job market.
  7. They have no systematic approach to the job search project.
  8. They only pursue announced job openings and use no proactive approaches
  9. They don't realize that search is a numbers game or they seriously underestimate the numbers needed.
  10. They go it alone, without any objective advise or support. 

Material contained on this page was taken from: The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search,
Written by Orville Pierson

Starter files for new members

Job Search Work Team Overview
Reminder Card
Pierson Progress Chart
JSWT Contract
The Objective
Job Search Worksheet

Interested in joining? Please go to EARN Contacts