Become a Career Mentor
In April 2020, Vermont experienced a dramatic increase in unemployment over the month from 3.1% to 15.6%. The COVID-19 crisis has also created what many are calling a "shecession", because a majority of the jobs lost in April were held by women.
Women around Vermont are still looking for meaningful employment and jobs that earn a livable wage. Vermont Works for Women’s employment and career services are here to help. However, we need your support to ensure that Vermont women have the skills they need to find jobs that meet their needs. Please consider volunteering as a Career Mentor today.
Volunteer Position Details
Vermont Works for Women provides career services free of charge to women seeking employment support. The goal of our career services is to empower women to find and keep jobs that meet their needs. We match volunteer career mentors with women and gender non-conforming clients based on what type of advice and skills they are seeking or based on the client’s industry-specific interests.
Key Responsibilities: After receiving an initial orientation and career resource handbook, career mentors will be paired with a client to meet one-on-one for a scheduled period of time. The career services VT Works for Women provides include, but aren’t limited to:
- Job search planning
- Writing resumes and cover letters
- Practicing for interviews
- Networking support
- Professional etiquette advice
- Job shadows
As a volunteer career mentor, you will have the opportunity to assist clients with any employment skill(s) of your choice. There is no need to be an expert in any subject. We will provide a virtual orientation for new volunteers and a collection of resources on employment skills.
Qualifications: We are looking for women or gender non-conforming individuals to serve as career mentors. Five or more years of workforce experience is preferred. Our goal is to build a network of volunteers in a wide variety of careers in varied industries, therefore, individuals with experience in any industry or profession are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: This volunteer opportunity is completely flexible. Career mentors can meet once with a client, on a regular basis, or somewhere in between.
Vermont Works for Women is committed to full inclusion. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, please contact VWW's Volunteer Coordinator Alison Spasyk at aspasykREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@vtworksforwomen.org or 802-655-8900 x126.
To get started, please fill out this volunteer interest form. Alison Spasyk will be in contact when opportunities arise.