Can Volunteering Help Me Get a Job?

Get Hired Fast - help me find a jobAs desperation sets in during your job hunt, you may ask, “What can help me find a job?” If you are looking for a position and are not having much luck, it may be time to expand your options. Volunteer! It may seem counterintuitive to work for no pay to get a job with pay, but it can work. You have to be strategic but volunteering may do the trick.

Pick Your Cause

While there are many worthwhile causes out there, you should try to volunteer for an organization that closely aligns with your career goals. This increases your chances of meeting people who already work in the industry you are interested in. You also want to be active in any project you are working on and if you select a volunteer gig that you are not interested in, you may not always be attentive to what you are doing. You can visit websites like VolunteerMatch, Serve.gov, or the TapRoot Foundation to find volunteer opportunities.

Be a Leader

Working with a charity gives you a great opportunity to increase the number of leadership roles on your resume. You can take the lead on a project and increase your visibility in the organization. Another benefit: you can give your involvement a title like “Supervisor” or “Lead Project Director” which looks good on your resume.

Gain New Skills

You can take advantage of your volunteering experience to expand your skill set. You may learn more about project management, sales, or accounting while working for a charity. Of course, the goal of the charity is not to train you; however, you can work your way into getting more experience over time. It may take a little while so you have to be patient.

Meet New People

During your job search, you should use all opportunities to meet new people. Volunteering at a charity in your chosen field will bring you into contact with a number of people who may be able to help you find a job. You may also be able to parlay new contacts into new freelance contract gigs which may tide you over until you can find your dream job.

Improve Your Self-Esteem

Looking for a job can be very damaging to your view of your self-worth. You will send out a number of applications and hear back from only a few employers; this may make you doubt yourself and your skills. However, volunteering and helping people who are less fortunate than you can make you reassess your situation and your abilities. Renewed self-esteem will also help you attack your job search with a new sense of purpose.

Volunteering can be good for the people you help and for you. For more tips on finding a job, you can sign up for our GetHiredBootCamp.com today.

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