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Do you need a job search buddy?

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Photo credit: lenetstan, Shutterstock

We’ve written before about how one community got together to create a job search support group, where members shared their frustrations, successes, and advice with their fellow job seekers. However, if you can’t connect with a group of people to help get you through a tough job search, perhaps you can get the support you need from a job search buddy.

Over on Come Recommended, Andrew Lisa lists the benefits of having a job search buddy. This person isn’t necessarily a close friend—in fact, according to Andrew, it’s best if your job search buddy isn’t your friend as it will become too easy to just hang out. Instead, the person holds you accountable and gets you through awkward moments of job seeking:

Finding a job search buddy used to be a common thing. People even took out classified ads in the paper, desperately seeking someone — anyone — to go through the long, frustrating process of job hunting with them. Someone to run your resume by, someone to share the leads they came up with that day, someone to call at 6 a.m. and not stop ringing until you answer to tell you that unless you get out of bed, you’re going to wake up unemployed again tomorrow.

Read the rest of his advice here.

While having support is never a bad idea, this seems less like a support system and more like a professional service you might pay for. That being said, one benefit of having a job search buddy who doesn’t know you well is the more objective point of view you might receive on your job search tactics.

What do you think? Do you have or want a job search buddy? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Job seeker

    I agree that part of staying motivated in a job search is finding a ‘job search buddy’ ;
    1) Accountable vs. in a vacuum
    2) Less isolated

    How would I go about finding one is my challenge….


    • Shana

      I’m interested also with finding a job search buddy. Let me know if you’d like to link up. In the dc metro area

  2. Sharon O. Richardson, MNPM

    I think this is a fantastic idea, but there needs to be certain perameters. The person should have knowledge of the field you are trying to enter and it would be great if he/she lived in the same city or state.
    I am interested in obtaining a job search buddy. How do I begin?

  3. Parker Brown-Nesbit

    I tried that once (only I paid for the experience). I had a professional look at my resume & make suggestions. That was almost 6 years ago & I’m still without a job. (Apparently, the help didn’t help much). I was also going to have a friend of a friend read my resume & make suggestions, but in the email she sent me, she basically said not to even bother since the field is dying. Not very encouraging.

    It would be nice to have someone to send me leads, but the museum world just doesn’t work like that. I’ve found that Linked In is a good way to get yourself noticed.

  4. angela nater

    I’ve never heard of this concept before. It maybe something I’ll look into. My assignment ends at my job 12/31 and looking for a job that I’ll love has been difficult. I’ll like to get out of my comfort zone and try this.

  5. Nicole Carter

    WOW. What a great idea and concept. I am interested in a job search buddy. I am looking to relocate to the NY area from CA.

  6. Coleman Moore

    Hello Everyone,

    I’m in the Denver Metro Area (Denver North) and I’d like a job search buddy. I’m a guy working in technology and project management. I get out of my comfort zone, that is not a problem. Having someone to think things through with would be great. I could help you get out of your comfort zone!

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