Do you need a job search buddy?

Job search at computer

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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    • Job seeker
    • February 8, 2014

    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
      • December 15, 2014

      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

        • Kimberly Demuchest
        • December 20, 2014

        Hello Shana, I am Kimberly Demuchest, live in the DC metro and I am in search a job buddy.

          • Brittany Coote
          • December 24, 2014

          Hello Shana,

          My name is Brittany Coote. I live in the DC Metro area as well and I could use a job search buddy as well.

      • susan
      • December 21, 2014

      I agree, finding one is difficult in this busy world. The only thing that I can think of is finding someone who is also searching for a job!

      • Michelle
      • December 26, 2014

      I live in Lorton VA anyone want to partner with me as a “job search buddy” ?

    • Sharon O. Richardson, MNPM
    • December 15, 2014

    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?

    • Parker Brown-Nesbit
    • December 15, 2014

    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.

    • angela nater
    • December 16, 2014

    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.

    • Nicole Carter
    • December 16, 2014

    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.

    • Coleman Moore
    • December 16, 2014

    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!

    • P. Johnson
    • December 20, 2014

    I am in NYC
    Can’t figure out totally what is wrong. I thought of myself as highly qualified.
    Education and non IT Project Management are my areas. ‘Been looking for a while…
    Two Masters degrees…

    • Regina
    • December 21, 2014

    A job search buddy is probably what I need because I have been looking for awhile. How do I sign up for one? Thanks

    • susan
    • December 21, 2014

    Did anyone have any luck finding a job search buddy? I would like to follow up on this idea.

    • Anabel
    • December 26, 2014

    i am in need of a job search buddy as well. Any information or suggestions on how to get one?

  1. I think if we want job hunt buddies that we need to make a group on this site or through another medium. I agree having a buddy to be accountable to will help particularly with nervous nellies like myself that loathe the networking angle one needs to take in today’s job environment.

    But Idealist does not have that kind of connection tool to my knowledge. If the individuals leaving comments are logged into Idealist, one could connect through our profiles or through the sites that we attached to post our comments.

    I am going to do the next best thing and post a CL ad or LinkedIn in the DC/Baltimore area. I am a 2015 graduate seeking a career in communications and find if the idea worth persuring. My school offers job search groups but they are rather stilted.

    • Amy
    • December 29, 2014

    Oh sign me up! I live in Seattle and am pursuing the options in the wonderfully vibrant world of nonprofits here. I’ve been at this for a while, trying different strategies, so can provide a font of ideas and perspectives. If that’s not too far out of someone’s comfort zone, let’s pair up.

  2. Love this artiicle. This is something that I may need to help me to find a new job or at least on my path of my career after graduate school. Can some please help me? —–Shirley, NY

    • Justine
    • January 8, 2015

    This is a great idea sign me in. Because I’m definitely need a job search buddy.

    • Megan
    • January 11, 2015

    I too, need a job search buddy. I am in the San Diego area.

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