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.

Shift your search from stalled to success

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.

There is no charge for any of our services.

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How we can help

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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.

Meetings are currently on Zoom: Find information about upcoming speakers and how to log on at the bottom of this page.

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.

Mentoring

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.

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How to get started

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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.

2. Do the Paperwork

Sign up for the program. Fill out this confidential Job Seeker Input Form so we know how to contact you.

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.

3. Complete the Orientation Process

If, in addition to our meetings and online resources, you are also interested in having a mentor, you must complete our 2-week Orientation Program and the assigned self-assessment homework. These are foundational to a successful job search.

To participate in Orientation, create your website account first. Then review the GETTING STARTED section of the website to find the Orientation materials.

Don't forget to check the calendar to see when the next "Orientation Week 1" session is scheduled and plan to attend. Mark your calendar for "Orientation Week 2" as well.

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Still have questions?

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Contact Larry Bowman, (503) 807-0468, lmbo2@comcast.net

For general inquiries, send an email to info@jobseekerslo.org

Upcoming Events

Orientation for New/Returning Job Seekers: Week 2

Monday, January 31, 2022 @ 10:00am

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 two 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. Prior to the first meeting, please fill out the Job Seeker Input Form.

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 the weekly Job Seeker meeting today.

Building Resilience - Part 2

Monday, January 31, 2022 @ 8:30am

In this two-part workshop with Bill Hefferman we examine what's going on in your brain and emotions when you're under stress. The better you understand this, the better able you will be able to become resilient and thrive in the face of change and adversity. In this workshop, we will identify and apply specific practices to help us bounce back and be our best selves in the face of the life’s big challenges (with an emphasis on job and career transitions).

You may want to download this Resilience Tool Kit prior to the meeting.

This is an online Zoom meeting. Login information can be found at the bottom of the Job Seeker home page or on the Upcoming Events page.

The Most Strategic Way to Jumpstart Your Career

Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 8:30am

What would it do for you personally and professionally if you could communicate with ease, captivate your listeners, and actively engage anyone in-person or online? When you can effectively explain the work you do, why it matters, and how it impacts your listeners, doors open wide.

Join Hannah Michelotti, of ArticulateWithHannah.com, to learn how to speak strategically about your work so that you can market yourself more broadly, leave an unforgettable impression with your listeners, and advance in your career pursuits.

This is an online Zoom meeting. Login information can be found at the bottom of the Job Seeker home page or 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

Weekly Zoom Meetings: Monday, 8:30 - 10:30 am
Until further notice, all weekly meetings are held online via Zoom. Meetings are recorded and the recording is posted to this website for 7 days, then automatically deleted. Login logistics are the same every week:

Location (when back in person): Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Hub Room, 2nd floor, 4040 Sunset Rd, Lake Oswego

Email: info@jobseekerslo.org

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