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Selecting a Group

This page is structured for those seeking a career transition support organization external to The CT Groups.  This is to help members of The CT Groups understand that not all organizations are structured in the same open and no-charge approach we use.  Groups outside The CT Groups, for example, have someone who greets each attendee at the door.  They are also holding a wireless credit card machine to bill you for that meeting and only admit the first 25 paying members.  Others have fees for joining, retaining membership, required fee based activities, required attendance with forfeiture of any fees paid.
As with any transition, always understand what you are agreeing to in terms of your time, attendance, fees, dues and other financial obligations and any penalties, fines or membership termination policies they may have to avoid an unpleasant and potentially costly experience.

Selecting a good Group for career transition support is actually a four step process:

  1. Finding a Group
    Most times you want a group that is your geographic area of interest that you could attend and, ideally, provides indication of what they can help you with to insure your needs can be supported as much as possible.  Geographic area of interest may be your current location or the location(s) you are considering moving to or may be able to leverage their services from another city.

  2. Caveat emptor
    "Let the buyer beware!"  Before making a commitment to any group you must know what you are getting into.  Fortunately larger cities may have multiple groups you can "interview" prior to making a commitment.  But why is making a commitment such a big deal?

    • Some groups, like The CT Groups, uses support people who are all volunteers ... no one makes a penny in this organization for the time, materials or insight they provide.  Other groups may include volunteers.  Other groups may strongly encourage donations all the way to having fee structures for their services including just holding membership.

    • Some groups, like The CT Groups, do not place attendance requirements on their members believing a person is either interesting in find work or they are not committed to it yet.  Some groups have mandatory meetings.

    • Some groups have an established fee schedule for their offerings such as:
         -  meetings (sometimes with required meetings)
         -  seminars
         -  resume reviews
         -  interviewing assistance/prep
         -  special classes on hot topics like:
                -  Networking
                -  Resume Issues
                -  Mock Interview practice
                -  Review of a job search campaign
                -  Basic LinkedIn training
                -  Advanced LinkedIn training
                -  LinkedIn Research techniques for Job Search
                -  Getting Company Information

  3. Doing your Research
    Have you asked around to get information on the group(s) you are considering?

    • Has the local press reported on them and was it positive?

    • Are there other organizations they are involved with and are the reputable organizations?

    • Talk to members before or after meetings about their experience and satisfaction
    4.  Making your commitment
         Whether you print your information on a "sign-up" list or execute a contractural agreement you
         are making a commitment to a group to obtain their assistance to help you.  Be honest with them
         and yourself.  A job search is without question the hardest job you will ever have. 
    • Will you embrace new ideas and practices that may challenge you mentally and consume most of your hours each day in an effort to find and secure a good job that you will enjoy?

    • Are you willing to trust people you may not know to provide you ideas and encouragement to achieve your objectives for employment?

    • Are you willing and able to actively participate in the program?

    • Are you willing and able to meet your obligations to the group you select?