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Chicago Area Career Transition Resources

St. Thomas Jobs Ministry
1500 Brookdale Rd. Naperville, IL 60563
(just Off Raymond Dr. N. of N. Aurora) 
(630) 355-8980
Jim Breen (Jimb4853@yahoo.com)
Participants will automatically be added to the Yahoo group after they attend their 1st meeting. Meets 1st 3 monthly Fridays 9:30 AM-12 noon AND the last Wednesday of each month 7:00PM - 9:00PM both for guest speaker followed by networking.

LDS Employment Services
(Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints)
4951 Indiana Suite 400 Lisle, IL
(630) 487-2128
Office hours Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM. Work space cubicles with computers & phones; Copier services. Networking Meeting on Fridays 1PM-3PM. Fantastic "2-day career workshop". Call for an intake appointment prior to arriving, then sign up IMMEDIATELY for their Fantastic "2-day Career Workshop".

WorkNet DuPage Career Center
2525 Cabot Drive Suite 302
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 955-2030
Need intake interview 1st. Great Job Club with fabulous speakers and networking - meetings on Fridays 9:00AM-11:30AM.

Tri-City Unemployment Group (“TUG”)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1145 N. 5th Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-2199
Jim Klink at (630) 631-1871 (info@tricityug.org)
The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays from 6:30PM-9:00PM always a great guest speaker, followed by networking.

Community Career Center
1815 Diehl Rd. Suite 100
Naperville, Il
There is a $50 annual membership fee which entitles members to personal appointments with career counselors on a wide variety of job search topics, the use of cubicles with computers & phones. Also access to company databases, and a copier.
Center hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm. Saturdays 9am–1pm. 

Lisle Job Club
The meetings are on Wednesdays from 9:30AM-11:00AM and AGAIN 11:30AM-1:00PM at the Naperville Community Career Center at 1815 Diehl Rd. Suite 100 in Naperville. Also, meetings on the last Friday of each month from 10:00AM-12 noon at Lisle Library Downstairs conference room. There is also a "spouse support" group that meets at Indian Prairie Library from 6:30PM-8:00PM on the 1st Thursday of the month. 

SpIN (Specific Industry Networking) Group
Another group associated with the Lisle Township Job Club, meets on most Thursdays (see website for dates) from 10:00AM - 12 noon facilitated by Jody Eriksen, Certified Professional Coach. The meetings are by a job search discussion topic from 1:00PM-3:00PM.

All of these meetings are facilitated by Joy Maguire-Dooley of Lisle Township. Resume workshop at Woodridge Library 3 Plaza Dr. Woodridge, IL 60517 630-968-2087 http://www.woodridgelibrary.org meetings on Mondays from 10:00AM-12:30PM. For more information:http://www.lisletownship.com/Job_Club.html

Our Savior’s Celebration Community Life Center
919 S. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Tom Schneider 630-357-2008 (TJSchndr@aol.com)
Meetings are on Saturdays from 8am-11am fro an 8-week session with job search workshops followed by networking.
St Joseph the Worker Suppport Ministry, for the past 21 years, St Joseph the Worker Employment Support Ministry has been dedicated to helping the unemployed, the underemployed and the networking employed. All of the meetings begin at 7PM. The group meets in two different locations in the Western suburbs...

St Margaret Mary 1450 Green Trails Drive, Naperville
Southminister Presbyterian Church 680 S Park, Glen Ellyn

Check out the "St Joseph the Worker" web site for more details.

St. Joseph the Worker Employment Ministry
P.O. Box 2488, Glen Ellyn, IL 60138-2488

Crossroads Community Christian Church
(630) 428-1056
Meetings are heald at Eola Community Center
555 S. Eola Rd,
Aurora, IL 60504
Coordinator George Carson 630-675-4509 (GeorCarson@aol.com)
Dave Carl - Ministry head
Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7pm-9pm.

St. Raphael Catholic Church
1215 Modaff Rd.
(2 blocks N. of 75th St.)
Naperville, IL 60540-7818
The Group meets on the 4th Saturday of each month from 9am-12NOON. there is a monthly presentation followed by networking.

Alleluia! Lutheran Church
4055 S. Book Road
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 904-3311
The meetings ar eheld on the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:45PM-9PM. Join their LinkedIn & Yahoo groups to confirm. 

A community-sponsored platform connecting the Chicagoland jobseekers with news, resources and networking events, including their own monthly downtown Chicago happy-hour events.

