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.

Do you need job search or career planning assistance?

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 assistence 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.

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New 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:

  • Fill out this New Seeker Input Form
  • Attend our mandatory two week Orientation Program for new Job Seekers
    • 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.)
    • We start Orientation by reviewing this document: Program Overview (with Homework). Please download and have it handy for your first Orientation session.
    • If possible, sign these 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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Tips for Using Zoom

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Still Have Questions?

Upcoming Events

Story Telling and Interviewing - Advice and Strategies to Bring Your Best Self

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 8:30am

You’ve worked hard to get job interviews, so make the most of your time with hiring managers and be a standout candidate by telling great stories to bring your qualifications to life!

Dalena will provide tips on how to surface, frame, and deliver these stories to make a high-impact impression on your interviewer. She’ll also cover how to use nonverbal communication to your advantage. There will be ample time for Q & A, so please bring your questions!

This is an online Zoom meeting. You should create a free Zoom account first. To join the meeting, sgn into your Zoom account first, then join this meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/197518779?pwd=aFYrYnFodlNLU2duaEQ2Qi9TYmpaUT09
Meeting ID: 197 518 779, Password: LGJS97035
One tap mobile
: +16699006833,,197518779# US (San Jose)
Dial in (audio only): +1 971 247 1195 US (Portland) Meeting ID: 197 518 779, Password: 835754

Orientation for New Job Seekers: Week 2

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 10:30am

This is an online Zoom meeting. We 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 2; 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 both sessions, sign the Job Seekers Guidelines, and complete the required assignments each week, starting with Week 1. See online calendar for when the next Week 1 session occurs if you have not yet attended it.

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

Improve Your Communications Skills --- with Toastmasters!

Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 8:30am

Please join Allison Bennett and her colleagues from Toastmasters for a highly interactive and fun session! Many current and previous Job Seekers participants have benefitted from Toastmasters … it has enabled them not only to speak more confidently in front of groups, but also to lead smaller meetings where an ability to engage and influence is critical. Further, Toastmasters definitely improves the ability to think on your feet, not get flustered, and address unexpected or difficult questions … the kind interviewers love to surprise job seekers with! Allison and her team (plus some of your fellow job seekers) will share a quick overview of Toastmasters, and then demonstrate how a Toastmasters meeting can be both fun and a learning experience.

You should create a free Zoom account first. To join the meeting, sign into your Zoom account first, then join this meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/197518779?pwd=aFYrYnFodlNLU2duaEQ2Qi9TYmpaUT09
Meeting ID: 197 518 779, Password: LGJS97035
One tap mobile
: +16699006833,,197518779# US (San Jose)
Dial in (audio only): +1 971 247 1195 US (Portland) Meeting ID: 197 518 779, Password: 835754

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.

I really love the warmth I feel from the mentors and the whole group. Great place to network.

Join us

While normally Job Seekers is hosted at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, until further notice, all weekly meetings are held online via Zoom.

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

Mondays, 8:30 - 10:30 am

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