What are Relationships?

Relationships allow you to define how you know another friend within Career Intercom. It's a way to easily keep track of groups of people. Some relationships are very powerful for speeding up your job search. Accountabuddy is one of those.

Manage your relationships from the Manage menu and Relationship sub-menu.
Create a relationship from your friend's profile page. You can get to the profile by clicking on their name on most pages.

Types of relationships
* Friend - These would be the new friends you make during your job search, old friends that you'd like to keep informed of your targets, and acquaintances.

* Accountabuddy - This relationship is for those who will keep you focused and honest about your job search. Having a few Accountabuddies will speed up your search because they will ensure you follow up on what you said you will accomplish during any given week.

* Recruiter - This is available just for recruiters to know what each of their candidates' targets. This will save recruiters time by providing a single source to search. Plus it will make their clients and candidates happier by placing the right candidate in the company of their choice. To create Recruiter and Coach relationships, just ask here.

* Coach - This is available just for Career Coaches to know what each of their candidates' targets. After all, every coach knows that a target list is an essential first step to their client's career goal. To create Recruiter and Coach relationships, just ask here.

* Coffee Club - This is for a group of people who get together to motivate each other for their job search. Below are some guidelines to establish your own club.

Coffee Club Guidelines that you could adapt for your club ...
• Limit membership to 10 people at a time
• Agree that the group is self directed (meaning that no one person is the leader; rather, everyone is a leader and demonstrates the behavior he/she expects from the others)
• Agree on whom to invite to succeed someone who finds a job
• Meet at a free, local place - mall food court, library, college study room, coffee house, or other venue in your area
• Have a same day/time weekly meeting (unless a different, changing schedule suits; 2 hours seems to be a good duration)
• Require members to commit to regular attendance
• Require members to hold each other accountable at a group level (trust is built over time)
• Encourage members to form 'job buddies' (usually 2 people who agree to hold each other accountable at a finer, personal level)
• Require members to inform the group if they are unable to attend a meeting
• Celebrate a landing at an evening event at an inexpensive restaurant (apart from regular schedule) OR
• Have occasional evening motivational events at an inexpensive restaurant (apart from regular schedule) to include 'alumni'
• Use huddle (free LinkedIn virtual workspace) to post documents, discussions, and calendar items (someone must own workspace maintenance and turn over to another if he/she lands)
• Require members to post a marketing plan (template included)
• Require members to post other marketing materials (handbill, prospectus, professional bio, profile, business card, etc.; templates/resources included)
• Require members to post a resume
• Require members to post goals by a certain day/time each week and update accordingly (no particular format, though you could have a template for those who don't know where to start)
• Require members to respond to discussion posts
• Conduct the meeting this way: in turn, brief synopsis of what was/wasn't accomplished, highlight of successes, description of obstacles, request for advice/input, leads/contacts sharing, suggested topic(s) for discussion (now or future)
• Periodically review group health and what could be done to improve