Why Volunteer During Your Job Search

You may have heard that giving can make you happier and healthier, but did you know it can also help land you a great job? It’s true! Volunteering not only helps others, it helps you too!  Maybe you didn’t think of some of these, so here 4 great reasons to volunteer during your job search.

It looks great on your resume.

Between jobs? While your GreatWork office helps you find the right fit, consider volunteering to fill the gap.  Employers will appreciate that you stayed in the workforce, keeping your skills active.  And volunteering on days off is even better.  It shows your commitment to your community and your desire to serve.

What’s more, you might gain some great references to supply when asked.

You’ll meet people and expand your network.

Since many jobs are found through family, friends, and acquaintances, the more people you know, the better your chances to hear about jobs you might be interested in. This is one of the health benefits of volunteering too.  The more connected we are, the happier and healthier we tend to be.

You’ll keep your skills fresh, and maybe even pick up new ones.

Non-profit organizations are often small and volunteers take on many roles.  Need to develop your leadership skills?  Volunteer to plan an event.  Honing your sales acumen?  Make phone calls.  Offer the skills you have, but be open to helping anywhere you’re needed.  You’ll not only be showing flexibility, but new skills can make you more appealing to employers.

It’s a great confidence booster.

Let’s face it, looking for work can bring you down, and you need to stay motivated to find a great job.  You can hardly be down when you’re feeling useful, active, and productive.

And, it doesn’t hurt that volunteering is good for your health and happiness.

Volunteer to help your job search!

 

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