Would it be presumptuous to send an e-mail to the most appropriate person with a compelling cover letter and résumé offering to volunteer a few hours a week? Or is it more appropriate to ask for an informational interview first?
If you send in a résumé and a cover letter prior to doing your research on these types of positions and the universities you are interested in potentially working for (even on a volunteer basis), then your résumé and cover letter will likely end up in the human resources’ or the supervisor’s filing cabinet (or worse, their garbage cans) and/or copied to the volunteer department.
Also check to see if the universities have volunteer programs and if they use volunteers for office or promotional work. This is not likely, especially if this takes work away from paid unionized employees.
Do not make it about you and what you are looking for. Also, only give them your résumé if they ask for it. One needs to build a relationship with potential supervisors and confirm that they are actually interested in you and your help prior to giving them your résumé.
Dec. 4, 2017 "I've been forced on leave because of stress. Is that fair?": Today I found this article in the Globe and Mail:
The purpose is to provide a medical reason and guidance for what the employer can do.
The employee and healthcare provider should work together to decide what they’re going to propose, be specific and evaluate the impact before sending it to the employer for consideration.
These are then used by the employer to consider what they can do for the employee, including workplace accommodations.
If this was the recommendation from your employer’s doctor and not your own, there certainly are grounds to challenge it. You have the right to have your own doctor assess your alleged medical limitations and assist in the process of determining whether and to what extent you are to required to work reduced hours.
However, if these are recommendations made by your own doctor and you feel the employer has not appropriately interpreted your doctor’s guidance, then you need to have your doctor provide a second letter clarifying the request.