”Job Talk”
A weekly radio show on WJJG-1530AM that occurs from 4-5PM on Thursdays.
Hosted by - Conor Cuneen - Joy MaGuire-Dooley - Falise Platt - Paul Cameron
There is streaming audio available at Paul Cameron's website:

St. Mary’s Immaculate Parish Employment Ministry
15629 S. IL Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815)436-2651 ext 815 (EmploymentMinistry@smip.org)
The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7PM-9PM
Participants are added to a Yahoo group automatically following attending the 1st session

HOPE Employment Support
The meetings are held in different locations...
The first Tuesday of every month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish Center at 167th and 94th Ave in Orland Hills
The second Thursday of each month at St. Patricks Church at 200 E. Illinois in Lemont.
The third Thursday of every month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Our Lady of the Woods Parish located at 10731 W. 131st St. in Orland Park.

Search for the HOPE Employment Support Ministry under Groups, or call Steve Sitzberger at (708)712-2837, or email him at stevesitzberger@hotmail.com

American Marketing Association
The fee costs are $400 per year to belong. You can attend local monthly “meetup” events (downtown Chicago) for $8 each by going to the website. You can also participate in complimentary webinars at http://www.marketingpower.com/_layouts/Reference/Webcast.aspx

Executive Status Network
A group of mid to senior level managers (not really executives) who meet from 7-9PM on the 1st Monday of the month at Benedictine University in Lisle. Attending a meeting is the only way to (automatically) add you to their Yahoo group.

A networking group that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 11:30AM-1:30PM for a networking luncheon at the Weber Grill at 539 N. State St. Chicago. There are also 6 other BNC groups, including BNC_Chicago After Hours a networking group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6PM-9PM at rotating locations downtown visit the website at www.BNChicago.org for a calendar of events.

Marketing & Sales Professionals (“MSG”)
Coordinator Lisa Blair (708)301-8048
A networking group that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12:30-3:30 at the Indian Prairie (Darien) Library (times alternate between 12-1:30PM & 6:30-8:00PM) See their LinkedIn group. INFORMATION SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY USER

Trinity Lutheran Church
1101 Kimberly Way
Lisle, IL 60532
Coordinator - Craig Mattes (630)390-3512 (CraigMattes@TrinityLisle.org)
A Career Connections group that meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Gray Hair Management
An organization that provides professional coaching to senior managers and executives using unique techniques, job leads and networking opportunities. The group meets on the 2nd Thursday at 7:00AM at the Union League Club in Chicago and on the 3rd Wednesday 6:30PM at the Holiday Inn in Oakbrook and on the 4th Wednesday at 7:00AM at the Mission Hills Country Club in Northbrook.

St. Hubert Job Ministry
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7:00PM-9:15PM. Note: On the 2nd Monday of each month, new jobseekers can come an hour early to learn about networking and handbills. 
Meetings are held at 729 Grand Canyon Street Hoffman Estates, IL 60169.

Holy Cross Career Renewal Ministry
Holy Cross Church 724 Elder Lane
Deerfield, IL 60015
meets the 3rd Sunday of every OTHER month 10:15AM-12:00noon for career mentoring

Chicago After Work
A group of area professionals that meet in downtown Chicago every 2-3 weeks for socializing and networking. 

University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business
Thee Booth Graduate School has nine "Roundtable" meetings that occur periodically to exchange ideas with  recognized business leaders. To subscribe to the notifications of any of the 9 groups go to the website. 

Community United Methodist Church Job Club
20 N. Center Street - Room 308
Naperville IL 60540
Contact - Larry Kahler (630)606-0962 (larryMKahler@comcast.net)
This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays (changing to 2nd & 4th effective 5-27-10) at 7pm. 

Plainfield Job Club
15025 South Illinois St.
Plainfield IL 60544
Contact - Louise Svelha The Reference Librarian (815)436-6639 (Reference@Plainfield.Lib.IL.US)
The group meets on the 3rd Thursdays of the month from 10:00AM-11:30AM at Plainfield Public Library, check website first. 

PATH Group of Compass Church
1551 Hobson Rd Naperville
Contact - Mark Sutkowski (630)961-2728 (MSutkowski1@comcast.net)
Contact - Mayer Smith (630)898-0716 (Mayer.l.Smith@gmail.com)
The meetings are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm. 

Community Christian Church Naperville is starting a new transition group July 6th [2010]
1635 Emerson Lane (The Naperville “Yellow Box” is located at the corner of Ogden and Rickert)
 Naperville, IL 60540
For details go to the website...

“What’s that Noise?” - LinkedIn Training
Are you new to LinkedIn? If yet not on LinkedIn, then you should be!
Larry New and Dave Rahn host job search and LinkedIn training sessions. Join our LinkedIn group called  “What’s that Noise?
(you need to attend one of the sessions to learn the significance of the name!)