Cause Areas


Mon Dec 11, 2017 - Mon Dec 31, 2018


1210 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 227San Jose, CA 95128
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Professional Mentors provide guidance to refugees, asylees, and immigrants to advance their careers in the United States. Resettlement programs have traditionally focused on entry-level job placement and there is a scar-city of long-term career advancement services to help clients navigate out of poverty. Currently, the average in-come of our clients is below the poverty line outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services. As part of our CareerLink program, the IRC in San Jose is looking for professionals from the Healthcare and Hospitality fields who want to apply their knowledge and skills to help refugees and immigrants attain their long-term career goals and become financially secure.

Asylees and refugees come to the San Jose Bay Area with diverse skill sets, educational backgrounds, and career aspirations. In the past year, clients have arrived from countries as varied as Eritrea, Syria, Iran, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Thailand, and Russia. Volunteer mentors are paired with clients based on their shared professional interests and experiences.

Mentors meet with clients on a regular basis, engaging in activities such as developing action plans and goals, updating and improving client resumes, practicing interview skills, applying for training/educational programs, and attending networking events together. The time commitment for this position is between 2-10 hours per month. This small amount of time can make a monumental change in the life of a refugee or asylee.


  • Sales Coaching & Training
  • Community Outreach

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-10 hours per month

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