Volunteer Opportunities

Professionals from businesses in the Greater Boston area are vital to the success of our program. They help in many key ways: 

Practice Phone Interviewer
Conduct 10-15 minute interviews with clients by phone. Review résumé and ask questions based on the individual’s experience, education, target job, and target industry. Identify strengths, weaknesses, challenges and success stories. Negotiate salary. Encourage participants to ask questions. Talk through next steps of setting up an in-person interview (for practice only). We will provide a guideline which includes specific questions to ask. After the interview, write your comments on feedback form, identify interview strengths and areas for improvement. Volunteers must have clear communication skills. Prior experience as a hiring manager, human resources professional, recruitment specialist, talent acquisitions specialist, or interviewer helpful. Stable work history, or history of prior volunteer work, college education preferred.

Job Search Coach
Work one-on-one with a participant who is actively searching for full-time employment. Provide assistance based on the person’s individual needs. Job search activities include exploring career paths, identifying skills, researching job opportunities, helping with cover letters, typing up reference list, completing online applications, researching companies, preparing for upcoming job interviews, and following up with thank you notes after interviews. Volunteers must have a stable professional work history, or history of prior volunteer work. College education preferred. Strong computer skills. Strong English written and verbal communication skills. Good interpersonal skills. Able to work sensitively and effectively with adults from diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds. Patient and adaptable. Familiarity with online job search and career exploration resources helpful. Fluency in other languages helpful. 

Job Club Facilitator
Using workbook and case studies as a guideline, facilitate job search support group. Help participants as a group to set goals, identify next steps in their job search, share ideas, networking opportunity, and success stories. Provide support, advice, and motivation for job seekers. Volunteers must have  a stable professional work history, or history of prior volunteer work. College education preferred. Prior experience facilitating groups. Knowledge of effective job search practices helpful. Good communication and interpersonal skills. Able to work sensitively and effectively with adults from diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds.

"Lunch and Learn" Presenter
Over lunch, speak to group of job seekers about a topic of your choosing. Present and share hand-outs if helpful. Topics can be anything which will benefit job seekers. For example: how to get ahead in your career, secret to your career success, overview of the industry you work in, what employers look for, or how to use technology in your job search. Volunteers must have a stable professional work history, or history of prior volunteer work. College education preferred. Expertise in subject area which you will be presenting on. Strong communication skills. Prior experience presenting to and engaging with groups. 

Online Job Search Assistant
Review résumé and cover letter for assigned participant. Provide suggestions and feedback to staff by email or by phone. Search online for full-time job opportunities which are a match for participant’s skills, experience, education, and interests. Email job descriptions to staff. Volunteers must have prior employment or volunteer experience preferred. College education preferred. Familiar with online job search resources, comfortable with internet research. Good written communication skills.

Interview Coach
Meet with one participant for one hour to review commonly asked interview questions and help to prepare and practice answers, according to the Career Collaborative model and guidelines. Write out answers which participant can use as a guideline to practice on their own in the future. Coach participants on strong examples using the STAR format (Situation or Task, Action, Result). Identify participant’s skills, strengths and relevant experience, as well as weaknesses or areas for improvement. Help participant to speak about gaps in employment and job transitions, if applicable. Assist participant to prepare questions to ask the interviewer which are focused on the target job and industry. Coach participant on professional presentation such as eye contact, handshake and good posture. Discuss salary negotiation strategies. Practice closing the interview and asking about follow up steps. Sample questions will be provided, along with training about how Career Collaborative coaches participants to answer interview questions. Volunteers must have clear communication skills. Good interpersonal skills. Able to work sensitively and effectively with adults from diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds. Patient and adaptable. Prior experience as a hiring manager, human resources professional, recruitment specialist, talent acquisition specialist, or interviewer helpful. Stable work history, or history of prior volunteer work, college education preferred.

Résumé Coach
Meet with participants to help them draft a strong résumé, following the Career Collaborative guidelines. Discuss and record their prior work history, volunteer work, education, skills and qualifications. Organize information into a concise and well-formatted résumé. Volunteer can type up résumé together with the participant during the meeting, or can work on edits independently after the meeting and email résumé to staff by end of business day Thursday. Volunteers must have good written and verbal communication skills. Good interpersonal skills. Able to work sensitively and effectively with adults from diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds. Patient and adaptable. Prior experience as a hiring manager, human resources professional, recruitment specialist, talent acquisition specialist, or interviewer helpful. Prior résumé writing experience helpful. Stable work history, or history of prior volunteer work, college education preferred.
 

Become a Volunteer!

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer, please call our main line (617) 424-6616 or send an email to our  Volunteer Coordinator. Please note that we review résumés of our volunteers to help ensure best placement and fit with available opportunities.