Pathways to Sustainable Employment program volunteers support the Employment Specialist in clinics and classes by assisting clients to build/customize their resume and cover letter, research and apply for employment, create an email address, or other tasks needed to help client gain employment as identified by the Employment Specialist. Four to five volunteers are needed at each clinic which are held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1-4 P.M.
- 25-year-old minimum age limit;
- Prior experience teaching or mentoring adults;
- Genuine interest and patience for working with adults;
- Interested in learning WinWay Resume software to assist clients;
- Committed to working on the date and time agreed to with the Employment Specialist;
- Available on an on-going basis throughout the stated timeframe during the days and times mentioned above; and
- Satisfactory completion of Criminal History and Child Protective Services background checks.
Some volunteers become Career Mentors who provide employment support to an assigned mentee once the mentee has completed skills-based training and is ready to seek employment. The mentor helps the assigned mentee research and apply for employment, participate in mock interviews, discuss employment decisions, and other tasks needed to help mentee obtain and maintain employment, including discussing relationship and communication issues that the mentee may experience in their job. Mentors with complimentary employment backgrounds/interests, especially in the IT and/or Healthcare sectors are desirable, but not required. It is recommended mentors meet with mentees at least once a week until the mentee has found work and then once a month thereafter depending on need.
Expertise needed (in addition to the above):
- Committed to maintaining regular contact with the Employment Specialist and the mentee;
- Available on an ongoing basis throughout the stated timeframe during the days and times agreed to with mentee.