Volunteering Can Help You Find a Job


Julian Omidi discusses and article about  how you can boost your resume or find a job by volunteering.

A recent report from LinkedIn found that nearly half of hiring managers interviewed consider volunteer work equivalent to full-time work experience. One in five respondents said they have hired someone because of their charitable work.

“It’s clear that the skill and experience gained through volunteering are respected and that they provide an edge for job candidates during the hiring process,” said Evan Hochberg, the national director of community engagement for consulting giant Deloitte.

Why are hiring managers and major corporations taking volunteering so seriously? From learning new skills and honing existing ones to meeting new people and boosting creativity, volunteering could benefit your career more than you think. Best of all, you will be helping others in the process.

Here are four ways volunteering can help you find the job you’ve been looking for:

  • Develop New Skills: In the 2013 Volunteer Impact Survey by Deloitte, it was found that 76% of human resource executives said that the skills and experience acquired while volunteering make job candidates more desirable. Learning a new skill and/or enhancing skills you already have is possible with volunteering, and hiring managers will take notice when they see volunteering on your resume.
  • Fill in Resume Gaps: If you’re not working, volunteering with a nonprofit is a great way to fill a blank spot in a resume, helping to answer the recruiter’s inevitable question of what you have been doing with your time, beside looking for a job.
  • Build Your Network: Meeting new people is not always easy, but volunteering can make it easier. It does not matter if you are serving at a soup kitchen or building a website for a mentoring organization, you will be interacting closely with a new group of people. One of the new people you meet may be the very person to pass you resume to right human resources executive at the right time.
  • Enhance Creativity: It makes sense that when you do the same thing for long periods of time can stagnate creativity. However, diversifying experiences can boost your brainpower. Volunteering can get you out of your comfort zone and help ignite the passion of your current career, or help you find a new one.

If you are interested in finding volunteer opportunities that are available, the following websites may help you get started: LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace, Catchafire, Idealist, and VolunteerMatch.

By Julian Omidi

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kip-patrick/4-ways-volunteering-can-help-you-find-a-job_b_4640268.html?utm_hp_ref=charity

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