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The River Edge New Jersey based job search support and networking group started as a free, all volunteer led, weekly meetings on January 27,2011 and has been holding weekly meetings ever since. The group has rapidly expanded into additional libraries, colleges, and Microsoft stores, and I am working on a few other selected venues that can support our meeting concept.
We are always in need to find and train volunteer facilitators, as our facilitators land faster than our general members as they take on responsibility and leadership which polishes them. We know that about 20 % of our members are fully engaged in our program and attend meetings weekly which is a key component for success. The peer mentoring, weekly feedback, networking help, and motivation is essential to find success in today's very difficult job market.
When you realize that 90% of the NhN members who engage fully in the program and attend weekly meetings, use all our resources like the Top 100 career web site, the NhN (3000+ member ) LinkedIn group (3000+) our success rate in helping job seekers is unprecedented o a national basis.
For the initial 6 months of our program we only had meetings in one library, River Edge where we started and over the past 3 years group members have found jobs or consulting opportunities as a result of attending meetings. They each benefited in some way from their paying it forward to other members and from the helpful suggestions, networking and support they have received back. Our group is extremely proud of the work it has done and the large number and rapid rate of success stories of members getting jobs, and we wanted to detail some of these success stories. We continue to list the success people’s emails on our web site and encourage you to reach out to them to learn how this group helped them find jobs.
Beyond the members who have landed the other great value we provide as a group is the continued support and motivation that the attending weekly meetings can provide to all the members conducting a job search campaign. This is a very difficult and challenging process and having the great support of all our members both at meetings and in our LinkedIn group is beyond explanation. You must experience for yourself to fully understand the power of this group and its members.
NhN is a lifetime membership as all experts we talk to are saying that jobs and work is more short term and more temporary today in this changed economy we are faced with. It is important to know that long tenures are a thing of the past we need to keep our networking and job search skills up to date and every week we will have members meeting in libraries to help each other with this challenging task. There have been several more and will be more each week but the common theme to all of the success stories is the members unselfish willingness to support and encourage each other at weekly meetings, this positive approach for all is inspiring to anyone who becomes involved with this group of people and who take courageous steps to find their well deserved jobs.