Job Seeking Groups

Almost any day of the week you can find a group, in the triangle, meeting to help people in their job search. All of the meetings listed below are free of charge.  Many are hosted by area houses of worship, and may include a short, “inspirational” message as part of their program. Some do, some do not, your mileage may vary.  You do not have to be a member of the host church or even affiliated with that particular denomination or religion.

Monday
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Group name: Colonial Baptist Church, Jobseekers Ministry
Moderator/Facilitator: Colonial Baptist Church, Jobseekers Ministry
Host location: Colonial Baptist Church, Tryon Road and Holly Springs Road in Cary.
Meets: Most Mondays – except holidays and Church events (check website)
Time: 8:30 to 11:00 AM (doors open 8am)
Format/Info: General networking; workshops on Linked In, Interviewing, Self-Improvement/Understanding to aid in your job Search; Special Interest break out groups (IT, Finance, HR, Proj Mgmt, etc).
Website: http://www.colonial.org/jobseekers/
Contacts: 233-9100
Paula Bryan – Jobseekers@colonial.org
Stephen Prichett – spritchett@colonial.org

Group name: New Beginnings Job Support Ministry
Moderator/Facilitator: Apex United Methodist Church
Host location: 100 S. Hughes Street, Apex
Meets:- this group no longer meets; one-on-one counseling is available
Contacts:
Jeff Babcock – 362-5255,  jobsupport@apexumc.org.

Group name: St. Raphael’s
Moderator/Facilitator: Tim McGuinnes
Host location: St. Raphael’s Catholic Church,  5801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh
Meets: 1st Monday of each month, 7:30pm
Contacts:
Tim McGuiness -  tsmcguiness@gmail.com,

Tuesday

Group name: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
Moderator/Facilitator: St. Michael’s Career Transition Ministry
Host location: 804 High House Road (between Maynard and Cary Pkwy), Cary Archangel Centre Conf Rm V, Quantity: 1
Archangel Centre Gallery
Meets: Tuesday mornings weekly
Time: 7:30 AM – 9:15AM
Format/Info: Introductions (30 Second Infomercial), Individual “Go-Rounds” to share, What went well over the past week, Where people encountered difficulties, News concerning companies hiring in the area, Upcoming networking events and job fairs, Educational topic when available (often a guest speaker).
Contact:
Bill Taylor careertransition@ministry.stmichaelcary.org 919-468-6100
Website: http://www.acswebnetworks.com/stmichaelcary/parishministries/article155834.htm

Group name: Crossroads Church Career Connections
Moderator/Facilitator: Crossroads Church
Host location: 2721 E Millbrook Road, Raleigh, Room 751, north side of the building
Meets: weekly on Tuesday; an additional meeting is on the last Tuesday night of the month where there is a speaker
Time: 8:00am – 10:00am
Format/Info: Learning, sharing and receiving prayer and support while seeking employment.   A speaker at a night meeting on the last Tuesday of the month, in addition to the weekly morning Tuesday meetings.
Contact:
Karen Zinser veezin@bellsouth.net
Website: http://www.crossroads.org/careerconnections

Group name: Career Transition Support Group
Moderator/Facilitator: White Memorial Presbyterian Church
Host location: 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, Room C301, 2nd floor
Meets: Tuesday mornings weekly
Time: 9:00am – 11am
Format/Info: Instruction & Networking http://www.whitememorial.org/CongregationalCare_Services.html#CareerTransition
Contacts:
Bob Gates 919-858-7013, gate7013@bellsouth.net
Al Rankin 919-870-0350, al@rarankin.com
John White 919.327.0305, ctsg_moderator@yahoo.com

Group name: BUMS
Moderator/Facilitator: I think the beer and wings help facilitate
Host location: Woody’s Sports Bar, 8322 Chapel Hill Road, Cary
Meets: Tuesday’s
Time: 2pm
Format/Info: networking, http://www.thebums.org
Contacts:
Bill Gasciogne wgascoigne@yahoo.com

Group name: TNG – Triangle Networking Group
Cost: Free
Moderator/Facilitator: TNG
Host location:
Meets: 2nd Tuesday Evening, even numbered months
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Format/Info: Dress is business casual; bring business cards and a few resumes. For information and to get on e-mailing list, send e-mail with your contact info to tng_rsvp@yahoo.com or visit the website at: http://www.trianglenetworkinggroup.com

Wednesday

Group name: Career Transformations
Moderator/Facilitator: CareerNet
Host location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7506 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh
Meets: Weekly on Wednesday in Fellowship Hall
Time: 7:30am – 9am
Format/Info: The mission of Career Transformations is to provide Christian based support, encouragement and networking opportunities for people in our congregation and community who are in career transition or seeking career change. Professional Meetings consist of a Devotion, Candidates’ Spotlight, Speakers on Relevant Topics, Networking, and Job Leads.
Website: http://sapc.ryark.com
Contact:
Church Receptionist, 847-1913,

