Coaching Group

Job Seekers is a support group for people who are looking for work.

We meet most Mondays at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 West Foster Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.  Enter the building using the courtyard entrance. We’re in  the upstairs parlor and meet from 11 am – 12:30 pm.

This is a free group for people who are unemployed.  It is a place where members can build on the positive aspects of their lives, envision their future and be held accountable for moving forward. We also provide emotional and spiritual support for one another.

This is a coaching group, not a therapy group, so we do things a little differently than you might expect from a traditional support group. We deal with strengths, not pathology. There is no diagnosing. If you’re struggling with something like anxiety or depression, we won’t be able to give you what you need to treat it successfully, but you can get the name and number of another therapist or two who could help you.

We’re also not a group that tells you how to write a resume or cover letter or what to wear/say/do on a job interview. That said, periodically we’ll critique one another’s resumes, offering feedback. And we have guided people through difficult interview situations and questions. Our suggestions come from our own experiences, what has (or hasn’t) worked for us.

Often we deal with more abstract ideas, like how can I market my current skills for gainful employment? What is my purpose in life? What is it that I’m supposed to do next? What does God want me to do with my life? How can I overcome my fear of looking for work, of getting a job, of starting my own business or becoming a consultant?

The first Monday of every month we focus on envisioning what you most want for your life; when you have an idea of where you want to go, you’ll know which direction is forward. On other Mondays we may discuss which element is most like us, design a coat of arms, write a mission statement, explore our fears, turn negative thoughts into positive affirmations, and more.

There are very few requirements for membership in the group. You need to be un- or under-employed, and we expect that you would behave as you would like others to treat you: with respect and dignity. Frequently you’ll receive suggestions of things to try or do. We strongly encourage that you at least try them to see if they resonate with you. You’ll also receive an invitation to join our Yahoo! Group. This is a private, but not confidential, group to generate quick communication to group members and others. You do not have to join our Yahoo! Group, but again, we strongly recommend it.

As facilitator, I strive to create a space where members can receive and offer support and caring from and to one another.  We may challenge you during a discussion to look at beliefs you have about yourself and your capabilities. Again, it is my desire and intention that you experience this in a nurturing, supportive way.

Please call 312-925-6124 or email carolyn.e.placko@gmail.com for more information and to make sure that space is available for you.

Blessings and peace in your search for meaningful, profitable work.

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