Want to volunteer and make a difference in someone's career search? WorkAble has the following opportunities available:
Employment mentors – Will share their knowledge and experience to help eligible Job Seekers build positive career development skills and move toward self-sufficiency. Mentors will collaborate with professional Career Consultants to help individuals develop the skills and resources necessary to secure gainful employment. Mentors may review resumes and cover letters, and assist with interview preparation. Mentors may meet one-on-one with Job Seekers to encourage empowerment, good habits, and to provide accountability. Mentoring duties may be ongoing or for a specific task, as defined and recommended by each client’s assigned Career Consultant.
On-site mentoring – Career Consultants typically work during business hours. Mentors are needed to staff agency offices during evenings and weekends, to assist Job Seekers who are not available on weekdays because of work or family obligations. Mentors are encouraged to attend multiple workshops and events to train for these roles.
Career Fair Assistants – For each job fair, 2-3 volunteers are needed to help with registration and other administrative tasks, such as answering participants’ questions and directing them to specific employers.
Teaching classes/running workshops – Topics may include how to use social media, how to search for jobs, the art of networking, and how to prepare for interviews. Class leaders will be selected based on their professional experience and their comfort level leading small group presentations. Before teaching a class, volunteers are encouraged to attend several workshops and undergo training to become a facilitator.
Guest speakers – Volunteers with extensive experience in a particular field, and those who have held executive roles may be invited to speak about their industry, its trends, and the job opportunities that are currently available. Ideal for those with extensive public speaking experience.
Resumes – Many WorkAble Job Seekers need to improve their resumes. Often Career Consultants offer specific editing suggestions. Volunteers are needed to help clients apply those changes and ensure that resumes are free of typos and laid out according to the formats preferred by employers. Ideal for volunteers with strong editing and computer skills. Volunteers are asked to participate in the Magnetic Resumes workshop prior to volunteering in this capacity.
Informational meetings – Job Seekers who are contemplating a career shift to a new company or industry may seek input from someone experienced in the field. Volunteers would be asked to make themselves available for a half-hour face-to-face or phone meeting to provide general information about a company or industry, including education and skills required and insights about how the Job Seeker should present him/herself in resumes, cover letters and interviews. The volunteer would be under no obligation to provide a reference for the client. Ideal for volunteers with broad knowledge of a company or industry, especially those who have, or had, management-level positions.
Mock interviews – Volunteers will play the role of a potential employer in an interview, asking questions to help Job Seekers become comfortable with the interview process, polish their presentation and anticipate questions from interviewers. Mock interview sessions would last between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Ideal for volunteers with experience in human resources or supervisory/hiring roles. Volunteers are asked to participate in the Advanced Interviewing workshop prior to volunteering in this capacity.
Computer assistance – Job Seekers who have been out of the work force for some time may have weak computer skills and need one-on-one help to fill out online applications and use basic computer applications, such as Word and Excel. Ideal for technically skilled volunteers, especially those with teaching experience.
Accompanying job seekers – Networking events, in particular, are unfamiliar experiences for many job seekers, who need guidance about how to navigate and present themselves. Great for volunteers who are comfortable in networking situations.