Finding Job Search Help with the Active Job Search Program

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Starting your search for a job can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, you don’t have to do your job search alone, and there are many free resources available to help you find a job. One resource in particular is the Active Job Search Program.

What Is the Active Job Search Program?

The Active Job Search program is a free support group for anyone going through a job search and wanting to practice skills on how to find a job. As part of an Active Job Search group, you will receive job-search skills training from experts, support from other people engaged in a job search, daily check-ins, and job lead sharing.

What to Expect in an Active Job Search Group

When you join an Active Job Search group, you’ll participate in daily meetings facilitated by volunteer employment advisors and job search professionals. Currently, all groups meet online for 60 to 90 minutes. Daily meetings consist of the following:

  1. Welcome
  2. Participant sharing (setting goals and following up on how those goals are going)
  3. Sharing job leads (job seekers share ideas and networking opportunities with each other)
  4. Skills refresher and job search tips

Outside of meetings, you will be following up on job leads and reaching out to networking contacts. The daily check-ins provide guidance and support from peers, but you will do much of the work needed for a job search between meetings.

When Can I Join an Active Job Search Group?

Anyone needing help finding a job can join an Active Job Search group at any time. Look through the groups below to find one in your area, then click on the “Join the meeting” link to join the web conference at the indicated time. Meetings occur Monday through Friday at the indicated times, except on major U.S. holidays.

Eastern U.S. and Canada (Eastern Time)

Idaho/Central U.S. and Canada

Utah (MDT)

Southwest U.S. (MDT)

Texas (Central Time)

Active Job Search Western U.S. and Canada (Pacific Time)

Evening Job Search—Nationwide (MDT)

Tips for Online Meetings

Consider the following tips as you connect for an online meeting:

  • Typically, everyone participating can see each other, so sit in a spot where there are few distractions.
  • You will need to use a microphone to speak, so make sure you’re in a quiet place.
  • Consider using headphones with a microphone attached.
  • Test your camera and microphone before you join to minimize technical issues.
  • Make sure you have enough light so other participants can see your face.
  • In your job search, you want to be punctual to meetings, so be sure to join the meeting on time.