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Chicago Area Job Search Groups

The following resources are only a fraction of the available job search resources in the Chicago area. These groups provide support and expertise in assisting the job seeker with resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, and job leads. While some have a cost associated with membership in their group, most are free or very low cost. Many meet at or are sponsored by a church, but all job seekers are welcome. Often a contact with the groups listed below (or their websites) will lead you to other groups that are geographically convenient to you.

There are four well-established centers in this area that are great starting points for job search assistance:

Remember that a successful search begins with a solid career assessment - so you can confidently identify potential jobs or career directions that are a good fit with your abilities, interests, personality and values. This is what Career Vision does best. However, if you know what kind of job and work environment you are looking for, then we are pleased to offer this list and wish you success in your job search!

Job Search Groups - Multiple locations in the Chicago Area

Illinois Department of Employment Security Offices and workNet Centers
1-(888)-FOR-IETC (367-4382)

Jewish Vocational Service
216 West Jackson Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 673-3400

Work Ministry:
Has listings of groups in a variety of states

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Job Search Groups - Cook County

CareerPlace (formerly Barrington Career Center)
600 Hart Road, Suite 275
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 304-4157

Business Network Chicago
Chicago, IL

Career Transitions Center
703 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 906-9908

Executive Network Group of Greater Chicago, Inc.
2859 Central Suite 212
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 622-4425

Grace Lutheran Church
Job Support Group
7300 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 366-6900

Gray Hair Management, L.L.C
1181 Lake Cook Road Suite G
Northbrook, IL 60015
(847) 940-2800

Harper College
Career Stimulus Program
650 E. Higgins Ste. 15S
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 925-6439

Holy Family Catholic Church
Job Support Group
2515 W. Palatine Road
Inverness, IL 60067
(847) 359-0042

Skokie Public Library
Job and Career Support Group
5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, Il 60077
(847) 324-3176
Contact: Mike Buhmann

St. Elizabeth Seton Church
Hope Employment Support Ministry
9300 167th Street
Orland Hills, IL 60477
(708) 403-0101

St. Hubert Parish
Jobs & Networking Ministry
Parish Ministry Center
729 Grand Canyon Street
Hoffman Estates, IL 60194
(847) 885-7700

St. John of the Cross Parish
Career Network
5005 S. Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4404

Unity Temple
Monday Momentum
875 W. Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
Contact: Diane Wilson, (312) 925-5178

University of Illinois Alumni Career Center
200 S. Wacker Drive, 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 575-7830

Willow Creek Community Church
Careers Ministry
67 E. Algonquin Road
South Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 765-5000

Women Employed
22 West Monroe Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL. 60603
(312) 782-3902

YMCA Alliance of Metropolitan Chicago
11 E. Adams, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 913-2150

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Job Search Groups - DuPage County

Christ Church of Oak Brook
Job Search Seminar
31st Street & York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 654-1882 ext. 344

Community Career Center
1815 W. Diehl, Suite 100
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 961-5665

Crossroads Church
Crossroads Career Network
3017 Lundquist Dr.
Aurora, IL 60503
(630) 585-7777

Lisle Township Job Clubs
Lisle Township Youth and Family Services
4721 Indiana Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-1880 ext. 13

LDS Employment Services
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
1801 N. Mill St. Suite F
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 369-0785

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
Career Transitions Workshop
815 S. Washington
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2522

St. James the Apostle Church
St. Joseph the Worker Employment Ministry
480 S. Park Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-5587

St. Raphael Parish
Networking Group
1215 Modaff Road
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-4545

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Employment Ministry
1500 Brookdale Road
Naperville, IL 60565
(630) 355-8980

Wheaton Bible Church
Career Transition Workshop & Networking Group
27W500 North Ave. West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 260-1600

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Job Search Groups - Lake County

Career Resource Center
40 E. Old Mill Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 295-5626

Holy Cross Catholic Church (& St. Gregory Episcopal Church)
Career Renewal Ministry
724 Elder Lane
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 945-0430

St. Francis de Sales Parish
Employment Ministry
138 S. Buesching
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
(847) 438-6622

St. Joseph Parish
Employment Ministry
121 E. Maple Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 362-2073

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Job Search Groups - Kane County

Elgin Community College
Streamwood Job Club
301 E. Irving Park Road, Room 102
Streamwood, IL 60107
Contact: Kathy Meisinger

Immanuel Lutheran Church
Pay-It-FORWARD Networking Group
200 N. Plum Grove Road, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 359-1549

Tri-City Unemployment Group (TUG)
P.O. Box 3850, St.Charles, IL 60174
St. Charles Public Library
One South Sixth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174

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Job Search Groups - Will County

St. Mary Parish
H.O.P.E. Employment Support Ministry
19515 S. 115th Street
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 326-9300

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Job Search Groups - Rockford

Holy Family Parish
Re-Employment Network
4401 Highcrest Road
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 398-4280

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Job Search Groups - Northwest Indiana

St. Thomas More Parish
Career Networking Alliance
Weis Center: 8635 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321
(219) 836-8610

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Job Search Resources - For Over 50 (for engineers and scientists)

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Employment Resources for Individuals with Special Needs


Illinois Dept. of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services


Donka, Inc.

Fox Valley Project with Industry

Parents Alliance Employment Project

DuPage Center for Independent Living

College or University Resources

If you a college student or graduate, check with your institution's Career Services Center to find out about job search services for which you may be eligible.

Also investigate the Career Services Center of your local community college or City College of Chicago to see what they offer.

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