North Coast Job Seekers is a job search support group for professionals in transition or those who are currently employed but seeking new career options. We provide tools, tips, resources, techniques and networking opportunities to help maximize a job search. If in transition, or want to explore new career options, we encourage attending North Coast Job Seekers meetings.


"North Coast" refers to the geographic region of NE Ohio, particularly the metropolitan Cleveland area (which is on the shores of Lake Erie, hence the "North Coast" of the U.S.). However the resources available here are offered to any who might benefit from them.


Monday, September 26, 2016

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

Presentation:  "Careers, Jobs, Planning, Surviving, and Thriving in the New Economy"

Speaker:  Joe Ortenzi

You need a new mindset!  In the current job market, you need to consider yourself self-employed.  There are no long-term social contracts for employment, if they ever existed.


The Cheshire Cat might be the best example of where most of us have been with careers and jobs. With an ever changing, dynamic job market, finding stable employment is a difficult challenge. We live in an age where jobs include temporary, part-time, downsizing, core employees, contracted services, specialized skills, reduced benefits, and self-employment


"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where," said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."


Principal at Skills Enrichment, Joe Ortenzi has more than four decades experience putting difficult-to-place individuals in satisfying employment.  During this time he has learned how to break through the clutter and make his clients stand out among the multitudes of job seekers.

For the last 18 years, Joe has operated Skills Enrichment Group – his own company focused on return-to-work services.  He provides transitional employment services, vocational evaluations, vocational feasibility evaluations transferable skills analysis, vocational explorations, employment workshops and vocational consulting.

For nearly three decades, he was a Senior Counseling Psychologist managing vocational rehabilitation services for disabled veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. His career has been devoted to helping clients overcome serious barriers to re-entering the workforce. These include a wide range of disabilities, injuries, career changes, employment gaps, felonies and dramatic changes in the job market.

 Joe has a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from John Carroll University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. 
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Monday, October 10, 2016


North Coast Job Seekers Meeting



Join with other NCJS members and leaders for constructive networking, job search troubleshooting, sharing what's going well and what is not, and collaborating on job leads.

Whether new to a job search or weary from the process, being with others "in the trenches" can be extremely beneficial.  NCJS offers a constructive environment in which to share challenges and frustrations as well as offering good leads and encouragement to others.  The "Networking and Issue Sharing" meetings are structured to capitalize on the people resources of NCJS, network with well-connected colleagues, and open doors to new possibilities.  You will help others and gain traction for your own job search.

North Coast Job Seekers

Career transitions are seldom easy. The many pieces of a job search can be overwhelming, and fitting those pieces together to find your next position can be tricky. North Coast Job Seekers wants to provide support, training, and resources as you go through your job search.

NCJS is a completely volunteer organization bringing together those in job transition with leaders, presenters, resources, and other job seekers.  Job seekers themselves bring a multitude of resources to NCJS with knowledge, experience, skills, and professional networks.  Together we share a mission to help motivated people succeed through career changes.

North Coast Job Seekers meets in the Gym/Fellowship Hall of Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Solon, Ohio at 7:30pm on the second and fourth Monday of the month. We actively network, discuss job search issues, and get terrific tips from job search experts. If you are in transition or want to explore new career options, we encourage you to start attending North Coast Job Seekers meetings.

NCJS LinkedIn Group

If you're not part of the online discussions, job leads, and networking with NCJS, join the NCJS LinkedIn Group now to expand your job search resources.


The twice monthly meetings of North Coast Job Seekers is supplemented by an active LinkedIn Group. This rich forum includes relevant discussion topics, job postings, and networking opportunities. Click on the LinkedIn logo to visit the group page.

Job Listings

If you are looking for our job listings or have a position to share with the NCJS membership, we invite you to participate in the NCJS LinkedIn group.  All of our job postings and information are handled on LinkedIn, not on our website.  For more information about the LinkedIn group or for instructions on posting a job opportunity, click this link.

NCJS Resource Library

Newest Resource in the Library:



"How to Network: A Step-by-Step Guide for Job Searching"

Michael Spiro presentation to NCJS on July 25, 2016


"CPR for Your Job Search"

Frank Hulewat presentation to NCJS on November 23, 2015


Click the title to see the newest article in the NCJS Resource Library

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E-Connect Email Newsletter - August 20, 2016


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We are grateful for our generous partners:


PMINEO (Project Management Institute Northeast Ohio) partners with North Coast Job Seekers to focus on career advancement for all professions in the NE Ohio area.


Click here for more information.

Click here for PMINEO Website.

Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church, Solon, OH

Pioneer Church partners with NCJS by generously providing our meeting space and hospitality to make us always feel welcome.

Liaison:  Greg Reynolds | 216.224.7434 |  Email

The Catholic Church of St. Rita, Solon, OH

St. Rita Parish has partnered with NCJS by promoting our programs with parish members and by providing generous financial support.

Liaison: Jim Folger | 440.248.6911 | Email

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Second & Fourth Monday

of each month

7:30 - 9:00pm

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Meeting Location

Gym/Fellowship Hall

Pioneer Memorial

Presbyterian Church

35100 Solon Road

Solon, OH 44139


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