Volunteering doesn't just make you feel good; it also greatly helps your career. Some people may look down upon unpaid work, but it's one of the most effective ways to improve your resume and success.
Here are four ways volunteering can help you land your next job.
- Explore Your Industry. What happens if you get your dream job and months in you don't like it? You can always quit and try to find another job, but that doesn't look good on your resume. However, with volunteering, you can try out different areas of work in your industry. Discover what you like and the hidden displeasures of jobs you might not like. Volunteering gives you a no-risk playground to try out your job before committing to it.
- Refine Your Skills. Most employers look for relevant experience. Why? Because experience refines your skills in ways education cannot. You learn social skills, you understand how the industry works, and you become better at the job. Volunteering is a great way to refine these skills. It's often much easier to become a volunteer than getting the job, so it becomes a great way to become more valuable to employers.
- Expand Your Network. When you volunteer, you'll meet some fantastic people. You can foster new friendships. Since volunteering often has a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere, you can network without feeling like networking. It's not LinkedIn or a networking event where you feel like you need to impress others. You can just have meaningful conversations. Plus, some of them may be able to help you land your dream job.
- Increase Your Confidence. It's never easy to walk into an interview for a job you've never done. You have to convince them that you can get the job done, but you know you've never done the job. With volunteering, it doesn't have to be that way. Because you have experience, the interview doesn't seem like an impossible test. You can share personal stories and readily have an answer for any question your interviewer throws at you. That makes you look outstanding!
Volunteering is powerful. Not only does it keep you from being lazy while you look for a job, it also benefits your job search considerably. So get out there, do something, and go volunteer!
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