Volunteers play a critical role in transforming job seekers’ lives by sharing knowledge of U.S. workplace culture and expectations, industry insights, and lessons learned. 85% of people in the United States find their jobs through networking, but many immigrants and refugees lack the relationships that help navigate the job search process.
As a volunteer you can also support Upwardly Global’s mission through building connections, providing fundraising support, or using your talents to further deepen Upwardly Global’s impact.
Below are opportunities for important individual volunteering. (If you are interested in group and corporate volunteering, please click here.) An application for our individual volunteer program can be found here; after you fill out the form, you will be contacted within 7-10 business days by an Upwardly Global team member.
Volunteering with Job Seekers
There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing job seekers gain confidence as they achieve their goals. Volunteers can support immigrant and refugee job seekers in several ways:
As an UpGlo Mentor, you will be coaching a job seeker throughout their job search journey firsthand. You and your mentee will meet at least once a week for the next 3 months. As a mentor, you will help create a career plan, practice networking, prepare for interviews, research industry-specific information, and provide ongoing job search support. At 3 months you, your mentee, and an UpGlo job coach will meet to discuss next steps.
Industries available for coaching are:
- Writing / Editing / PR / Journalist
A mentor-mentee pairing requires work, commitment, and follow-through on both sides to succeed. We are excited for our job seeker to receive this critical support, and expect the volunteer-mentor will:
- Be a strong communicator by providing helpful feedback
- Provide positive encouragement and patience
- Avoid jargon, acronyms and buzzwords
- Be prepared for each meeting
- You and the mentee should both know the topic you’ll be discussing beforehand
- Open yourself to new perspectives and be willing to offer new perspectives
- Must be able to expose your mentee to opportunities/network and increase visibility
- Ability and willingness to communicate what you know
- Professional lessons learned
- Job search strategies
Volunteer language coaches work one-on-one with job seekers (in-person or virtually) to help them boost their English language skills and confidence. This will help them not only through the job interview process, but also on the job. Coaching offers an opportunity for job seekers to practice small talk, build vocabulary and grammar, learn industry-specific jargon and acronyms, and improve their speaking confidence. Both coach and job seeker are supported by a training overview that outlines program expectations, as well as lesson guides to provide structure to the meetings. Pairs will meet once a week for 8 total meetings over a 10-week period. Additional contact via phone and/or email is to be expected.
An informational interviewer conducts informational interviews over the phone, computer, or in-person, to help job seekers understand the intricacies of pursuing a career within a given industry sector or company in the U.S.
Mock interviewers conduct mock interviews with job seekers, either in on-site events, virtually, or one-on-one.
A networking coach is someone who loves to network and feels comfortable to further champion job seekers in their networking skills. Volunteers will meet with job seekers in a friendly environment that allows them to improve their networking skills and develop deeper confidence in building professional relationships.
You are an industry expert we can lean on for up-to-date insights in your field! This indicates you’re willing to connect job seekers or staff to opportunities in your industry by sharing resources, pathways, and skills needed. We will reach out to you to:
- Lead or coordinate a forum of panelists in your industry
- Regularly share information, resources and opportunities
- Recommend concrete job search tips or referrals
What to expect: we will keep you on a list of volunteers we can tap as needs pop-up. We will invite you to participate in staff support or job seeker learning opportunities.
Based on your industry and experience, we are looking for volunteers who can review job seeker portfolios. This can be for any industry that often desires samples of professional work.
LinkedIn Profile Reviewer
If you love LinkedIn and know how to use it to its optimal potential, consider reviewing job seeker LinkedIn profiles. Work one-on-one with a job seeker to create a stellar LinkedIn profile, optimize on LinkedIn features, or teach them how to search for the right job or connection.
Volunteers also support organization mission-critical areas, including building vital relationships to employers, communication, development and strategic support:
Upwardly Global works with business leaders and hiring managers to co-create volunteer events, employment opportunities, apprenticeships, internships, and job shadowing opportunities. You will collaborate with Upwardly Global to create opportunities with your company or network to link talented job seekers into the American workforce.
Communications & Social Media Support
We are committed to shaping communications that build productive narratives about immigrant and refugee contributions. We are looking for volunteer “Connectors” who are willing to share Upwardly Global posts on their personal social media networks and provide other help for our communications and marketing efforts.
Fundraising + Friendraising Support
Philanthropy is a crucial driver of our work and helps us build community. We are looking for volunteers who are open to making warm introductions to individuals and/or foundations interested in this work, and helping to fundraise for events and crucial campaigns.
Pro Bono Strategist
Does your firm support non-profits through deep dive pro bono strategy work? We would love to discuss current projects around capacity building, outreach, development and other core areas of work.