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Help Adult Job Seekers Navigate Career Transitions

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ORGANIZATION: Lake Grove Job Seekers

  • 12 people are interested

Overall Description

There are many ways to support the Lake Grove Job Seekers (LGJS) Program as a mentor:

  • Become a coach/mentor to active job seekers
  • Give a talk at one of our weekly meetings
  • Offer your specialized services on an ad hoc basis (e.g., legal, psychological counseling)
  • Offer your time for program administration (e.g., website updates and maintenance)

Most mentors elect to coach active job seekers in the career planning and job search process.
As a mentor, we listen and advise, with the goal of enabling job seekers to eventually help themselves in this process. For example, we do not look for jobs online, write resumes, or create a LinkedIn profile ... but we might refer a job seeker to information about any of these things and share any insight or resources we may know about.

Timing and commitment.
We meet as a group on Monday mornings from 8:15-10:15. If you would like to become an active mentor and coach job seekers we ask that you attend these meetings as often as possible. We are very flexible about vacation schedules and help each other out when needed. Mentors work approximately 2-10 additional hours per week based on the number of job seekers they choose to mentor. Ad hoc support (legal/admin) would be at your discretion.

We are non-denominational.
While Lake Grove Presbyterian Church is our sponsor and hosts our program/meetings, our mentors and our seekers come from a variety of educational, professional, faith, ethnic, and gender backgrounds. All are welcome as mentors and as job seekers.

We have fun and are a supportive group of long-term volunteers.
Many mentors are former job seekers who found so much value in the program that they have returned to pay it forward. We are completely volunteer-run and operate in an atmosphere of mutual respect - and fun! Monthly Mentor Happy Hour get-togethers help us to work better together as a group and get to know one another.

About You

We are looking for volunteers who are seeking a long-term commitment to helping job seekers. Many of our mentors have been with the organization for years. While we don’t require a years-long commitment, that longevity gives you a sense of the commitment of our mentor colleagues.

Strongly preferred experiences for mentors:

Supervisory / Management / Leadership Experience. Mentors with solid experience in hiring, promoting, demoting/firing, and coaching employees can help job seekers understand the hiring dynamic. Besides their own lived experience in this area, familiarity with the thought processes of peers and more senior management helps a mentor offer perspective about how a job seeker may be viewed by those on the hiring team.


HR/Staffing/Recruiting Experience. Familiarity with the internal or external recruiting and hiring process, especially what goes on "behind the scenes" can be very valuable to job seekers. For example, how best to work with recruiters, how staffing people evaluate a job seeker’s materials, or how organizations approach negotiating are all important topics for job seekers.


Career Coaching/Counseling Experience. Those mentors with this experience are not only able to help with the outward aspects of looking for a job or navigating a transition, but they also offer invaluable knowledge and expertise in coaching job seekers through the internal turmoil caused when one is out of work, feels they are not in the right career or is having trouble working through the rejection inherent in the process. Emotional resilience is a huge component for everyone in the job search or career transition process.

If you are flexible, collaborative, and committed to helping others and continuing to broaden your knowledge about job search, you will fit right in!

Becoming a Mentor

You will have a Mentor Sponsor to guide you through the onboarding process of becoming a mentor. This person is there to help you understand more about the LGJS program and how we operate, but we fundamentally believe that, as an experienced professional you probably know more about coaching job seekers than you realize or give yourself credit. If you’ve hired, fired, and/or developed employees in your professional life before, you have much of what it takes to become a mentor. What we suggest below is concentrated in three key areas:

  1. The nuts and bolts of a job search in today’s environment
  2. Online tools and resources
  3. Coaching reminders

These areas are all things that you can learn, even if you feel less than proficient today. We’ve never had a mentor join the program who was an expert in all areas at the start, nor would any of us profess to be experts today. What we all are, is willing to learn. With that attitude, we can teach or help you brush up on any areas where you may be weaker.

People looking for a job, whether they have one or not, are often in a vulnerable place. They may have been fired or let go, they may be reentering the workforce after a long absence, they may have been in a toxic environment, or they may simply want to change jobs or careers. What you bring to the table is a willingness to listen, share alternative perspectives, and encourage persistent effort and risk-taking -- even when the going gets tough. Beyond job search "how to's" helping job seekers find their inner strength and courage is often the value you bring.

For more information: email info@jobseekerslo.org and explore our website www.lakegrovejobseekers.org

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About Lake Grove Job Seekers


4040 Sunset Dr, Lake Oswego, OR 97035, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help people help themselves navigate through a career transition, whether they are unemployed or just seeking new opportunities.


Lake Grove Job Seekers has a 15+ year track record of helping job seekers to land jobs at Nike, Intel, and countless other companies and organizations.

We have three major components to our program:

In-person weekly meetings at the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego. These meetings, held every Monday morning, feature subject matter experts on all aspects of job search from Resumes and Interviewing to Stress Reduction and Managing Finances during a Transition. Job Seekers also have a chance to practice their networking skills and get their weeks off to a productive start.

Weekly online Skill Builder workshops that are a deep dive into the foundational components of the modern job: Networking, LinkedIn, Resumes, and Job Search Strategy.

1-on-1 coaching is also available from our volunteer Mentors, who are primarily retired professionals from a wide range of industries with years of experience hiring and managing their own successful job searches.
In addition to education and coaching, we offer a positive and supportive community including networking opportunities to those in career transition.

To learn more visit https://lakegrovejobseekers.org/




We'll work with your schedule.


4040 Sunset DriveLake Oswego, OR 97035



  • Mentoring
  • Adult Education
  • Career Counseling / Coaching
  • Recruiting
  • Human Resources Recruitment


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible: Most new mentors commit to weekly attendance at our Monday meetings (2 hrs/wk); monthly attendance at Mentor Forum meetings (1.5 hrs/mo); and mentoring 1 or more job seekers (avg one hour per week). Vacations/breaks can be covered.
  • The time commitment is a bit more in the beginning as we guide mentors through their orientation process - there is lots of support available. We do ask our mentors to commit to continuous learning about the ever-changing job search process.

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