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 through the job search or career transition process.

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.

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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. They are recorded and the recording is posted for 7 days following the event, then automatically deleted. Scroll down for meeting logistics.

Mentor services

  • Job Seekers may be offered individual or group mentoring support. A mentor is a valuable ally, providing as-needed guidance, support, and assistance throughout the process of finding a job or changing careers. Based on mentor availability, we will either:
    • Slot you into a mentor-led group or "cohort," where a small number of job seekers meet regularly to continue the learning process, or
    • Assign an individual mentor to you for some extra 1-1 coaching.
  • The "job seeker - mentor" relationship is defined in the Job 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.

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

Come to our meetings!

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

Attend our three week Orientation Program

If you are ALSO interested additional individual or group mentoring services you will need to participate in our three week Orientation program and complete the homework assigned each week.

  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 three week Orientation Program:
    1. Orientation meetings are held 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 each week.
    2. Download the Program Overview prior to your first Orientation meeting.
  3. Sign the Job 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.

(*) Orientation is required for new job seekers and for job seekers who are returning after a 2+ year absence from our program.

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Still Have Questions?

Upcoming Events

Using LinkedIn for your Job Search

Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 8:30am

One of the reasons for the infamous resume black hole is the increasing use of technology by recruiters and employers to manage the high quantity of resumes they receive, separating the qualified applicants from the unqualified and searching to find qualified candidates. Another reason is employers increasing use of Google for background checks, making online reputation management another new hurdle for job seekers. Susan Joyce of Job-Hunt.org will help you learn how to meet the evolving tech and SEO (search) requirements for success in today’s job search.

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.

Orientation for New/Returning Job Seekers: Week 3

Monday, June 21, 2021 @ 10:30am

Orientation is only for Job Seekers who want additional mentor services beyond attendance at our weekly meetings. If that is the case, you must participate in a three week Job Seeker Orientation program. This week is Week 3; 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 indicate your interest by completing the Job Seeker Input Form and plan on attending the next Week 1 session of Orientation.

Orientation meetings are 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 the weekly Job Seeker meeting today.

Group Mentor Workshop

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 10:00am

Weekly mentor-led meeting specifically for participants who completed all three weeks of the LGJS Orientation Program between May 10-Aug 9, 2021.

In a cohort or small group setting, we will emphasize a different topic each week pertaining to the job search process -- combining education and real-time practice to strengthen your ability to confidently pursue your job/career search objectives. Meeting runs 2 hours, though some weeks we may end sooner.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://lakegrovepres-org.zoom.us/j/83066974211?pwd=R2hyL1o1c0pxRUJFc3VNZktzY1hLQT09
Meeting ID: 830 6697 4211, Passcode: 918608

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. Meetings are recorded and the recording is posted to this website for 7 days, then it is automatically deleted. Login logistics are the same every week:

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

Email: info@jobseekerslo.org

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