The power of volunteering in your job search
Volunteering has a host of benefits, one of which is the positive impact it will have on your job search. So how does volunteering impact your employability and what are some of the benefits you’ll receive?
Helps you to explore industries you’re interested in
It sounds simple, but volunteering can help you to quickly understand if a job or industry is for you, without the commitment of having to lock into a long-term role. If you haven’t had the chance to explore an industry, but think it could be a good fit for you volunteering is a great way to scope it out.
Gives you practical experience to add to your resume
Freely offering to give your time to an organisation provides a strong reflection for future employers on what you value and provides evidence of your work ethic. If you haven’t yet had a job and find it difficult to put experience on your resume, volunteering is a great way to get some professional experience onto your resume.
Develop transferable skills
As you volunteer you will be developing important skills that can be transferred into other job roles. For example you might be working with clients or other volunteers and developing your conversation or negotiation skills. You could be working with their social media or logistics team and getting an understanding of how to work spreadsheets or help to design a new social media campaign. Don’t underestimate how much you can learn in a short time when volunteering if you are enthusiastic and curious to learn more about the organisations systems and processes.
Develop professional references
If you have a really positive volunteering experience, you will also likely develop a mentor who could be your referee for your next job application. Remember to always ask the person if they are happy to be your reference, but if this is the only professional experience you have on your resume this could make a huge difference during the interview process.
This list doesn’t even consider the broader benefits to volunteering…
These are just some of the benefits of volunteering for your job search. This is isn’t even close to a comprehensive list of the full benefits, in particular the wider social aspects of volunteering and its impact on society. We just hope it’s given you enough inspiration to get started and to find somewhere where you can volunteer and share your knowledge and skills.
If you’re interested in other article on how to get a job, you can follow this link: http://blog.careerhq.com.au/tag/getting-a-job/