DISCLAIMER FOR THE "OTHER GROUPS" SECTION AND SUBSECTION(S) OF THIS WEB SITE:
No representation is made regarding their current status, leaders, policies, location, hours or anything else shown or implied. The information listed is provided as a public service without cost or obligation. At one point in time information about the listed group(s) below was believed accurate based on published sources. Prior to joining any organization we strongly encourage a full discovery of the organization including what obligations you in your participation with them will face including financial costs and what those charges are for, obligations on your time, your talents (skills, knowledge, expertise, etc.), religious affiliations or preferences if any, and any other expectations or obligations you accept in becoming part of their organization.
Seeking Other Support Groups
The CT Groups has been called a unique operation by recruiters who have visited us and other career transition groups in other cities and states. Help is available in various forms from organizations smaller and larger than The CT Groups.
This section is to help those in locations beyond the service area of The CT Groups in four ways:
- to understand the questions you need to ask a support group prior to making any commitment to the group as there are no rules and perhaps few to no laws governing the operation of groups or organizations. Not all groups operate as an all volunteer organization operating on a zero dollar budget with no funding from grants, government, charities or corporate contributions.
- understand relocating to another city is not as simple as one may believe. Relocating to another city requires at a minimum acknowledging that household goods most likely will be damaged during transit, may never make it to your final destination, will involve potentially great expense and considerable preparation for moving property and the legal, educational, medical, financial and other records from government and providers you will need especially if moving to a different state. There are also the costs of departing and then setting up a new place of residence including all utilities, drapes and other items to make a residence comfortable. There will be emotional tolls from the stress during this entire period. Employers are reluctant to consider those seeking or even doing their own relocation before the impacts to the company and the employee whether the company pays all or any of the costs. Understand what is ahead.
- if there is not an operating group in the area you are considering relocating to, we offer some suggestion on how to find those that may not be on our lists. There may be other ways to discover these organizations but these are ones we have found to have helped others.
- understanding the quality, resources and offerings of a support group may differ dramatically between groups just as they differ between other organizations across the world. Even where standards exist by law variations and levels of commitment will make a difference.
WORDS OF CAUTION:
All career transition support groups are not the same. Without discussing it formally, you may be making a commitment for payments, participation, and/or your time
when joining a support group. When you are accustom to a minimal obligation
program without any money from you, you may assume all others are the same.
"Let The Buyer Beware". Insure you know up front:
- all financial obligations (fees, charges, expenses or others) you are making
Meeting fees, for example, typically are $10.00 each plus an annual membership fee of $50.oo to $100.00 There may be required dinners at $25.00 to $50.00, special lectures or presentations at $35.00 to $75.00, and the list goes on. Easily what was once free can now run over $1,000/year.
- all expectations on your participation or direct involvement
Meetings, special events, seminars, recruiting efforts, recruiting companies for job postings, event planning, bookkeeping, membership drives, computer support may all be expected from you depending on your skills and expertise without compensation. At potential risk is loss of your membership.
- all expectations on your time
These can be any number of tasks based on your skills, expertise, or network contacts.
- who is driving this group
Some organizations are commercial operations. Some are operated by a recruiter or company for the purpose of collecting "inventory" of candidates to fill their job openings only.
where are these locations and at what times/dates/frequency
Your time is your money when it comes to travel time and costs.
- written requirements
Do they have a formal written document governing the organization, identification of obligations including financial, participation, and personal involvement, how these can be changed, how members are dealt with administratively and any financial impact for violations, policy for readmission, policy for going inactive, attending events as a non-member, etc.