Helping people get jobs is Jon’s “thing.” He started volunteering at RESOURCE a year ago, working in the career education resource center. He helps people look for jobs, he touches up their resumes, and he also prepares them for real-life interviews through mock interviewing.

“I really like seeing people improve,” says Jon. “I like seeing the happiness that people have if something ‘clicks.’”

Jon first heard about RESOURCE at a Minneapolis job fair, where he was looking for a new paid job. That’s when he learned about a volunteer position that would be a great match for his skill set.

Tyler Sadek, RESOURCE recruitment and business development coordinator, was thrilled when Jon was willing to volunteer. Sadek loves what he’s seen so far. “Jon’s been fantastic working with our job-seekers,” he says. “For someone who didn’t have much exposure to the work we do before volunteering at RESOURCE, he picked it up quickly.”

An important part of Jon’s learning process has been helping people from a variety of backgrounds. He’s helped everyone from recent immigrants to retired members of the United States military.

“As long as you lead with courtesy and kindness, you go a long way,” Jon says. “You don’t need to have grown up in the same neighborhood to have a good relationship with somebody.”

A story that stands out to Jon is that of a mother who recently moved to Minnesota from the Middle East and is 20 years older than he is. “She was looking for a position in healthcare,” Jon says. “I gave her positive and critical feedback so she can get the job that she wants.”

Jon loves how fulfilling his role can be, motivating people and teaching job-hunting skills.

“Those aren’t things that atrophy. They don’t go away. If I can help people build those necessary skill sets they might have not acquired elsewhere in life, then I feel like I’ve done something good.”

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at RESOURCE by contacting Courtney Flug, Volunteer Program Manager, at cflug@resource-mn.org.