Job Clubs In Bournemouth and Poole 

Job Clubs in Bournemouth and Poole | Pineapple Recruitment

You may not have heard of a job club, and if not, you won’t know how beneficial they can be. Similar to a career fair but with more frequent meetings, a job club is a networking group for job seekers. Some have more formal structures, with weekly courses that you attend, while others are informal meetings. Regardless of the set up though, job clubs have the common purpose of assisting members with a job hunt, offering support and advice. 

What are the Benefits of a Job Club?

The most obvious benefit of a job club is that you are able to receive specialised advice in regards to seeking employment. You can get help polishing up your CV, writing covering letters, and tips on interviews. You may also want advice on how to use social media, such as LinkedIn, when looking for work, especially if it’s been a while since you last applied for a job - social media may have not been as important for job hunting then.

Job clubs also provide more general help and support, as the organisers understand that job hunting can be stressful, especially if you were unexpectedly let go. It’s common to feel overwhelmed and isolated when looking for a new job, and being turned down for positions can be incredibly disheartening. Meeting up with people who are in similar positions can help you feel less lonely and you can offer each other encouragement. 

In addition to this, job clubs can act as networking opportunities. You’d be interacting with lots of new people, many of whom will be able to introduce you to potential new employers or pass on details of job listings they think would be suitable for you. 

Almost all job clubs across the country are free to join too, so you really don’t have anything to lose by attending a meeting! Turning up regularly may also provide the nudge you need to apply for more jobs or chase up applications. If people have a deadline and are accountable for making regular progress, they are generally more likely to push themselves. 

Types of Job Club

Job clubs will often be incredibly varied. Skills & Learning Adult Community Education are the foremost organiser of job clubs in Dorset, and these sessions can be more formal than others. They tend to have a qualified career advisor attending each of the meetings, and you’re expected to attend as many sessions as possible, so that you can get the most out of the meetings. Some of the job clubs run by Skills & Learning Adult Community Education are almost like courses, with a different topic each week, for six to eight weeks. 

Other organisations that run job clubs include charities such as Christians Against Poverty (CAP). You don’t need to be religious to join these clubs though - they’re open to any member of the public seeking employment. These sessions tend to be more informal, offering a space for people to come and discuss any issues they may have about job applications. 

Other more specialist job clubs include those tailored for set groups of people, such as women seeking employment, or aimed at people looking for jobs in a particular industry. Most take into account geographic location - the job club you go to will probably have thorough knowledge of local employers in the surrounding area. 

Local Job Clubs

There are a number of local job clubs within Poole and Bournemouth. For some you may need to book an appointment, while others allow you to simply turn up to meetings. You can find more information about each group on their website, or by contacting them on the email addresses provided below.

Bournemouth 

CAP Job Club

Destiny Life Church - BH11 8LQ

Wednesday 10:00-12:00

Email: [email protected] 

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

Boscombe Library - BH5 1BY

Tuesday 12:00-15:00

Email: [email protected]

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Centre - BH7 6JD

Thursday 13:00-16:00

Email: [email protected]

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

Bournemouth Library - BH2 5RQ

Thursday 13:30-16:30

Email: [email protected]

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

Kinson Library - BH11 9AW

Friday 10:00-13:00

Email: [email protected]

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

West Howe Library - BH11 8DU

Thursday 12:30-14:30

Email: [email protected]

Poole

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

Oakdale Centre - BH15 3DL

Tuesday 13:00-16:00

Email: [email protected] 

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

Poole Central Library - BH15 1QE

Tuesday 10:00-13:00

Email: [email protected]

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

Rossmore Library - BH12 4HR

Wednesday 10:00-13:00

Email: [email protected]