Networking Groups in the Chicago Area

Arlington Heights

www.worknetncc.com
Northwest Suburban IETC Office
723 Algonquin Road Room 104
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847.437.8913
Email: tkasch@worknetcc.com
Contact: Ted Kasch
Networking group meetings will rotate locations. Check the online calendar for dates and locations, or call Ted Kasch.

www.parishemployment.com
St. Edna's Church
2525 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
847.398.3362
A joint program of St. Edna's, St. James, St. Raymond's and Our Lady of the Wayside Churches. Meetings are held at St. Edna’s every other week on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm with a speaker followed by networking. One-on-one counseling is also available. For information, call 847.398.3362 or go to www.parishemployment.com.
No fees.

www.engchgo.org
Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML)
Henderson Room. – 2nd Floor
500 N. Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5910
847.392.0100
For Senior positions over $100K.
Meetings are at the Arlington Heights Library and are usually the 2nd Thursday of the month, but there are exceptions.
Note: this group charges a fee.

www.ahml.info/research/jobs
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N Dunton Ave
Arlington Hts, IL 60004-5966
847.392.0100
Every Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Stop in every week and connect with other job seekers and with a facilitator trained by Illinois WorkNet. The facilitator will help you establish a plan of action for your job search: companies contacted, jobs applied to, networking groups attended, follow-up letters for interviews, etc. No registration required

Barrington

www.mycareerplace.org
600 Hart Rd, Suite 275
Barrington, IL 60010
847.304.4157
Meetings every Tuesday 10am to noon.
Note: this group charges a fee.

Chicago

www.bnchicago.org
Contact: David Carman at dcarman@bnchicago.org
Phone:312.943.6376
A "networking group for job-seekers, entrepreneurs and working professionals seeking to establish mutually rewarding relationships with like-minded individuals." Hosts networking events on various days of the month and at various locations in the Chicago area.

www.ctcchicago.org
703 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60661
312.906.9908
Fax: 312.906.9930
e-mail: host@ctcchicago.org
Calendar: www.ctcchicago.org/Join/PeerGrp.asp
CTC will be providing an opportunity for its members to attend these peer group experiences offered concurrently on Tuesday mornings. These meetings are reserved for existing members. CTC membersip casts $300 for a client's first quarter and $150 for subsequent quarters. Clients referrred through CTC sponsoring organizations receive a $100 discount their first quarter. Check the CTC website for the current list of sponsors.

www.saintc.org/outreach/employment-council/
St. Chrysostom's Church
1424 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.944.1083
Contact: Michel K. Cade
Weekly meetings are held on Mondays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Harding Room at St. Chrysostom's Church.

www.grayhairmanagement.com
Gray Hair Management®, LLC
1901 N Roselle Rd., Suite 800
Schaumburg, IL 60195
847.940.2800; 877.975.2800 [Toll-Free]
Email: contact@grayhairmanagement.com
If you have specific questions about GHM or the Chicago Area Chapter meetings. Please do not hesitate to contact Scott Kane by email at scott@grayhairmanagement.com or phone at 847 940-2800.

Des Plaines

www.oakton.edu/conted/index.php
Oakton Community College
Des Plaines Campus
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847.635.1600.

Elgin

30 DuPage Court
Elgin, IL 60120

847.888.7900 ext 247
Free Weekly Job Club Series on Fridays from 1-2:30pm Discussions on topics pertinent to job seekers in today's market.

Evanston

www.epl.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=120
Evanston Public Library
Illinois workNet Affiliate Site
1703 Orrington Avenue, 3rd floor
Evanston, IL 60201
847.448.8600
Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday/Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Open Computer Lab on Fridays 12:30pm to 6:00pm

Illinois workNet, Evanston has partnered with the Evanston Public Library to offer on-site services for Job Seekers and an open computer lab with internet access.

Glen Ellyn

www.stjosephministry.org
P.O. Box 2488
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138-2488
email: info@stjosephministry.org
Meetings are 7-9 PM First/Third Wednesday each month. We have two meeting locations:
First Wednesday: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1450 Green Trails Drive, Room #15, Naperville IL
Third Wednesday: Southminster Presbyterian Church, 680 South Park Avenue, Glen Ellyn IL

Hoffman Estates

www.sainthubert.org/ministries/job.html
St. Hubert’s Parish Ministry Center
729 Grand Canyon St.
Hoffman Estates, IL.
Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7pm to 9:15pm.
Contact Bob Podgorski, 847.885.7700.
No Fee. This group also has seminars on weekends - check website for time and place.
Be sure to sign up for the E-Mail Job Board when you sign in at St. Hubert’s. Membership in accountability groups is also coordinated through this group. On the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00pm, there is a “How to Network” Workshop for the First Timer.

Inverness

groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HolyFamilyJobSupport/info
Holy Family Catholic Church
2515 West Palatine Road
Inverness, IL 60067
Phone: 847.359.0042
Meets every Saturday morning from 7:30AM to 10:00AM at the Holy Family Catholic Church.
Holy Family Job Support,one of the oldest job networking groups in the Chicago area, has been meeting since 1986. This Group is a blend of those working and those looking. All are welcome, donuts and coffee are provided. Be sure to bring at least 60 copies of your resume/handbill/business card.
For more information, contact Jim Phillips at phillips34@sbcglobal.net.

