Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Skills: Professional Skills
Job Coach for Justice-Involved Jobseekers (Largely Virtual)
Context: SLU hosted its first virtual Second Chance Job Fair for justice-involved jobseekers over the summer. Participants did an incredible job, and every single participant left with at least one employer interested in them. Many jobseekers, however, had difficulties with the follow-up process due to digital literacy challenges with email communication and online applications. Therefore, before the Fall virtual fair, SLU connected each jobseeker with a volunteer job coach to support them through the preparation and follow up process for the fair. The extra support was so beneficial to jobseekers that SLU is now recruiting volunteer job coaches for our Spring 2021 fair.
Volunteer Job Coach Role Description: The Spring virtual job fair will be on Tuesday, April 20, but the job coach commitment will be an average of 1-2 hours per week for the three weeks prior to the fair and the six weeks after the fair (nine weeks total). Each volunteer will be assigned to one jobseeker, though volunteers are welcome to sign up to coach multiple jobseekers if they wish to serve for a greater number of hours per week. Contact will be largely virtual, though the partnership will likely benefit from a couple of masked, socially distant, in-person sessions if both parties are comfortable.
Pre-fair job coaching tasks include:
Getting to know jobseeker and developing an understanding of their employment goals
Assisting jobseeker in setting up an email account
Ensuring jobseeker's voicemail is set up
Reviewing or assisting in the creation of the jobseeker’s resume
Assisting jobseeker with their virtual job fair video
Post-Fair job coaching tasks include:
Ensuring jobseeker follows up with all interested employers
Helping jobseeker track and stay on top of all necessary tasks in each company’s hiring process
Assisting jobseeker with the completion of any necessary online applications
Assisting jobseeker with employer email communication
Preparing jobseeker for interviews
Assisting jobseeker in determining which job opportunities will best meet their needs
Providing weekly updates to the TWA Program Manager
Volunteers are asked to attend one of two available Zoom trainings before they are assigned to a jobseeker:
Tuesday, 3/23, from 5:30 – 7:00
Wednesday, 3/24, from 5:30 – 7:00
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