Unique and effective employment resources.

These help sustain careers & find talent!

Weekly Work Search Roundtables: team-focused help to you find work and stay employable!



These sessions make them the longest, continuously meeting job clubs and support groups in West Michigan–-900+ sessions–-at two locations on different days of the week.  The sessions are open to the public and provide ongoing networking, support, group problem solving, and coaching for individuals during periods of work search and career transition. 

Several TV and radio stations as well as The Grand Rapids Press reported on these weekly events during the past decade, including WOOD-TV 8.  Since the fall of 2001 these events have met weekly for two hours at local sites in metro Grand Rapids. 


A third weekly event, at Spring Arbor University's Grand Rapids learning site on Tuesdays, merged with the Thursday one (see below) in April 2014 to relocate it to downtown Grand Rapids at Westminster Presbyterian Church, giving more people easier access to the event throughout the West Michigan region.  The Wednesday event at St. Robert of Newminster in Ada have been meeting every other week since the fall of 2010.


Those who participate in Roundtables and the NetWork 2 NetWork events can also join the LinkedIn group, NetWork 2 NewWork (NW2NW).

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=> MONDAY every week, 9:00-11:00 am, at EaRN Affiliate Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Grand Rapids, 47 Jefferson SE (except major holidays on Mondays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas week, and when New Year’s is celebrated on a Monday).  For more information, contact Westminster, (616) 456-1456, or email beckyw (a) Their website is


=> WEDNESDAY every other week, 9:30-11:30 am EaRN Affiliate St Robert of Newminster Parish, 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, Michigan.  The meeting is in the Parish Adult Lounge. See their site or call them,, (616) 676-nine111 for more information, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (616) 446-one873 (c), weitzelwj (at)  Dates we meet in 2016: Jan 6, 20; Feb 3, 17; Mar 2, 16, 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 22 (Tuesday); Dec 7, 21.

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Other resources include:

Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341 (east off Northland Drive) provides one-on-one coaching and counsel (by appointment)  for those in work search transition. More information is available at their website,, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Jeff Geshel, (616) 866-three556, jeff (at)

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The EaRN ministry continues to focus on “helping people find work and stay employable”, and look for churches, interested individuals, and non-profits interested in learning how to develop, launch and facilitate EaRN ministry which could include a Work Search Roundtable.  More information about EaRN can be found at, or contact Ken (6 1 6) 5 2 8 - 0 4 4 3, ksoper (at)

NetWork 2 NewWork Mid-Summer Cookout - "Finding Talent, Finding Work: What HR Professionals Tell Us Always Works"



“Finding Talent, Finding Work:

What HR Professionals Tell Us Always Works”


Annual Mid-Summer Cookout, Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Whether you’re trying to find work or looking for the talent your organization’s needs, figuring out how to be both efficient and effective is crucial.  Technology can help, but is it the answer?


Costs, competition, and profitability pressures on organizations require that as important as talent is, one can’t “bust the budget” with endless resources or take inordinate time to train.  So, what are recruiting professionals to do, and what are those seeking work to do to connect with those seeking their talent?


Join us to enjoy a summer cookout and interact with our panel of HR professionals to learn their perspective, get insight, and find real solutions to talent acquisition that consistently find talent, and for those in or considering a transtion find work in our challenging times of alleged skills gaps, reduced training, and a changing post-secondary education and training industry.


Complete information, including how to RSVP, at

NetWork 2 NewWork, May 25th - "Emotional Intelligence: the 'hard' softskill for career success"


Brain and heart

“Emotional Intelligence:

the required ‘hard’ softskill for career success”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Emotional Intelligence: why do some people have it in abundance, and others don't? In a changing workplace and labor market, having IQ isn't enough--you need EQ even more so.

Come join us this Wednesday evening, May 25th, for the NW2NW event to learn about the elements of EQ, Emotional Intelligence, and how you can go about developing it more to improve your daily interactions and success in the workplace, and how healthy EQ can help sustain your career and life goals. Lorraine Medici, a certified EQ trainer, will share with us what she’s learned and advises from her work with EQ coaching and training.

We gather for NetWork 2 NewWork on Wednesday, May 25th, 5:00-8:00 pm, at Express Employment Professionals' new office, 1760 - 44th St SW, in Chateau Centre Shopping Plaza. Sign in any time 5-6 pm with networking and refreshments, Lorraine's presentation 6-7 pm, and further networking 7-8 pm. Afterwards, fans of craft brews can continue their networking next door at the brand new Kitzingen Brewery.