The original Five O’Clock Club was formed in Philadelphia in 1883.
It was made up of the leaders of the day, who shared their experiences
“in a spirit of fellowship and good humor.”
From the Club history, written in the 1890′s
At The Five O’Clock Club, [people] of all shades of political belief–as might be said of all trades and creeds–has met together. . . The variety continues almost to monotony. . . [The Club's] good fellowship and geniality–not to say hospitality–has reached them all.
It has been remarked of clubs that they serve to level rank. If that were possible in this country, it would probably be true, if leveling rank means the appreciation of people of equal abilities as equals; but in The Five O’Clock Club it has been a most gratifying and noteworthy fact that no lines have ever been drawn save those which are essential to the honor and good name of any association. Strangers are invited by the club or by any members, [as gentlepeople], irrespective of aristocracy, plutocracy or occupation, and are so treated always. Nor does the thought of a [person's] social position ever enter into the meetings. People of wealth and people of moderate means sit side by side, finding in each other much to praise and admire and little to justify snarlishness or adverse criticism. People meet as people–not as the representatives of a set–and having so met, dwell not in worlds of envy or distrust, but in union and collegiality, forming kindly thoughts of each other in their heart of hearts.
In its methods, The Five O’Clock Club is plain, easy-going and unconventional. It has its “isms” and some peculiarities of procedure, but simplicity characterizes them all. The sense of propriety, rather than rules of order, governs its meetings, and that informality which carries with it sincerity of motive and spontaneity of effort, prevails within it. Its very name indicates informality, and, indeed, one of the reasons said to have induced its adoption was the fact that members or guests need not don their dress suits to attend the meetings, if they so desired. This informality, however, must be distinguished from the informality of Bohemianism. For The Five O’Clock Club, informality, above convenience, means sobriety, refinement of thought and speech, good breeding and good order. To this sort of informality much of its success is due.
“The Five O’Clock Club is plain, easy-going and unconventional. . .
Members or guests need not don their dress suits to attend the meetings.”
25 Years of Research
Today’s Five O’Clock Club was started in 1978 as a research-based organization. Job hunters tried various techniques and reported their results back to the group. We developed a variety of guidelines so job hunters could choose the techniques that were best for them.
The methodology was tested and refined on professionals, managers and executives (and those aspiring to be)—from all occupations. Salaries ranged from $25,000 to $400,000; 50% were employed and 50% were unemployed.
Since its beginning, The Five O’Clock Club has tracked trends. Over time, our advice has changed as the job market has changed. What worked in the past is insufficient for today’s job market. Today’s Five O’Clock Club promotes all our relevant original strategies—and so much more.