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.

ONLINE MEETINGS ON ZOOM PLATFORM

Beginning with our April 26, 2021 meeting we transitioned to Zoom (from GoToMeeting).  Several features available in Zoom will add value to our meetings, particularly breakout rooms, in-meeting polls, and a slightly easier user interface.  If you need help with Zoom, we have a few steps below or you can find many very helpful video tutorials online.  We look forward to the new platform as we see our online meetings continuing in the foreseeable future.

 

SEE GETTING STARTED HELP AND TUTORIALS BELOW

NEXT MONDAY NIGHT MEETING

Monday, October 25, 2021

7:30 – 9:00pm EDT
[online meeting room will open at 7:15pm]

North Coast Job Seekers Meeting

 

“10 Second Resume”

 

Speaker:  Jim Folger

Jim Folger will give a presentation on resumes, sharing what is most important from a recruiter's perspective to quickly communicate the key things in your background.  This presentation will provide insights that might help you get screened IN vs. screened out.

 

Jim Folger is a recruiter, and the President of OneSource Technical, Inc., a national search firm that partners with small to medium sized companies to help them recruit for a broad range of professional positions.  Jim is an Engineer with 2 decades of industry experience in engineering, management, and customer-facing roles prior to founding OneSource Technical.  Jim’s background as a hiring manager and as a recruiter provides a unique perspective that encompasses both sides of the hiring desk.  Jim can be a valuable resource to reach out to should you be at a crossroad in your career and need to brainstorm ideas.  Job seekers are also welcome to Search Jobs in the company’s network of nearly 1.000 recruiters.  Connect with Jim on LinkedIn and join him in the NCJS LinkedIn Group.

Use this link to join our virtual meetings with video
from your computer, tablet, or smartphone:

NCJS ZOOM MEETING CONNECTION

see information below about downloading Zoom app/program
it is NOT required to download the app -- Zoom can run from your browser

 

Or dial in using your phone:

NCJS ZOOM MEETING ONE-TAP PHONE CONNECTION

or dial manually:
(646) 558-8656     Access Code:  8197-6352-173#

NCJS Online Meetings

North Coast Job Seeker meetings are held online during this season of social distancing.  Using a secure platform, our meetings continue virtually.

Using the familiar video conferencing platform, Zoom, we are continuing our most important NCJS services:  Meeting "face-to-face" for networking, job search support, and presentations to assist professionals in transition.  While not the same as "being there" with the group, these virtual meetings are a helpful time of connecting and networking.  They also serve as good training ground for virtual interviews!

 

How to prepare for NCJS Virtual meetings:

  • If you need a tutorial for using Zoom (using the app or using the web interface) please use our NCJS Getting Started with Zoom tutorial (see below).
  • Make sure your tech is working and plan a quiet space to join the meetings.
  • If you do not have webcam/video technology, you will be able to call into the meetings and participate with audio only either from your computer or a phone.
  • Review your "30-Second Elevator Speech" to be able to introduce yourself and clearly communicate your expertise and skills to someone who doesn't know you. We will be using these in the online meetings.  Here's an easy to follow tutorial: Elevator Speech
  • At the designated time, join the meeting using the link provided.  Each meeting "room" will open 15 minutes before the meeting begins in order to make sure you are connected and to become familiar with the Zoom platform.

NCJS Getting Started with Zoom Tutorial

This tutorial can help walk you through the steps of using Zoom for our
NCJS meetings.  Topics in the tutorial include a general overview, how to connect if you already use Zoom, how to download and install Zoom, and how to use Zoom using your web browser without installing the Zoom app.

NCJS Getting Started with Zoom Tutorial
Designed for NCJS members, this guide will help experienced and novice Zoom users get connected to our online meetings.
Getting Started with Zoom Meetings NCJS [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

Additional Suggestions During the Coronavirus Crisis

 

Even during this pandemic, job search work does not take a pause.  We have several recommendations and ways that NCJS can continue to support your job search networking and efforts:

 

  • Our NCJS LinkedIn Group is stronger and more vibrant than ever.  That is an outstanding place to actively network, ask questions, promote discussions, and stay connected with one another.
  • Telephone Networking.  Picking up the phone and talking with other NCJS members you have met, following up on job leads, and networking voice-to-voice is an excellent tool that is not impeded by the COVID-19 virus.
  • Find an Accountability Partner who will commit to helping you stay on track with your job search and with whom you can talk about job search issues.
  • Our NCJS website contains helpful information in our Resource Library that you can explore and use.  We will do our best to bolster that resource during this time.
  • Commit to using this time to focus on your job search via internet searches and online resources, one-on-one meetings (practicing "social distancing" for safety), and making/keeping appointments as you are able.

 

We are committed to supporting you in whatever ways we can.  We commit to keeping you informed of changes and updates to our scheduled events.  Please be safe, smart, and help others do the same.

 

-- North Coast Job Seekers Advisory Board

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 Job Search Process
Road Map

The NCJS Job Search Process Road Map is the core of our approach to career transition.  The downloadable document in our Resource Library outlines each of the three major waypoints on the road map.  It is important to note that the Road Map is not a simple
1-2-3 step method.  Rather, it is more organic and dynamic – the steps lead to one another, and in the end lead back to the beginning.  It is easier than it sounds, is more intuitive, and is more effective than a "do this list of things and you'll land your dream job" approach.  This is our Road Map for guiding us through the next career move in ways that use our best gifts, skills, passions, and experiences to our advantage.

 

Use the link below to download a pdf version of the Road Map:

North Coast Job Seekers Search Process Road Map
North Coast Job Seeker's approach to the job search process. All of our meetings and presentations are tied to the elements of this Road Map.
NCJS Process Road Map.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [706.0 KB]

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 Postings

If you are looking for job opportunities 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 are handled in our NCJS LinkedIn group.  For more information about the LinkedIn group and details of how to post a job opportunity, click this link.

E-Connect Newsletter

 

Would you like to receive our semi-monthly E-Connect email newsletter?  Use the link below to securely sign up for NCJS email communications.

 

E-Connect Signup

Partnerships

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

www.pioneersolon.org

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

www.stritaparish.com

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

LinkedIn Group

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E-Connect

Meeting Schedule

Second & Fourth Monday

of each month

7:30 - 9:00pm

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting Location

Currently Meeting Online

due to pandemic.

 

Our Physical Home:

Upstairs Room

Pioneer Memorial

Presbyterian Church

35100 Solon Road

Solon, OH 44139

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Job postings are handled on our NCJS LinkedIn page. Click here for instructions to post a job

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