Employment Assistant Volunteer (JTAL): El Cajon 


The Job Training and Application Lab (JTAL) helps recently arrived refugees create resumes and search and apply for jobs. 



  • Assist IRC clients in applying for jobs online on a one-on-one basis 
  • Use clients’ past experiences to format and write resumes and/or cover letters 
  • Prepare clients for interviews and general U.S. work culture 
  • Provide administrative assistance in setting up appointments for walk-ins or over the phone 
  • Teach clients how to use Google Maps to plan a trip 
  • Accompany clients on public transportation to and from major destinations in San Diego for example, Downtown, Balboa Park, IRC office, etc. 



  • Minimum 3-month commitment 
  • At least 4 hours per week 
  • Shifts available: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm 
  • MUST be proficient in English; proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, or Pashto a plus 
  • Experience using computers and programs such as Microsoft Word, Chrome, etc. 
  • Effective communicator to bridge the gap that often arises from language barriers 
  • Ability to work in a multicultural setting  
  • Knowledge and understanding of the US job search process 
  • Experience with San Diego public transportation system   
  • Provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 
  • Willing to adhere to IRC Volunteer and workplace policies, including confidentiality policies 


How to apply 

  • Submit online application (must include resume and top three position preferences to be considered complete) 
  • Background check via HireRight ($49 donation to help cover the cost) 
  • Attend a general IRC orientation and begin placement and training 


Please email Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Dell, [email protected] if you have any questions.