Lake Forest

careerresourcecenter.org
Grove Cultural Campus
40 East Old Mill Road, Suite 105
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847.295.5626
Fax: 847.295.5430
Email: info@CareerResourceCenter.org

Lisle

www.lisletownship.com/departments/youth-and-family/job-club/
Lisle Library
777 Front Street
Lisle, IL 60532
630.968.1880, ext. 13
Contact: Joy Maquire-Dooley, Director
Meet every Wednesday at the Community Career Center in Naperville (2nd floor) at 9:30 and again at 11:30. And on the last Friday of every month downstairs at the Lisle Library Conference Room (Coffee is always provided) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

www.worknetdupage.org/jobs/dupage-county-jobs.html?
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302
Lisle , IL 60532
Tel: 630.955.2030
Fax: 630.955.2059
Friday Job Club is held on the last Friday of every month, from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon. It is an opportunity to network with other job seekers and share job lead information. Business or community speakers periodically present on special topics. Space is limited to 85 attendees. WorkNet DuPage Career Center provides job seekers with the job search tools they need for successful employment.

www.workministry.com/jsg/LDS_IL.html
4951 Indiana Ave, Suite 400
Lisle, IL 60532
630.487.2181
2-Day Comprehensive Employment Workshops that covers resume writing, interviewing and networking.
No fee.

McHenry

Network to Success Job Club
Sponsored by McHenry County Job Training
815.338.7100
Have your handbills or resumes available, should anyone ask for a copy. For more information, please call 815-338-7100.
Shah Center
4100 W. Shamrock
McHenry, IL 60050
Meets every month on the second Wednesday and starts at 1pm.
Consumers Credit Counseling
Woodstock, IL 60098-2614
Meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Naperville

www.lisletownship.com/departments/youth-and-family/job-club/
Lisle Library
777 Front Street
Lisle, IL 60532
630.968.1880, ext. 13
Contact: Joy Maquire-Dooley, Director
Meet every Wednesday at the Community Career Center in Naperville (2nd floor) at 9:30 and again at 11:30. And on the last Friday of every month downstairs at the Lisle Library Conference Room (Coffee is always provided) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Chicago Training Network - Midwest
Panera Bread
1191 East Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
630.548.5070

Contact: Steve Gawron, Current Moderator sgawron@core.com
Meets 3rd Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Open to all Training Industry Professionals

www.communitycareercenter.org
1815 W. Diehl Road, Suite 100
Naperville, IL 60563
630.961.5665
Email: staff@communitycareercenter.org
Join us every Thursday from 9:30-10:30 to learn about the services and opportunities available to you.
The Community Career Center located in Naperville provides a supportive and professional setting where job seekers can conduct an effective and successful job search. Volunteers and staff offer a wide range of technical and practical job search assistance as well as encouragement and support to anyone who is unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change. In addition, volunteers provide one-on-one assistance with Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Search, LinkedIn, Networking, Resume and basic Computer skills.

www.stapostle.org/index2.php?area=ministries&data=jobmin
1500 Brookdale Road
Naperville, IL 60563
630.355.8980
AM Meetings every Friday, 9:30 am to 11:30 am
PM Meetings last Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Orland Hills

www.steseton.com/#/outreach-ministries/hope-employment-ministry
Saint Elizabeth Seton Church
9300 167th Street
Orland Hills, IL 60477
708.403.0101
Email: info@steseton.com
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the church basement. Contact: Steve Sitzberger at 708.712.2837 or email him at stevesitzberger@hotmail.com.

Palatine

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Immanuel Lutheran Church
200 N. Plum Grove Road
Palatine, IL 847.359.1549
Contact: David Krull
Email: davidckrull@aol.com
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month (Except June, July, August and December) from 7-9pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Check the website for additional services.

Palos Heights

http://www.sundancegp.com/job-club.php
Meetings held once a month on Tuesdays
9:30am to 11:30am
The current fee to attend a regular meeting is $5. RSVP is required to assure space and materials.
708-687-4878



Our Mission: To provide a discreet environment which fosters open and honest communications, for the purpose of education, motivation, support, collaboration and empowerment. Lead by a Human Resources professional with expertise in recruiting and employment, who coaches and engages serious job seekers with the intent to improve and enhance the full spectrum of their job search skills.


 Why a Job Club? The Chicago Southland Job Hunters Network was created to help those who are struggling to come to terms with the realities of a new economy and a hiring environment that is perhaps significantly changed from the last time they applied for a job. Sundance Group’s core line of business – employment & recruiting services for major corporations, was also impacted by the job market. Resumé Development and Career Advisement has always been an ancillary service available to individuals, and in 2008, evolved into this job club which serves as a means to provide an effective and affordable forum for individuals to receive expert advice and direction on their career search endeavors. The job market remains competitive in every profession and industry and there continues to be a need for a professional community-based group where job seekers can seek expert advice and learn from their peers at the same time.


