Resources in Northeast Ohio for Job Seekers

There are a number of self-help groups which typically hold meetings at local churches. In addition, there are several organizations that receive their funding to provide services from local, state or federal sources. There are also profession-specific and miscellaneous groups.
 

The church based groups do not typically have web sites and are contacted by phone or by e-mail to the individuals currently involved.  Reasonable attempts are made to keep this listing current.  Please let us know if there is incorrect information.  Call Sue Frammartino at 216-901-6000 or e-mail John Vinson at jvinson330@roadrunner.com with any corrections.  Thank you.

CHURCH-BASED GROUPS

 

CHAGRIN VALLEY JOB SEEKERS: The Chagrin Valley Job Seekers (CVJS) is a volunteer organization in northeast Ohio with the sole purpose of providing professionals in career transition with networking contacts, job leads, keynote speakers, resources, and knowledge to enhance their job search. The group was started in April 2002 by the current 2 leaders. Since its inception, over 4,600 job seekers have been helped and there are 75-100 people at each meeting. Membership is open to any job seeker who attends our meetings and all materials and services are free. All members are connected through an email network, can participate in the CVJS Bio Program, and can access over 75 electronic documents that cover a wide variety of job search subjects from our web site. All services and materials are free. Meetings are held at the Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church, 35100 Solon Road, Solon, Ohio at 7:30 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, unless it is a national holiday or the 4th Monday in December. For additional information, contact Jim Grant at JWGrant@AOL.com or Greg Reynolds at cvjsgreg@yahoo.com .

 

FEDERATED CHURCH EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION, a free networking and support group meets every Sunday at 10:00 AM between services at the Federated Church, 76 Bell Street in Chagrin Falls. Contact: Greg Polyak at 866-444-1004 and by-mail at gregory.polyak@lpl.com .

 

Grace Job Seekers Network,  Grace Church, 7392 Pearl Rd., Middleburg Hts., OH 44130 216-267-4300, jjjasko@gmail.com.  Meetings are held on the first and third Mondays at 7:00 PM.

 

HUDSON JOB SEARCH, (www.hudsonjobsearch.org)   A volunteer organization offering free outplacement training to those in the community of Hudson.  The one-on-one counseling is only for people living in or attending church or temple in Hudson.  A Monday night meeting on networking and the job search process is open to anyone.  See our About Us page for details of meeting and contact information.

 

PARKSIDE CHURCH JOB SEARCH GROUP, Parkside Church, 7100 Pettibone Road, Bainbridge.  Group is facilitated by Ken Vaughan. They do periodic one-day workshops followed by 5-6 evening sessions and have a LinkedIn group.  Ken Vaughan’s phone is 440-248-9814 and he can be reached by e-mail at kvaughan44@aol.com.

 

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH JOB SEEKERS, 2747 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights. This is one of the longest serving informal support groups and meets 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Fridays.  The group provides informal support for unemployed and underemployed job seekers.  Discussions emphasize job search strategies, interviewing techniques, overcoming barriers to employment and networking.  There are three rotating facilitators -- Bonnie Dick, Training and Employment Consultant, 216-283-9148  (bonnie.dick1616@yahoo.com), James Hogg, 216-991-6799, and Dennis Kelly 216-382-2236 (handdkelly1854@yahoo.com).

 

LAKE COUNTY JOB SEEKERS, Learning Loft, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor, OH 44060, Contact is Dan Moon, 440-552-0629, or Dave-440-357-8033.  Lcjseekers@sbcglobal..net .  Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Send mail to: Lake County Job Seekers, C/O Dan Moon, 6781 Melrdige Dr., Concord, OH  44077

 

 

 

North canton executive networking group (nceng), Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church Room 206, 5944 Fulton Drive NW Canton. A free networking and support group for professionals in the Northeast Ohio area to discuss best practices and share helpful tips for creating an effective personal marketing plan.  Meets every other Tuesday at 8:30 AM.  Contact Joyce Rodek at jerodek@gmail.com

   

St. Albert the Great (STANEO) 6667 Wallings Rd. North Royalton, OH 44133.  Contacts: Lorie Milano: 440-897-0636 LMilano33@sbcglobal.net   Mark Hurt: 440-570-1184(c); 330-425-4250 x 112 (w); 440-237-2046 (h) mark_hurt@sbcglobal.net . Meetings are the second Wednesdays of each month  from 7:00-9:00 PM.

 

St. Basil Job Support Group  8700 Brecksville Rd. Brecksville, OH 44141 Contacts: Gene Gilbert: 440-582-1770 ecgilbert@americtech.net and Bob Kestranek: 216-701-7661 rkestranek@hotmail.com  Meetings are the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM.

 

St. Francis Xavier  606 E. Washington St. Medina, OH 44256. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Holy Martyrs, 3100 S. Weymouth Rd. Medina. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at The Knights of Columbus Hall,  131 N. East St. Medina.  New members are required to attend a brief orientation at 6:30 PM.  Contacts: Dan Cathcart  cathcartd@yahoo.com (job postings), Jim Mayiras  jmayiras@yahoo.com 330-721-9796 (general inquiries) and Joe Gainard joeyg@zoominternet.net (job seekers)  330-725-8690 

 

St. Hilary EMPLOYMENT NETWORKING GROUP (SHENG) 2750 West Market St. Akron, OH 44333. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. Contacts: Mike Costello or Steve Tomasko via the Parish Office at 330-867-1055 X300 or via e-mail at sheng@neo.rr.com .

 

St. John Neumann EMPLOYMENT NETWORKING GROUP 16271 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136 Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM.  Contact:  Joe Wollet  440-846-8080  jwollet@gmail.com .

