WORKFORCE READINESS

Community volunteers support BCPS in workforce development programs and initiatives by serving in a variety of capacities.

  • Mock Interviewers

  • Resume Writing Assistance/ Job Application Assistance

  • General Job Readiness & Retention Support

  • ID Clinic Assistance

  • Assistance at Returning Citizens Career Fairs

Mock Interviewing Volunteers

"Working as a mock interviewer for BCPS is one of my favorite volunteer activities. The guys I have interviewed have shown me that they are ready to work and want to show what they are capable of doing. As we give them the opportunity to practice, you can just see their confidence building and that is so rewarding. If we can help each guy to present himself as someone who made a mistake but is ready for a second chance, then employers will begin to see the potential sitting in front of them instead of seeing a liability. That is so gratifying to me!" Sharon

"Participating in mock interviews is a rewarding volunteer experience. The returning citizens are grateful for the opportunity to develop and practice their interviewing skills. They are appreciative for the time that volunteers spend with them and the feedback that they receive from the volunteer interviewers. I am glad to help these individuals prepare for their search for employment as they are getting ready to re-enter society." Tom

"What's amazing is how hard these men are willing to work and want to learn how to leave a good impression during the mock interview.  A lot of the guys have never had a real job interview before, and these interactions are invaluable in giving them confidence when the go to apply for a real job.  They really take any feedback you can give, and try to learn from it.  You can almost feel just how much these men want to get back to becoming productive citizens.  It's exhilarating!" Shane

"I really enjoy my time doing mock interviews at BCPS.  It is very rewarding to know that you are helping someone who has a sincere interest in helping themselves and others through solid employment as returning citizens.  Many of them have goals and aspirations.  I have found that my background in interviewing is beneficial.  But, anyone who enjoys a conversation with other people can provide them with the practice they need to understand how to listen and reply to questions about employment.  Since the questions are outlined for you the conversations often flow easily.  I have seen first-hand how some returning citizens have excelled in their careers." Cole

"I have been volunteering with BCPS for almost 2 years. Whether it is doing mock interviews, attending job fairs, resume writing or speaking at some of their events, I am always glad to give back. They do a wonderful job and with my experience in Human Resources if I can change one life it was worth it for me." Rich

If you are interested in any of our volunteering  programs, please contact us.

Berks Connections/Pretrial Services

19 N. 6th St, 4th Floor

Reading, PA 19601

1-484-260-3860