Lake Grove Job Seekers

We are a non-profit whose mission is to help people in the Portland metro area find a job or work through a career transition.

Our mission is to "Help You Help Yourself " find a job

For 15+ years, our nonprofit has supported hundreds of job seekers in the Portland, Oregon metro area with free job search support and coaching. Our job seekers have landed jobs at Nike, Intel, and countless other companies, non-profits, and government organizations ... And you can too!

A job search can be overwhelming, but our structured process breaks it down into manageable steps, and we offer multiple ways to help you find a job. We offer our services at no charge.


What we offer


Weekly Meetings

Job Search Support and Tips - Job seekers tell us that our Monday morning meetings help to keep them accountable and motivated! Speakers are career experts who share best practices to help you navigate your job search or career transition.

Find information about upcoming speakers and how to log on at the bottom of this page.

Skill Builder Workshops

Build Your Job Search Skills - Our Skill Builder workshops help you learn the most effective techniques to optimize your Resume, LinkedIn, Networking, and Job Search Strategy in a small group online setting. Topics rotate weekly.


Job Search Help from Successful Professionals - What differentiates our program is the dedicated group of volunteers (mostly retired professionals) who provide mentoring to guide job seekers through their searches. Mentors are available to job seekers who complete a two-week Orientation program.

Online Resources

Curated Career Coaching Advice - Our website offers a wealth of curated content plus our calendar of meetings and workshops, and we have a private LinkedIn group where you can find connections and hidden jobs.

Authorized Work-Seeking Activity

For Unemployment Claims - All Job Seeker meetings (e.g., weekly Monday meetings, Skill Builder Worksops, one-one-one Mentor meetings) are eligible “work seeking activities” when filing for Unemployment with the State of Oregon. Simply write in “Lake Grove Job Seekers” for the activity on your unemployment claim submission. There are limits to how many meetings you can claim per week however; visit this site for more information.


How to get started


1. Come to Our Meetings!

Monday Meetings and Skill Builder Workshops are open to all – no registration required. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the weekly meeting logistics. Get access to the website (step 2) to see the full calendar of meetings.

Please note: Attendance at our Monday meetings is highly recommended, but not required. You can still participate in workshops and have a mentor regardless of whether or how often you attend our meetings.

2. Do the Paperwork

Sign up for the program (required for new and returning job seekers)

  1. Fill out this confidential Job Seeker Input Form so we know how to contact you.
  2. Sign and return the Job Seeker Guidelines to our inbox (

Register for a website account. Click REGISTER at the top of the page to create a website account. Once approved (1-2 business days), you'll have access to the complete calendar of speakers and Orientation dates, in addition to a wealth of job search information.

See our privacy policy here.

3. Complete the Orientation Process

If you are also interested in having a mentor, you must attend an extra Orientation session and complete the assigned homework. Orientation is offered every Monday, from 10-11am, immediately following the weekly Job Seeker meeting.

To participate in Orientation:

  • Get the Materials. Once your website account is activated, visit the GETTING STARTED section of the website and download the Orientation materials.
  • Mark your Calendar. Orientation is offered in-person and online. See the EVENTS calendar page for meeting logistics.
  • Join us! Attend Orientation in person or via Zoom.

Remember: Orientation is required ONLY if you want a mentor. All are welcome to attend weekly meetings or workshops and use our website.


Still have questions?


Contact Larry Bowman, (503) 807-0468,

For general inquiries, send an email to

Upcoming Events

Story Telling and SOAR

Monday, March 27, 2023 @ 8:30am

We talk about "telling your stories" all the time. What stories should you tell? How? And what's the most effective way to relate them?

Join us today to get key insight into the valuable skill of storytelling. It will become one of the most important tools in your job search arsenal.

Orientation for New/Returning Job Seekers

Monday, March 27, 2023 @ 10:05am

Orientation is required only for new or returning Job Seekers who want additional mentor services. If that is the case, you must attend an Orientation session and complete the Job Seeker Input Form.

Orientation starts after the regular Monday Job Seekers meeting (following a brief transition time) and typically runs from 10:05-11am.

Orientation meetings are held both online and in-person at the church immediately following the regular Job Seekers meeting.

To attend in person: Room 204 at the church

To attend online: Meeting ID: 811 5154 0238. Passcode: 97035

Skill Builder Workshop - No meeting (5th week)

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 @ 10:00am

No meeting this week as it's the 5th week of the month.


The Job Seekers 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 Job Seekers 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

Weekly meetings on Monday, 8:30 - 10:00 am. Doors open at 8:15am for coffee and networking.

  • Location: Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Hub Room, 2nd floor, 4040 Sunset Rd, Lake Oswego
  • Speaker slides posted to the website after the event. Meetings are not recorded.

Orientation meetings are offered in person (room 204) or online. See the EVENTS page for how to login to join via Zoom. Orientation begins shortly after the weekly meeting ~10am-11:30am.


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