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How Can Volunteering Help You Get a Job

Below are some of the ways voluntary work can help you get a job and meet your career objectives or goals.

1

Develop new skills

Volunteer work experience is a positive way to train and develop expertise in areas your current or previous jobs did not offer. Hence, if you want some extra experience for a particular job, advancement, or upgrade, there are many ways to do so. Some of them include;

-          Organize events or fundraising efforts.

-          Team management. Many projects need a group effort and a leader for coordination.

-          Sales skills. Here, you recruit volunteers or contact people for donations.

Meet your career objectives by developing your skills. Look for volunteer job opportunities which strengthen the skills you have but do not use in your current job.

2

Build your network

Networking skills are very efficient when it comes to seeking a job opportunity. You never know the person you are going to meet in your new job or charity work. Hence, you need to ensure you build your network that is the people you know and the people they know. Through voluntary work, you can meet new contacts and hence expand your network. While doing voluntary work, ensure you keep a list of the people you meet or contacts you make. This incorporates customers, board members, suppliers, other volunteers, and the staff. You do not know who may help you in the future.

So, it is upon to ensure you build your network by making contact with new people. If you choose to volunteer for a role which relates to your target career opportunity, you may run into individuals with similar interests or perceptions to the job you want.

3

Enhance your experiences

Another method of how volunteering helps you is by enhancing your experience. Doing voluntary work shows employers or recruiters that you can embrace time management and finish your tasks. Additionally, it shows that you can cooperate or get along with other volunteers and make a commitment. Volunteer work looks good on a resume in that your voluntary work report or record can show an employer that you have the attributes, knowledge, and skills they are looking for in a prospective employee.

Moreover, you will have the opportunity to explore different career opportunities and industry sectors. Also, you will have the ability to know people, the challenges and rewards they get, and gain a better comprehension of the roles available. Voluntary experience in a particular industry can give you an outstanding resume. This is evident if you are competing for a role in that specific industry.

4

Astound or influence employers with your determination

Showcasing or exhibiting your charitable side portrays a good fit in a cultural way. This is because many organizations have a sturdy social responsibility core. And as a volunteer, you need to stand out in a positive manner by displaying your passion and involvement with the society or community. Voluntary work or experience adds depth to your application. Additionally, it can help employers and recruiters to notice you with ease.  

5

Fill in employment gaps and add experience

Your volunteer experience is your professional experience as well. So, on your job application, list the company and the dates of your service. Do not use ‘volunteer’ as a title. Instead, use ‘responsibilities’ such as instructor or project coordinator. Additionally, remember to mention your achievements, outcomes, or awards without providing misleading information.

Utilizing your time to assist your community and gain new skills either as an employee or a volunteer highlights your disposition or preparedness to jump in, gain more knowledge, and do more.

6

Boost your steps

Helping other people as a volunteer gives you a fulfilling sensation. Additionally, doing unpaid volunteer work helps you choose a career as well as boost your confidence and self-worth. Maintaining confidence is very crucial more so if you have been experiencing unemployment for a while. Moreover, it acts as an encouragement tool after a lengthy job search. Not only will you be able to feel active but also useful and productive.

Through voluntary work, you can also discover and understand your skills, values, interests, and achievements which are the bases or fundamentals of a fruitful career. Volunteering, as aforementioned helps boost your self-worth that is enabling you to discover and learn more about yourself as well as your potential to develop and grow. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to discover how other people perceive you, your strengths, and your weaknesses.

Further information

Above are some ways Renaldo Trivino recommends you consider if you are looking to get a job and meet your career goals.

Renaldo Trivino is an online writer and editor. He writes content for various marketing campaigns and provides business ghostwriting.

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