Group name: St. Francis of Assisi – Job Connections Ministry
Moderator/Facilitator: St. Francis of Assisi – Job Connections Ministry
Host location: St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, Founders Room, Anthony Hall
Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesday mornings
Time: 8:30am – 10:30am
Format/Info: Sharpen job-seeking skills.
Contacts:
Fr. Julian Jagudilla julian.jagudilla@stfrancisraleigh.org 919-847-8205 ext. 241
Bill Clark wtpclark@yahoo.com 919-528-4473
Ed Miskovic emiskovic@nc.rr.com 919-841-0246
Tommy Dalton tedalton@bellsouth.net 919-719-6500
Website: http://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/job_connections

Group name: Binkley Baptist Church Job Seekers Networking Support Group
Moderator/Facilitator: self moderated
Host location: Binkley Baptist, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, NC off 15-501 between Elliott and Estes roads.
Meets: weekly on Wednesdays in Church Library.
Time: 9:30 am – 11am
Format/Info: Informal Discussion to energize, creative ideas, and develop networking.
Contact:
Cynthia Greene greenecynthia@yahoo.com 919-401-9503

Thursday

Group name: TAFU (To Avoid Future Unemployment)
Moderator/Facilitator: varies weekly
Host location: Carolina Bakery and Café, 137 Weston Parkway, Cary
Meets: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
Time: 7:30am – 9am
Format/Info: For professional managers; have your elevator speech ready. Meetings begin promptly. Dress is business casual. Formal meetings usually about an hour, followed by general networking.

Group name: Hope Community Church, Job Seekers
Moderator/Facilitator: Hope Community Church
Host location: 821Buck Jones Road, Raleigh Near I-40/440 Beltline and 1/64 in The Gathering Place
Meets: 2nd and 4th Thursdays
Time: 8:15am – 10:00am
Format/Info: Provide networking and job lead generation.
Contact:
Kathleen Hobart hobartk1@yahoo.com 919-604-7531
Website: http://hopejobseekers.com/ Telephone: 919-532-0620.

Group name: St. Andrews the Apostle Career Transition Group
Moderator/Facilitator: St. Andrews the Apostle
Host location: 3008 Old Raleigh Rd , Apex, Room 212 at the Parish CARE Center
Meets: 2nd and 4th Thursday
Time: 9:00am – 10am
Format/Info:
Contact:
Paul Dean careertransition@saintandrew.org

Group name: Kirk Job Seekers
Moderator/Facilitator: Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church
Host location: 200 High Meadow Drive , Cary
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Meets: 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Format/Info: Networking – Job development skills
Contact:
Dewey Cassell – 919-280-2585
Website: http://www.kirkofkildaire.org/joomla15/kirk-job-seekers-connectsubmenu-367

Group name: Professional Placement Network
Moderator/Facilitator: Professional Placement Network, Sontina Greene
Host location: Announced monthly, often Durham County Library
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month
Format/Info: Networking – Job development skills
Contact:
Sontina Greene sontina.greene@durhamnc.gov, (919) 560-4965.
Website: http://www.durhamnc.gov/news/NewsDisplay.cfm?vNewsID=2136

Friday

Saturday

Group name: Jobs Network of St. Thomas More
Moderator/Facilitator: Mike Komives, mike@mikekomives.com
Host location: St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Near the intersection of 15/501 & 54 (Fordham Blvd.) & Mason Farm Road. Youth House – “A” frame structure.
Meets: 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
Time: 8:30am up to Noon
Format/Info: People seeking jobs or new careers get together, give a short elevator speech, exchange contacts, provide leads and offer suggestions. Guest presenters on topics of interest: Interviewing, Networking, Resumes, Cover Letters and more. Group links on Yahoo and LinkedIn.

Other

Group name: ProNet Raleigh
Moderator/Facilitator: EDSI
Host location: Alternate months meets at University of Phoenix, other months TBD
Meets: Monthly, date and location to be determined
Time: 9am to 11am
Format/Info: Job Search Strategies, Job Hunting information
Contact:
Darrell Kain, Patrick Buford, (919)878-0929
Website: http://edsitriangle.com
LnkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3236434

Group name: NC BioTech Network
Moderator/Facilitator: Deborah M Thompson, PhD
Host location: North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Meets: 4th Monday of each month
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Format/Info: Job Search Strategies, Job Hunting information
Contact:
Deborah M Thompson, PhD, Science and Technology Development Program Analyst
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
919-549-8809 | deborah_thompson@ncbiotech.org

Updated 2/7/13

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2 comments

  1. I am seeking support groups in the Johnston County area. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
    sincere thanks for your time and consideration.
    Gail

  2. This is such a helpful posting and I’m sharing it with the people I know who are looking for jobs, or options, or just a little support while they search for a life-line. Thank you for curating this list. With regards- MJ Clark

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