IEEE-USA Can Help You Start an Employment Network in Your Section
IEEE-USA encourages U.S. Sections (Regions 1-6) to launch their own Employment Networks. The purpose of these Networks is to provide more local networking opportunities and group support for IEEE members who are seeking employment opportunities. Employment Networks are taken from the Job Club concept, usually attributed to Dr. Nathan Azrin, a clinical psychologist who co-authored Job Club Counselor’s Manual: A Behavioral Approach to Vocational Counseling. Azrin's manual provides instruction on how job seekers can work effectively in a group to assist one another with their job search campaigns.
IEEE-USA would like to expand this program -- which has demonstrated success in helping members find employment -- throughout the United States. Daryll Griffin, IEEE-USA’s Program Manager for Career and Innovation Activities, is available to help IEEE Sections with their efforts to start Employment Networks. For more information, please contact Mr. Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 202 530 8337.
In addition IEEE-USA has also created a LinkedIn group for IEEE members wanting to network online and discuss employment related topics.
Employment Network Grants Report
This IEEE-USA report reviews the effectiveness of IEEE-USA's employment network strategy in assisting unemployed IEEE members in finding work. This report showcases best practices, as well as dos and don’ts in implementing an Employment Network in a local IEEE Section. This report is intended to clarify for IEEE Regions and Sections how they can put their own employment network strategy into place, as well how to start and organize an effective Employment Network.
Webinar Alert: Engineering Collaborative Job Search Strategies
IEEE-USA held a webinar focused on helping IEEE members/Sections build and maintain support groups to put a boost into a person’s job search. In additiona for those considering starting an Employment Network this webinar can be used as a tool to learn:
- The value of group support
- Defining the group's goals
- Developing a structure
- Sharing information
- Developing relationships
- Getting results
Sherri Edwards, a consultant on career achievement and past IEEE-USA webinar speaker helps both individuals and companies in their needs to find rewarding work and build better workplaces lead this webinar discussion.
Employment Network Module
This enhanced document is written to provide IEEE members with a more detailed understanding of how to start and effectively operate an Employment Network. It is also written to compliment the step-by-step guide provided on this webpage. The Employment Network Module provides more details about how to start an Employment Network, provides more examples of activities the Network can do to enhance members job search and it also suggest a funding source members may be able to access to fund their activities. The “Employment Network Module” is another resource that can help Employment Networks.
Here is a sample PACE Project Funding Request Form as noted in the Employment Network Module document.
How to Start an Employment Network in Your Section
This short step-by-step guide has been prepared by IEEE-USA staff to provide a basic outline for those members considering starting an Employment Network.
STEP 1: LOCAL SUPPORT
Contact the local Section or PACE Chair and discuss your intent to form an Employment Network. If you don’t know who your Section Chair go to the IEEE Region Website and locate your region then your section based on geographic location. There will be contact information for each section. Make arrangements to attend a Section Executive Committee (EXCOM) meeting. At the EXCOM meeting, request to be appointed Temporary Chair of an Employment Network for that local IEEE Section with authority to determine whether there is an interest in the community.
STEP 2: CONTACTING SECTION MEMBERS
The IEEE Section may be willing to share email lists with you so that you can contact local section members who are unemployed and invite them to the first Employment Network meeting. Most Sections also have either online newsletters or print newsletters. Ask if you can run an announcement in their newsletters.
STEP 3: PLANNING YOUR FIRST MEETING
Find meeting space. Ask the local Section if they can recommend a meeting space that they normally use for their meetings. It could be a library or local members’ office space. You can even meet at a local restaurant but that can be harder to talk unless you get a private room. Also review “Employment Network Module” document located on this webpage. This document will provide more details and insight about creating and developing a successful Employment Network.
STEP 4: SET AGENDA
- Welcome & Introductions (Names only there will be time for more later)
- Discuss Purpose starting the Employment Network and gauge level of interest
- Discuss needs and expectations
- Seek Volunteers to serve as Vice Chairperson or second in-command
- Set next meeting (A good tactic is to schedule all the subsequent meetings at the same location and at some easily remembered time like the second Monday of every month at 7:00 PM. Announce the next meeting in the Section newsletter and ask attendees to spread the word about the meeting to other unemployed IEEE members.)
Before everyone leaves make sure to pass around a sign up sheet with name, address, phone number, email address so that you can contact these people again.
STEP 5: HOLD REGULAR MEETINGS
Once a regular meeting date, time and location are established invite the following types of speakers:
- HR Executives from local companies
- CEO or heads of local companies
- Representative from local government to discuss employment services they provide
- Consultants to discuss the option of consulting
- Head hunters
Getting speakers could be a challenge at first. Ask local section members about contacts they have with HR professionals or other employment professionals to see if they can speak to the new network.
STEP 6: NETWORK LIFECYCLE
An Employment Network basic function is to help its members find employment. As members gain employment the Network may shrink in participation. Embrace this success because the networks ultimate job is to put itself out of existence.
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