“Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” – Helen Dyer
If you’re looking for a new job opportunity, you may be wondering how to distinguish yourself in the job market. Tackling the job search from a different angle may help you stand out to recruiters and hiring managers. Volunteering can be one strategy to differentiate yourself from other candidates.
According to a study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteering increases your odds of getting a job by 27%. Here are four benefits of volunteering that can improve your pathway to employment.
- Close Employment Gaps – Volunteering during your job search could help fill any employment gaps you may have had due to situations such as a lack of work experience, a job layoff, or taking a leave of absence from working. By highlighting your volunteer experience, you’ll be able to demonstrate your reliability, ambition, and willingness to help others to employers.
- Learn New Skills – Want to add to your skillset or improve existing skills? Volunteering can provide opportunities to develop additional experience like project management, sales skills, and managing a team.
- Grow Your Network – Volunteering is a great way to meet people in your community on a professional and personal level. Connecting with other volunteers and leaders can help you grow your network and may even lead to a job recommendation. Connect with your volunteer organization on LinkedIn and any other social media platforms where they have accounts.
- Boost Your Confidence – When you make the decision to jump into the job market for your next opportunity, do it with confidence. Adding your volunteering experience on your resume and discussing it in interviews can help lift your job seeker spirits and reduce any anxiety or stress you may be facing while searching for your next job.
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity, but don’t know where to start? We’ve curated a list of resources just for you to help jumpstart your volunteer journey.
U.S. Volunteer Organizations
Canada Volunteer Organizations
International Volunteer Organizations
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