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

 

Greeter & Special Events Assistant

What does a Greeter & Special Event Assistant do?
 

The Greeter & Special Events Assistant volunteer position will provide support to the agency’s customer service function for visitors and clients.  This position will also provide support to the agency in planning and/or participating in special events.

 

What are my Volunteer Responsibilities?

  • Provide customer service to clients and visitors at the front desk by “greeting” each person individually, and providing basic details of the service options at JobStart

  • Aid visitors with registration for the Resource & Information Centre

  • Assist in scheduling appointments with JobStart staff and/or for Workshops or Information Sessions

  • Support with front desk administrative tasks as required

  • Participate in event planning as well as on site duties for special events

 

As a Greeter & Special Events Assistant you will:
 

  • Develop and/or enhance customer service skills

  • Enhance knowledge of social service environment, community and employment resources available

  • Develop knowledge of and skills in planning and promoting special events

  • Enhance team work, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills

Information Officer Assistant (JobStart's Dufferin or Lake Shore locations)

 

What does an Information Officer Assistant do?
 

The Information Officer Assistant volunteer position will provide support to the agency’s employment programs including the Resource and Information Centre and various workshop & group session activities.

 

What would my Volunteer Responsibilities be?

 

  • Observe and co-facilitate employment preparation group sessions (as appropriate)

  • Prepare material & handouts for workshops and/or program events

  • Assist visitors using equipment, job search tools and resources

  • Providing employment & community resource information to visitors

  • Assist in updating community resource lists for accurate and up to date referral information & Service Coordination needs

  • Supporting visitors in completing forms, feedback surveys and programs documentation

  • Assist in reception and greeting visitors as required

 

What skills will I develop as an Information Officer Assistant?

 

Specific participant skill development goals will include:
 

  • Develop or enhance knowledge of and skill in group facilitation delivering pre-employment support to job seekers

  • Improve communication, organizational, planning and written skills

  • Enhance knowledge of community and employment resources available

  • Develop understanding of statistical and data collection procedures

 

Job Developer Assistant  (JobStart's Dufferin or Lake Shore locations)

What does a Job Developer Assistant do?

The Job Developer volunteer position will provide support to the agency’s employment programs specifically assisting with Job Developer related tasks supporting clients and employers with successful work opportunities.

 

What would my Volunteer Responsibilities be?

 

  • Assist in marketing & outreach activities for agency events

  • Assist in creating, assembling and maintaining client & employer files (copying documents, printing case notes & filing paperwork)

  • Screening calls, responding to inquiries & creating registration lists for agency events

  • Support in the event execution of Hiring Events

  • Assisting in posting & circulating job opportunities across all JobStart locations

  • Assist in completing follow-ups and feedback surveys by contacting clients and/or employers by phone, email or mail

 

Specific participant skill development goals will include:
 

  • Develop or enhance knowledge of and skill in delivering pre-employment support to job seekers & employers

  • Improve communication, organizational, planning and written skills

  • Enhance knowledge of community and employment resources available

Social Media / Marketing Assistant

 

What does a Social Media / Marketing Assistant do?

The Social Media / Marketing Assistant position will provide support to the agency’s social media activity by contributing to and monitoring JobStart’s various social media platforms.

 

What would my Volunteer Responsibilities be?

 

  • Support JobStart’s social media accounts by contributing to the creation of posts and content while supporting overall marketing strategies

  • Assist in enhancing engaging and effective posts for all social media platforms

  • Assist in identifying relevant topics, stories and impact statements to post and share by working with staff across all locations and programs with the goal of promoting programs and services as well as increasing JobStart’s social media activity

  • Assist in the review and creation of marketing materials and identifying appropriate marketing channels

  • Support and participate in event planning as well as on site duties for special events
     

Specific participant skill development goals will include:

 

  • Enhance knowledge of social service environment, community and employment resources available

  • Expand on experience and knowledge of various social media platforms and tools

  • Develop knowledge of and skills in planning and promoting special events

  • Enhance team work, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills

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December 24, 2019

JobStart is thrilled to announce the seventh cohort of our employment program for older adults, starting on January 15! 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 Mustafa – a.mustafa@jobstart.org | 416-231-2295 x5727.

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December 20, 2019

JobStart Mentoring and Women’s Settlement programs held a dynamic networking event: The Importance of Self-Motivation. Barbara Wilson, keynote speaker combined with our round table leaders shared insightful, career advice. Wishing all our participants success in 2020. Thanks to @Manulife  and @ONTrillium  #networking #women #refugees #supportwomen #careerdevelopment #mentoring

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December 07, 2019

A huge thank you to the United Way Greater Toronto Day of Caring and the staff from BMO - Bank of Montreal who volunteered their time and expertise at our Mock Interview event on November 27th, 2019. What a memborable day for both our JobStart clients and the staff from Bank of Montreal. 
“The feedback we received was extremely relevant and the mock interviews were encouraging and reassuring. This was a good real-life experience in giving interviews for us.” - JobStart client
“The people from BMO were excellent performing the Mock Interview, they were very helpful giving tips and many general recommendations after the mock interview and during the networking session. I am so glad I came.” - JobStart client
#newcomers #jobsupport #interviewcoaching #UnitedWayofGreaterToronto #BankofMontreal

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