Volunteer needs include:
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 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 one 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.
Career Fair Assistants – For each job fair, several volunteers are needed to help with registration and other administrative tasks, such as answering participants’ questions and directing them to specific employers.
Teaching Workshops – Workshop presenters will be selected based on their professional experience and their comfort level leading small group presentations. Topics will be determined based on the presenter’s skills, background, and the current needs of clients. Before teaching a class, volunteers must 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.
WorkAble, a partnership between North Hills Community Outreach, South Hills Interfaith Movement and Jewish Family & Community Services, is made possible with funding from the United Way of Southwestern PA.
WorkAble volunteer career mentors do not provide job placement. It is up to the individual to find employment.