Lake Grove Job Seekers

Job Seekers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people find jobs or work through a career transition.

Job Seekers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people find jobs or work through a career transition.

Hosted by the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, the Lake Grove Job Seekers program offers individual mentoring, plus group instruction and support, in all aspects of the job search process. Open to any in the Portland metro area, this program is available to all who are out of work and seeking employment, or to those seeking a new career direction.

With a diversity of mentoring skills and experiences, we will personally assist you in a confidential, non-denominational manner at no charge. We strive to offer our assistance in a listening, positive and supportive environment.

Core Components of the Program

  • Weekly Meetings. Every Monday morning we host a different guest speaker -- someone who is a content expert who can share best practices and advice to help you navigate the job search or career transition process. These meetings are open to everyone, and Job Seekers are encouraged to attend, as they are a source of ideas, a place to learn from others, and a place for support. Staying connected with fellow Job Seekers is important both for emotional support and for getting practical help throughout the job search process.

    Program changes due to COVID-19: Until further notice, weekly meetings are online only using the ZOOM platform.
    Scroll down for meeting logistics.

  • Mentorship. Each Job Seeker has the opportunity to have a personal Mentor. A Mentor is a valuable ally, providing as-needed, one-on-one guidance, support, and assistance throughout the process of finding a job or changing careers. While you own your job search, the content and frequency of meetings with a Mentor are determined by the Job Seeker and the Mentor together and will fluctuate based on the Job Seeker’s needs and personal circumstances, and Mentor and Job Seeker availability. This relationship is defined in the Seeker Guidelines, which you will be asked to review and sign.

  • Online Resources. The Lake Grove Job Seekers website contains a wealth of curated content from multiple sources, in addition to our calendar of upcoming and prior meetings and speaker presentations. We also sponsor a private LinkedIn group, where program participants share information and connect with one another.


Getting Started: For New and Returning Job Seekers (*)

Meetings

You are always welcome to attend our Monday meetings and register for an account on this website.

Orientation

If you are ALSO interested in having a mentor you will need to participate in our two week Orientation program and complete the homework assigned each week. Orientation is required for new job seekers and for job seekers who are returning after a 2+ year absence from our program.

  1. Fill out this confidential Job Seeker Input Form so we know how to contact you for your mentor assignment once you complete Orientation.
  2. Attend our mandatory two week Orientation Program:
    1. Orientation meetings on consecutive weeks, from 10:30am-12pm, immediately following our regular weekly meeting. Meeting logistics are the same as for our regular Monday meeting. See calendar for dates for Week 1 and Week 2.
    2. Download the Program Overview prior to your first Orientation meeting.
  3. Sign theJob Seeker Guidelines, then scan them (or take a photo) and email to info@jobseekerslo.org. This document must be signed and returned to us by the 2nd week of Orientation in order to be assigned a mentor.


Still Have Questions?

Upcoming Events

Orientation for New/Returning Job Seekers: Week 2

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 10:30am

Orientation is only for Job Seekers who wish to be assigned a mentor. If that is the case, you must participate in a 2 week Job Seeker Orientation program. This week is Week 2; it starts immediately AFTER the regular Monday Job Seekers meeting and typically runs from 10:30am - 12pm. The sessions must be attended in order, so if you have not yet attended Week 1, please attend that session first (which will be next week, barring holiday closures.)

This meeting is not required if you are only interested in attending the weekly Job Seeker meetings. Otherwise new job seekers, or returning job seekers who have not actively participated in the last 2 years, should plan on attending.

This is an online Zoom meeting and will use the same Zoom logistics as for the earlier Job Seeker meeting at 8:30-10:30am today.

Two Topic Day: Tips for Gig Work and Networking

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 8:30am

Two topics will be covered today: Contract gigs and networking. First, Jasmine Stark will present her lessons learned, particularly her experiences and insights as a tech writer, who gets most of her work via contracts. Jasmine will share her do’s, dont's, and other tips for how she’s succeeded for 15-plus years. Then Bob Yokoyama and guest Michael Hebert will present a different approach on how to network. They will cover the A to Z's on how to approach someone, set up a Zoom session, the preparation prior to the meeting, and what to cover during the one on one meeting.

Because this is a formal Job Seeker meeting, you can count it towards the "Job Search" requirement for those collecting Unemployment benefits.

This is an online Zoom meeting; logictics can be found at the bottom of the Job Seekers Home Page and on the Upcoming Events page.

Negotiating a for Job: From Start to Severance

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 8:30am

This is an online Zoom meeting; logictics can be found at the bottom of the Job Seekers Home Page and on the Upcoming Events page.

Testimonials

The JobSeekers club is a great resource, a real gem and a wonderful gift for those who need it.

I appreciate having a place to go each Monday to start my week action forward. I have met wonderful and inspiring people who have been generous with their time and skills. Fabulous presenters and presentations!

The LGPC JobSeekers group has been very supportive and helpful in my career transition and I'm so thankful for your work. I look forward to an opportunity to pay it forward or pay back in the future.

Everyone that is a part of Job Seekers has been wonderful and insightful. It has been such a blessing during my job seeking process!

This is an exemplary group of supportive, committed mentors, who orchestrate a well-crafted curriculum. Keep up the good work. You truly make a difference!

Job Seekers is a great mentorship program! I've loved having access to my mentor and to the rest of the team for my job search.

Unquestionably, Job Seekers is the best collaboration I’ve found to keep me going, add to my knowledge base, maintain ability to connect with fellow job seekers and mentors, and more.

Join us

Until further notice, all weekly meetings are held online via Zoom, every Monday, 8:30 - 10:30 am. Same login logistics every week:

Lake Grove Presbyterian Church (LGPC)
Hub Room, 2nd floor
4040 Sunset Rd, Lake Oswego

Email: info@jobseekerslo.org

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