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 weekly education sessions and individual mentoring 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 (calendar below) -- 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 to the bottom of this page for meeting logistics.

Skill Builder Workshops

  • Skill Builder Workshops go in depth on the topics of Resumes, LinkedIn, Networking, and Job Search Strategies.
  • Topics rotate each week.

Mentor services

  • Job Seekers who complete our Orientation classes will be offered an individual mentor. A mentor is a valuable ally, providing as-needed guidance, support, and assistance throughout the process of finding a job or changing careers.
  • 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 host a private LinkedIn group, where program participants share information and connect with one another.


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

1. Come to our meetings!

You are always welcome to attend our Monday meetings or Skill Builder Workshops. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the weekly meeting logistics.

2. Register for a Website Account

Use the "REGISTER" link above to create an account on this website. Once your registration is approved, you'll have access to the complete calendar of speakers and Orientation dates, in addition to a wealth of job search information.

Please note: Between the time you register and the time your request is approved, your account will be in a "suspended" state. It will become active once we approve your registration request (typically 24-48 hours).

3. Attend Orientation (*)

If you are ALSO interested additional individual or group mentoring services you will need to participate in our 2 week Orientation Program and complete the homework assigned each week. To get started:

a) Fill out this confidential Job Seeker Input Form so we know how to contact you for your mentor assignment once you complete Orientation.

b) Attend our mandatory two week Orientation Program:

  • 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. Check out the calendar below to see which week is coming up.
  • Download the Program Overview prior to your first Orientation meeting.

c) Sign the Job Seeker Guidelines, then scan them (or take a photo) and email to 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.


Attendance at Job Seekers counts as a “work seeking activity” when one is filing for unemployment

Claimants can claim attendance at Job Seekers along with 1-1 or Group Mentor meetings as “work seeking activities” by writing in “Lake Grove Job Seekers” for the activity on your unemployment claim submission. Only three of the five work seeking activities in a filing period can be from a work seeking training event or 1-1 Career counseling (resume, interview or career planning support, etc.) Job seekers with active unemployment benefits accounts still have to apply to two new jobs each weeks (follow ups do not count). This only applies to folks with active unemployment benefit accounts.

Claimants have to be registered in iMatchSkills to request unemployment benefits.

Visit this site for more information about eligible “work seeking activities.”


Still Have Questions?

Upcoming Events

Orientation for New/Returning Job Seekers: Week 2

Monday, December 6, 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 two 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. 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.

Job Search Strategy and Working with Recruiters

Monday, December 6, 2021 @ 8:30am

While the current economic climate is in flux, the core principles of how to go about a job search haven’t really changed. In this interactive job search workshop, we’ll discuss some best practices for making good use of your time spent, what to focus on, and how to best utilize the resources at your disposal. We’ll also speak to how recruiters can be a great resource for understanding the market and maybe even landing your next job – if you find the right one for you.

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.

Skill Builder Workshop

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 @ 10:00am

Skill Builder Workshops are optional but highly recommended workshops available to all job seekers, regardless of whether or not you have a mentor. They are held on the first 4 Wednesdays of every month, except during holiday weeks.

Topics rotate weekly and include: Job Search Strategy, Resumes, LinkedIn, and Networking.

To join a Skill Builder Workshop:
Meeting ID: 869 7454 4638
Passcode: 686979


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 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: Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Hub Room, 2nd floor, 4040 Sunset Rd, Lake Oswego


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