VOLUNTEER 

We are always in need of and appreciate dedicated and committed volunteers to help us fulfill our mission, even if you have just a few hours a month to help us. 

 

Click here to download our Volunteer Application. You may also send in your resume and a letter of interest info@jobstart.org.

If you are interested in volunteering at JobStart, please consider one of the following positions: Mentor, Guest Speaker, Mock Interviewer, and Computer Tutor. If you think you can assist JobStart outside of these positions, please email us to discuss further. 


Mentor 

What does a Mentor do?

A Mentor can help a JobStart client by providing information about their job; advice on entry requirements for licensing, current skill demand and job leads. Being a supportive coach can increase the chances of success in finding work as clients research companies and prepare for interviews. Mentors are carefully matched with JobStart clients who have been identified as being able to benefit from a mentoring relationship. Both mentors and the protégé will receive training and support from agency staff throughout the mentoring term.

How much time does it take?

The time is minimal the rewards are incredible!! A mentor offers about 4-6 hours per month for up to 4 months. Contact can be by phone and email, but at least 2 hours/month should be a meeting at the mentor’s workplace.

What do I have to do?

  • Offer support and guidance to someone who is ready willing and able to work

  • Stay in regular contact with your protégé by telephone, emails and one-on-one visits

  • Share information with your protégé in areas such as skills identification…skills upgrading…accessing information…potential employers … professional and industry associations

  • Support and encourage protégé in his/her efforts to find employment in their chosen field

Sounds interesting, but how do I know if I can do this? 

You can if you are:

  • A good communicator

  • Comfortable interacting with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds

  • Interested in the work of the agency and furthering the mission

  • Understand the importance of networking; enjoy sharing knowledge and contacts

 

Why should I be a Mentor?

As a Mentor you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop coaching and leadership skills applicable to other work settings

  • Keep aware of job market and industry trends

  • Know that you have helped someone in your chosen field

  • Find candidates for your workplace

 

 

Guest Speaker

What does a Guest Speaker do?

Guest speakers enrich employment and training services by providing clients with a taste of the real world. By presenting information on their profession and workplace experience, requirements for licensing and credentials and trends in their industry, they give clients a window on businesses they may seek to enter. Fielding questions from the group encourages clients to apply the new knowledge to their individual situation and keep their job objective realistic.

How much time does it take?

It depends on how much time you can donate. Presentations vary by program, but are normally 2 –3 hours in length. You might come only once or you may speak more often - the choice is yours.

What do I have to do?

  • Present current labour market information and information about specific professions

  • Discuss current trends in hiring, what’s hot and what’s not

  • Advise workshop groups on effective, and ineffective, self-marketing steps

  • Offer “Do’s and Don’ts” in the world of work

 

Sounds interesting but how do I know if I can do this?

You can if you are:

  • Confident sharing information and helping workers get the right kind of job

  • Comfortable presenting to groups of 20-25 and fielding questions

  • A good communicator

  • Current with one’s own profession and industry

 

Why should I be a Guest Speaker?

As a Guest Speaker you will:

  • Refine your speaking and presentation skills

  • Would like to give back to your community

 

 

Mock Interviewer

What does a mock interviewer do?

Mock interviewers work in pairs, asking clients a range of questions used in typical hiring interviews. Interviews are videotaped giving clients a chance to practice their new knowledge in a structured setting. Clients get written feedback then review the tape to see how they performed giving them a chance to improve and see how other approaches may work with employers.

How much time does it take?

An initial orientation prepares volunteers both for the clients they will be interviewing and the interview approach JobStart recommends. Depending on the JobStart program, interviews are scheduled in 3-hour time blocks over several days every 3 or 8 weeks.

 

What do I have to do?

  • Participate in a one-hour orientation session to learn the model and instruction on videotaping

  • Review individual client resumes and sample job clipping in preparation for each interview

  • Conduct a 20-minute interview and complete a 10-minute feedback form for each client

  • Be prepared to provide workshop facilitator and/or counsellor with verbal feedback as needed.

 

Sounds interesting but how do I know if I can do this?

You can if you are:

  • Familiar with current personnel practices, especially interviewing

  • Comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting with a diverse client group

  • Confident with basic videotape technology, with staff support always available

  • Have good time management and interpersonal skills.

 

Why should I be a Mock Interviewer?

As a Mock Interviewer you will:

  • Refine and improve your interview skills using a behaviour-based approach

  • Increase your awareness of a diverse workforce

  • Keep current with industry and profession trends and challenges

 

 

Computer Tutor

 

What does a computer tutor do?

A computer tutor can help a JobStart client by assisting them in the computer lab with their computer literacy and skill development. Computer Tutors assist clients with keyboarding, MS Word, E-mail and Internet use.

How much time does it take?

The time commitment is flexible and can range from 2-3 hours per week to 30 hours per month for up to 4 months.

What do I have to do?

  • Offer support and assistance to youth and adults in the computer lab, helping them with basic computer literacy skills.

  • Assist clients with word processing their resumes and cover letters if they lack keyboarding skills.

 

Sounds interesting but how do I know if I can do this?

You can if you are:

  • Familiar with MS Word, E-mail and Internet use

  • Comfortable interacting with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds

  • Interested in the work of the Agency and furthering the mission

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October 18, 2019

Hiring Event for Security Guards at JobStart 2930 Lake Shore Blvd. West on Wednesday November 6th, 2019 from 9:30am to 12noon

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October 01, 2019

The TRIEC Mentoring Partnership had a strong showing at our Annual General Meeting on September 18! All the mentors and mentees who attended received a certificate of appreciation and four of them were kind enough to share their success stories on stage. JobStart extends our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful mentoring participants and our awesome mentoring coach, Kathleen Leon, for successfully facilitating the discussion!

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September 30, 2019

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To Register, please contact Holly Best
416-231-2295 x 6253.

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September 12, 2019

​JobStart is excited to announce the sixth cohort of our employment program for older adults, starting on September 25! This weekly six-day workshop/networking series will focus on a wide variety of job-related topics: understanding the job-application process, starting a new career, dealing with potential interview challenges, and much more! If you are 50-70 years old and unemployed, contact us to register for this exciting and worthwhile job-readiness program catered specifically to older adults: Artan Mustafaa.mustafa@jobstart.org | 416-231-2295 x5727.

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