Each week, Greg Nord sits at the head of a long table where he conducts a two-hour session with the Job Club of the Verdugo Jobs Center. The club offers a space for people applying for jobs to collaborate as each person discusses their experiences, advice and setbacks in looking for work.
Nord, who moderates the discussion each week, began a recent session by telling everyone his familiarity with the job search.
"As you know, looking for work is a full-time job, and it's a depressing full-time job," he said.
Seven years ago, Nord left his job with a government agency to care for his ailing mother out of state. Upon returning to California, he expressed difficulty finding work until joining a group at a WorkSource Center in West Los Angeles.
"Knowing I had to speak in front of people and let them know how my job search was going, it made me accountable. It motivated me during the week so I would have something to talk about," he said.