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

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


If you are ALSO interested in having a mentor please do the following:

  1. Fill out this confidential Job Seeker Input Form so we know how to contact you.
  2. Attend our mandatory two week Orientation Program for new Job Seekers (or repeat Job Seekers if it's been 2+ years since you attended):
    1. Orientation meetings are held from 10:30am-12pm, immediately following our regular weekly meeting. Meeting logistics are the same as for our regular Monday meeting (see EVENT page for more information.)
    2. We start Orientation by reviewing this document: Program Overview (with Homework). Please download and have it handy for your first Orientation session.
  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.

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Upcoming Events

Repositioning Your Skills

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 8:30am

The outbreak of Covid-19 has irreparably changed the landscape of the workplace. Millions of people learned what it means to work remotely -- turning our home offices and living rooms into global meeting spaces. In addition, organizations have had to rethink how they do business, including both removing and revising some positions to make room for the new economy.

Now, more than ever, it's imperative for everyone -- from new graduates to seasoned professionals -- to lean into not only their existing skills, but also their strengths and gifts, so they can market themselves successfully in the new age of work.

Dr Carol Parker Walsh, is a certified senior professional career coach and executive coach, three-time author, TEDx speaker, AM-Northwest regular guest, and member of the Forbes Coaching Council. She will share her insight and passion for helping clients adapt and thrive in the Covid and post-Covid world.

Note: In the 2nd half of this event, Bob Y presented "Best Practices for GRIT Groups." There is a separate "event" for this topic.

Zoom Recording (available for 7 days after today's event): https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/sh...

Best Practices for GRIT Groups

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 10:00am

Bob Yokoyama presented some best practices content for Job Seekers interested in forming a GRIT Group in the 2nd half of our meeting on Jan 25, 2021.

To view the recording of this part, Bob starts are marker 1:13. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/sh...

Reording available for 7 days after this event.

Orientation for New/Returning Job Seekers: Week 1

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 10:30am

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.

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 1; it starts immediately AFTER the regular Monday Job Seekers meeting and typically runs from 10:30am - 12pm. To be assigned a mentor, you must attend the Orientation sessions, sign the Job Seekers Guidelines, fill out the Job Seeker Input Form, and complete the required assignments each week, starting with Week 1.

This meeting is not required if you are only interested in attending the weekly Job Seeker meetings; these are always open to anyone.

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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