ESA members know that volunteer work can change your mood, increase your happiness and satisfaction with life, but there are more advantages to volunteering than the good feeling you get. A government study
reports that volunteers have a 27% higher chance of landing a job. Have you thought about these seven way volunteering could help your job search?
It never hurts to expand your network. You never know who might know about the perfect opportunity for you. Volunteering is a great way to connect with people
you might not otherwise meet and forget the awkwardness of networking mixers, you already have something meaningful in common.
Use Your Skills.
If at all possible, it’s a great idea to volunteer within your field or in a position that uses your professional skills. Not only is it good to keep up with your skills when you are searching for a job, but it shows commitment and passion for your field
Learn New Skills.
Skills learned in volunteer positions are just as relevant to potential employers
as those you have gained through paid work. If you are making a career change or have gaps in your resume new skills learned while volunteering are the perfect way to round out your qualifications.
Adjust To the Work Environment.
If you have just graduated or have been out of the workforce for a time adjusting to the different demands and etiquette of the work environment can be difficult at first. Volunteering is a great way to help yourself navigate the transition smoothly.
Kickstart Your Creativity.
Chances are you’ve been doing a lot of the same work, whether it’s in school or in your career and that can slow down your creativity. We have long known that diversifying your experiences
can give a big boost to that brainpower. Getting out of your comfort zone with a volunteer position is the perfect way to get those creative juices flowing.
Show Your Passion.
Finding a cause you are passionate about is almost a natural side effect of volunteering. That passion goes beyond your service as a volunteer. Passion is compelling, especially to employers.
Boost Your Confidence.
Job searching can be draining and it’s easy to begin to lose confidence in yourself. It’s important to remind yourself how competent and valuable you are. Volunteering is a great way to feel needed and productive.