University of Wisconsin–Madison

Job Search Support Group

At a glance

Day and Time: Tuesdays, 10am – noon
Fee: No charge; No registration required
Location: 21 N Park St, room varies; look for signs in building lobby
Contact: 608-263-6960; advising@dcs.wisc.edu

capitol at sunset

Upcoming topics

Jan 16 Hidden job market & informational interviews
Jan 23 Facing fears & cultivating mindset
Jan 30 Think like an employer
Feb 6 Avoid the screen out
Feb 13 Check ins

Topics are subject to change. Check back for updates.

 

Group description

A weekly gathering designed to provide support, information, new ideas, and resources to those in the midst of a job search. Topics addressed in group are based on input from group members. Common topics include: networking, interviewing, self-awareness, self-care, effective communication, generating job leads, and other job search concerns.

Who should attend?

Madison area unemployed (and underemployed) professionals currently conducting a job search.

Group format

The format of group varies but often includes small- and/or large-group discussions, guest speakers, and opportunities to practice job search skills.

Benefits

  • Emotional support—The job search can take a toll on you. JSSG is a source of support from a professional counselor  as well as fellow job seekers.
  • Connect—You’ve probably heard that networking is critical to your job search. Attending group will help you connect with people, increase your networking skills, and expand your list of contacts.
  • Ideas for enhancing your job search—The job search process is constantly evolving. Learn skills for conducting an effective 21st-century job search.

Tips for managing your job search

No matter what the circumstances, looking for a job is a challenge. These strategies can help you survive the search.

  • Make a plan—Develop a plan that addresses your financial concerns. Learn which, if any, unemployment benefits you may qualify for. By getting your finances in order, you can then focus on potential employers and create a strategy for networking.
  • Network—Studies show that networking is the most fruitful job search tactic. Talk to friends, family, and former business contacts and let them know you’re looking. Ask for ideas and new contacts at the companies you’ve targeted.
  • Take care of yourself—Unemployment is stressful. Avoid isolating yourself by scheduling time out of the house daily.  Surround yourself with supportive people and engage in positive activities including exercise and healthy eating. Strive to maintain an upbeat attitude and seek resources to help you manage your stress and your job search.
  • Job search resources

If you have a disability and desire accommodation, please advise us as early as possible, ideally at least two weeks in advance. Requests are confidential.