Volunteering is more than just helping out a charity – it’s also a fantastic way to develop your skills and potentially even land yourself your next new job.
So then, what’re some of the career benefits of volunteering?
Developing your skills.
Considering applying for a promotion at work but are unsure you have the necessary skills? Maybe volunteering can help you out.
Volunteering can be an excellent way to gain experience and training in areas your current or past jobs maybe didn’t.
Volunteering is also a great way to meet like-minded people, both from a social and professional point of view.
If you’re specifically volunteering in a role that relates to the industry you’d like to be in, then this can be a great means to build connections. You really never know who you’ll meet.
Highlighting your charitable work shows any hiring manager that you’ll be a good cultural fit, as many organisations these days have a strong social responsibility core.
As well as this, volunteering can add some depth to your CV – which may, in turn, help you stand out from other applicants.
On a whole, giving up your time to work unpaid to gain experience in an industry you’d like to go into, immediately highlights your clear passion for the sector.
Filling in those employment gaps.
Remember, being a volunteer is a professional experience and therefore a job none the less – so put it on your resume.
List the company, your dates of service, and avoid using terms such as “volunteer,” and use the actual job title e.g. project coordinator”.
Boosting self-worth and confidence.
Giving back through voluntary work can be a really great way to boost your confidence and self-worth. By helping others, you’ll feel fulfilled and you’ll have made the world a better place in return!