International Rescue Committee
SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:
The employment mentor will be an employment guide and friend for a refugee during their adjustment into the American workforce. He/she creates a safe space for the individual to practice and build their English skills and their job skills. Some activities that employment mentors could do include: helping fill out job applications around town, practicing for and supporting the refugees during follow-ups both in person and on the phone, and practicing mock job interviews. Employment mentors meet with the refugees 2-4 hours a week at the discretion of the volunteer and availability of the refugee. Employment mentors are expected to work with the client for 2 months, or until the client finds employment.
ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:
- With client, pinpoint their skills and qualifications
- Assist in creating a resume
- Find and highlight potential, realistic employment opportunities
- Aid in filling out job applications
- Practice interview skills
- Accompany clients to potential employers
- Able to commit at least 2 hours a week for two months; schedule is otherwise flexible
- Communicate hours and progress on a bi-weekly basis to IRC
- Some job-seeking experience
- Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexibility, patience and a sense of humor.
- Access to a car or knowledge of the SLC bus system, be willing to take clients to potential work-sites.
- Desire to help refugees or low-income Americans with their employment needs.
- Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies, including confidentiality policies and respect for refugee experiences
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language preferred
- Must pass a background check, motor vehicle check and proof of insurance (if driving).
Training and supervision provided
Reports to: Lyn Spataro, Volunteer Coordinator