What is the Southlake Focus Group all about?
The Southlake Focus Group is an independent, nondenominational networking group for professionals in career transition. Southlake Focus Group exists to support all job seekers during their job search at no charge. We practice H.O.P.E. (Helping One Person Everyday) by providing encouragement, motivation, tools, and resources to get you back into the workforce as fast as possible.
Who should attend the Southlake Focus Group?
We are a professional career transition-based networking group that is open to all job titles and job functions, including C suite, mid-management, first-level managers, and recent college graduates. Our members come from all across the DFW area, including Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties. Each week you will have the opportunity to interact and network with people from a broad cross-section of how a company is organized. In fact, given available funding, a new company could be started with the skill set and talent present in our weekly meetings.
When does the Southlake Focus Group meet?
We meet every Thursday morning at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas. We encourage people to arrive around 7:30 AM to get settled in, grab a cup of coffee and start informal networking before the Opening Session begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Our structured meeting wraps up at 10:30 AM and a rotating schedule of special guest speakers and workshops begin at 10:45 AM and end before Noon.
Where does the Southlake Focus Group meet?
We meet at White's Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 185 S White Chapel Blvd, Southlake, TX 76092. White's Chapel graciously provides outstanding facilities and excellent support in helping us aid those in career transition.
Where do I park and where do I go once I arrive?
Please park in the East Parking Lot and enter the building through the large "Welcome" entrance. We meet in Evans Hall on your right once inside. Parking and On-site directions are available by clicking here.
I have never visited the Southlake Focus Group before, what do I need to do?
There is no need to register or sign up prior to attending your first time, just arrive around 7:30 AM so our helpful volunteers can walk you through all that we offer.
What should I wear to the meeting?
We encourage our members to remember they are always on an interview while in job search and as such, should act and dress accordingly. We consider our sessions business meetings, and job openings are often presented by recruiters, HR executives, and company representatives in person. It is very likely that you will have the opportunity to meet with them one on one, so come dressed for success!
What should I bring to the meeting?
A smile and a helpful attitude are always welcome and business cards with your contact information are important. Business cards can be inexpensively bought on-line or through local office supplies stores. A portfolio or similar note pad item is very helpful in capturing important information.
How much does the Southlake Focus Group charge for the services you provide to those in career transition?
Zero. Nada. Nil. While we do not charge for our services, the value we offer to our members is very high. We offer an abundance of career transition/job search info, comprehensive orientation sessions, job opportunities, career transition tips and training, and of course, networking. The strength of the value we offer is seen in the continuing ongoing support that our Alumni contribute towards our mission.
How do you announce job openings/career opportunities at the Southlake Focus Group?
We welcome individuals/companies/recruiters with job openings and career opportunities to visit us each Thursday. There is no need to register in advance, we have a set time on our meeting agenda for you to provide a brief overview of the opening and if you like, meet one on one with prospective candidates. If you are a job announcer, please make sure to check in with our Announcement Table up front upon arrival to ensure you meet our guidelines. We also have member restricted access to our private Google Group for posting job details. We do not post or announce Multi-Level Marketing and 100% Commission roles.
What is the agenda for Southlake Focus Group meetings?
We encourage people to arrive around 7:30 AM to get settled in and begin informal networking. Our Opening Session begins promptly at 8:00 AM with prayer, we then flow into general announcements, then good news from those who have landed a new role, followed with current job openings and requests for insight/contacts at target companies, all in an encouraging and supportive environment. First-time guests attend a comprehensive orientation session called SFG Job Search Jumpstart, which provides a wealth of information regarding their next steps. The heart of our group is networking and after our Opening Session, we offer smaller breakout rooms for you to become more comfortable in presenting your value and skills while providing help to others and seeking help in landing your next role. When the formal networking sessions end at 10:30 AM, we offer a series of rotating sessions designed specifically for those in career transition.
This group is awesome, how do I join?
- Be an active job seeker
- Attend Job Search Jumpstart
- Complete Survey Monkey questionnaire
- Share or get a Google Gmail account (for SFG Google Group and Files access)
- Attend at least 2 Networking Sessions in addition to Job Search Jumpstart within 6 weeks
- Accept Invite to join SFG Google Group via the Gmail address previously provided
- You're in!