 

ST. PAUL JOB NETWORK, St. Paul’s Church,  221 South Main St. North Canton, OH 44720.  Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 8:30am in church lower level. Contact: Parish Office at 330-499-2201 or Don Pfiffner pfiffner67@neo.rr.com, Carl Jerzyk cjerzyk@sbcglobal.net or  Mike Ziarko mez@neo.rr.com

 

Stow Community United Church of Christ, 1567 Pilgrim Drive, Stow, OH  44224, 330-687-4731 Meetings are held the second Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and the fourth Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  Contact Diana Miller, diana@communityjobclub.com .

 

The Saints Employment Network, St. Mary of the Falls, meets in School Hall, 8262 Columbia Rd.

Olmsted Falls, OH . Meets third Thursday at 7:00 PM. New member registration at 6:30 PM. Contact Al Ferrie,

440-655-7282, BigAL1370@cox.net

 

ACADEMIC AND OTHER GROUPS SUPPORTED BY GOVERNMENT FUNDING

 

CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY Career Center, is the number one resource of its kind in NE Ohio. It has been in business more than 25 years and has an experienced staff.  It has counselors, an excellent research library, its own publications and runs workshops at several locations. They also offer Discover, a computerized self-guidance system.  They are located in the Maple Heights Library at 5225 Library Lane in Maple Heights and are readily accessible.  Their phone number is 216-475-2225. Call for an appointment. The Career Center offers several workshops at local branches. See website for details. Their web site is www.cuyahogalibrary.org/careerexpert

 

THE JOB CENTER: Comprehensive job center for Summit County.  Go to www.thejobcenter.biz to view information about services. The Executive Networking Group meets bi weekly. Call 330-633-1050 for more information.  Location information:  1040 East Tallmadge Avenue, Akron, OH 44310 / Phone 330-633-1050.

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSITION SERVICE is part of Tri-C and has facilities at all three campuses. The principal resource is at the Metro Campus at 2415 Woodland Ave. Room 239. Parking lot #4 off Woodland, Cleveland. Also have offices at the East, West, and Metro campuses. They have a comprehensive web site www.tri-c.edu/keycareerplace which lists all their programs. Contacts: Ms. Treacy Crowley 216-987-5578 treacy.crowley@tri-c.edu and Jon (Pronounced Yone) Neuffer 216-987- 2893 jon.neuffer@tri-c.edu .

Jobs may be posted at http://www.collegecentral.com/tri-c/ or https://tri-c-csm.symplicity.com/employers/

 

EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION provides complete office facilities and instruction in resume preparation, interviewing skills, etc. They have a web site describing their services www.employmentconnection.us

 

West Side: 11699 Brookpark Road, Parma, OH 44130,  216-898-1366  Fax: 216-898-1497

 

Downtown: 1020 Bolivar Rd. Cleveland, OH 44114   216-664-4673

 

MATURE SERVICES INC (formerly known as SENIOR WORKERS PROGRAM). The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides paid work experience at non-profit and governmental agencies to low-income individuals age 55 plus.  This program operates in 24 counties in northeast Ohio, western Pennsylvania and southwest Ohio.  They have a web site www.matureservices.org. Phone: 330-253-4597. Located at: 415 S. Portage Path, Akron, OH  44320

 

TRANSITIONS Purpose to provide support for business professionals that are currently in transition, feel that they may be in transition soon, or are contemplating a career change.  Participants need not be a resident of Lorain County.  Lorain County Community College,1005 North Abbe Rd., Elyria  44035.  Bass Library/Community Resource. First Floor. RM :C-131  Meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, from 7:00 -- 8:30 PM.  Open to public.  Free seminars, networking, contacts, job leads, and support.  To register: call 440-366-4076 or by email at www.lorainccc.edu/careers. Jobs may be posted at https://lorain-csm.symplicity.com/ .

 

PROFESSION-SPECIFIC RESOURCES

 

HR NETWORK GROUP: This is a networking group for human resource professionals.  It was started by Rick Taylor of Ratliff & Taylor some years ago.  The group no longer meets but communicates and distributes job posting information through a Yahoo group site.  HR professionals may request to be invited to join the group by contacting Sue Frammartino at 216-901-6000 (sframmartino@rtcpi.com)   

 

F.E.N.G. (Financial Executives Network Group); This is a large networking group of senior financial executives. Membership is by invitation.  There is a local Chapter that meets and shares information about job openings although this is only part of their networking activities.  Lamar Ratcliffe 216-401-0739 lratcliffe@financialguide.com

 

M.E.N.G. (Marketing Executive Network Group) is a membership networking group for senior marketing executives.  Operates in 11 major cities in US. There is no local Chapter as yet.  M.E.N.G. has a web site (www.mengonline.com).

 

CHEMPHARMA is a fairly new group with a mission “to identify advancement, career development and growth opportunities in the chemical, pharmaceutical, life science and allied industries….”. Their web site is www.chempharma.org

 

EXECUNET Networking Meetings – Rick Taylor (216-901-7400) facilitates these meetings for ExecuNet in Cleveland.  The meetings are for executives making in excess of $100,000 and meet the third Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the Corporate Plaza I office building in Independence.  To register go to www.execunet.com

 

SENIOR EXECUNET – Rick Taylor (216-901-7400) facilitates these meetings for ExecuNet in Cleveland.  The meetings are for executives (CEO, CMO, CFO, COO, CIO, etc.) making in excess of $200,000.  The group meets every second Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at Corporate Plaza I office building in Independence.  To register go to www.execunet.com.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS GROUPS

 

NATIONAL EMPLOYEE RIGHTS: This is a Cincinnati–based volunteer legal organization that provides information about the rights of employees that are let go. They have a current web site www.workplacefairness.org.

 

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS UNLIMITED: This is an organization for encouraging business people to become involved in volunteer activities in the Cleveland area. Their web site is www.businessvolunteers.org