What is a Job Club? A forum to provide expertise and mutual sharing of job hunting experiences. If you are in career transition, or returning to the workforce after a long absence, you'll find this group to be time well spent. Learn what others in your community are doing to find work and to enhance their skills. Connecting with others in the same situation at meetings and through social networking and mentorship provides support that helps you focus and stay positive through the challenges.


The Chicago Southland Job Hunters Network is different from many. It is a small and intimate group with constructive meetings focused on important topics that are timely and relevant. The group fosters mutual trust and respect among the participants, while learning what companies are looking for when they make hiring decisions from an insider’s perspective. Discussions cover everything from resumes to using online job boards and niche sites. Meetings have covered: using LinkedIn for your job search; how to request and supply references; behavioral interview questions; and following up after interviews. We’ve also had mock interview sessions and structured workshops to address some of these topics in more depth. Our meetings tend to be lively, supportive, and full of dynamic discussion.


Who Should Attend? Individuals (or small groups) affected by workforce reduction, terminations, layoffs or company closure. This group is ideally suited to adults with prior experience in the workplace. To get the most from this supportive group, please be sure to have an active email account. It is particularly beneficial to those who are new to their job search and have not had to pursue such an effort in a long time. This is an ideal group to be involved with if you are serious about your future career, not just finding a job, and expanding your professional network.


What to wear? Business-Business Casual: because you always want to make a good impression when you're networking for work!


When and Where are the Meetings Held? On a pre-planned schedule, usually once a month on Tuesdays. They begin at 9:30am sharp and end by 11:30am. Our meetings are held in a semi-private space (within a public venue) at the Bootsma Bookstore Café on the campus of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Participants come from the local surrounding communities; and from those within Will, Kankakee and DuPage counties.


Is There a Fee to Attend? The current fee to attend a regular meeting is $5. RSVP is required to assure space and materials. In addition, we offer an optional membership program. Members are offered a discount to attend meetings, workshops and to other services (such as one-on-one support) from Sundance Group. Membership also provides access to a 24/7 online community for continued networking and other valuable resources. Only those who have attended a meeting(s) are eligible for membership. Please call 708-687-4878 for further details.

Schaumburg

www.grayhairmanagement.com
Gray Hair Management®, LLC
1901 N Roselle Rd., Suite 800
Schaumburg, IL 60195
847.940.2800; 877.975.2800 [Toll-Free]
Email: contact@grayhairmanagement.com
If you have specific questions about GHM or the Chicago Area Chapter meetings. Please do not hesitate to contact Scott Kane by email at scott@grayhairmanagement.com or phone at 847 940-2800.

www.worknetncc.com
30 S Roselle (Schaumburg Township Library)
Schaumburg, IL
847.437.8913
Email: tkasch@worknetncc.com
Contact: Ted Kasch
2nd Monday of each month 2pm

www.stmattsaustin.org/caring/support-groups/160-job-support-group.html
St Matthew’s Parish (Hughes Center)
1005 E. Schaumburg Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60194
Provides different kinds of programs for anyone, who is seeking new or different employment. Including: Interactive 2 day Workshops; Personal Coaching Meetings; 3rd Party Presentations such as, St. Hubert's Ministry; Participation in LinkedIn St. Matthew's Networking Group; Resume Reviews.
For more information contact Greg Harnyak at greg1408@sbcglobal.net.
All programs are free and open to any faith group or denomination.

Skokie

events.skokielibrary.info
5215 Oakton Street
Business/Career Center 2nd Floor
Skokie, IL 60077

The Skokie Career Support Group is a place where you can share information, network, and receive free resource information and career coaching.
3rd Monday of the Month
9:30am to 11:00am
For more information, or to register, call Mike Buhmann at 847.324.3176, or send email: mbuhmann@skokielibrary.info

St. Charles

www.tricityug.org
P.O. Box 3850
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: 630.631.1871
Contact: Jim Klink, Executive Director
Email: info@tricityug.org
TUG meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, at the:
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
(Fellowship Hall) 1145 North 5th Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Please visit the website for upcoming meeting dates and speakers.

Woodridge

McDonalds
2401 63rd St.
Woodridge, IL 60617
Email: Kevin@idands.com
Meet Wednesday's 9:00 am weekly. Bring your resumes, hand bills, and business cards to share with members.
Park in back of the Mcdonalds in the furthermost parking spaces and we will be in the Resturant area next to the play area. Please make a purchase at the restaurant to help with our group meeting there.

Woodstock

Network to Success Job Club
Sponsored by McHenry County Job Training
815.338.7100
Have your handbills or resumes available, should anyone ask for a copy. For more information, please call 815-338-7100.
Shah Center
4100 W. Shamrock
McHenry, IL 60050
Meets every month on the second Wednesday and starts at 1pm.
Consumers Credit Counseling
Woodstock, IL 60098-2614
Meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm