Everyone knows volunteering is a great way to contribute to society, help a worthy cause and reap some wonderful karmic rewards but did you know it can help you on the job hunt?
Here’s 5 ways volunteering improves your employability.
It increases your skill set
It builds networks
Volunteering is a great way to make connections with new and interesting people. Developing new working relationships is a wonderful asset which can lead to endorsements from fellow volunteers and better your interpersonal skills.
It shows responsibility
Potential employers will love to see a candidate who dedicates their time and energy to a worthy cause. It shows you are responsible, dedicated and able to work well within a team. Don’t underestimate those karmic kudos! Hiring managers are looking for passion and potential as well as just experience and education.
It improves your confidence
Searching for a job can be a disheartening process, particularly if a number of interviews haven’t gone your way. Volunteering keeps you in touch with the work environment so that when the right job does come along, you’re ready! (And you haven’t forgotten how to be social and charming.)
It shows you’re proactive
Volunteering shows you are capable of creating your own opportunities which is an extremely attractive quality in a potential employee. Companies want employees who are independent and self-motivated, show them that’s you.