September 2010 Volunteer of the Month
September 2010 Vincent Vong
Vincent was born and raised in Canada. His parents faced language barriers and lack of information to find a job when they emigrated from China. The stories he heard from his parents motivated Vincent to join Immigrant Services Calgary as an Employment Coach volunteer to help newcomers in their job search. The combination of a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Calgary and extensive experience recruiting employees at his workplace makes Vincent an expert in building resumes for job seekers with different professional backgrounds. “I thought the best way that I could contribute would be as a resume helper given my experience with hiring at my company and the importance of a strong resume in a competitive job market,” says Vincent.
The Volunteer Program staff is full of compliments for Vincent: “He responds so fast whenever we need him”, “The clients are so satisfied with the quality of the resume Vincent builds for them.” Vincent has a special ability to “interview” the newcomers to find out about their previous experience and identify their unique skills and achievements. Once he has a clear picture of the clients’ profile, he teaches them how to write competitive resumes according to Canadian standards.
Vincent’s charisma and cultural sensitivity turns the client’s worries into hopes and self confidence. “The most rewarding part of volunteering at ISC would definitely be simply acting as a friendly face into what can be a foreign and sometimes scary job market.”
On behalf of Immigrant Services Calgary, we thank you Vincent for your hard work and dedication as a volunteer. Without you, we would not be able to help so many clients in their job search.