Watercooler Blog: Volunteerism and your next job

volunteerBy Mark Lemna

Volunteer and Escape the Catch-22

Need to build up that resume, but can’t find the work to do it? It’s kind of a catch-22 situation when you need the skills to get a job, but need a job to get the skills.There are many reasons to volunteer; a quick search of the web will provide you with a plethora of information of the benefits of volunteering your time. As a job seeker there are benefits that could directly enhance your ability to find a position in the career of your dreams.

Gain experience

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in the field of your choice. If you choose something you are interested in, spending your time volunteering won’t feel like work at all. If you are interested in working in the Health industry, volunteer some of your time at the local hospital. Want to be a teacher, check and see if there is room to volunteer with a local school. Love sports? Why not become a coach and help younger people grow their skills.But the benefits don’t stop there. Volunteering can promote personal growth and help build self-esteem which can benefit anyone looking for work.

Help your community and network while you’re doing it.

It is well documented that most job openings are not even advertised. Employers may not have the time or energy to advertise their positions. By volunteering in your community you can meet and network with other volunteers. Someone may know about an opportunity that is suitable for you. Use your volunteering experience to meet new people and make new friends. Broaden your social network and get to know others with similar interests. There are many benefits from volunteering for you and for your community. Spend a little time helping others and be sure to choose something you are interested in.

What to avoid.

Be careful of taking on volunteer work that is “close to home”. This means to take care that your personal issues and feelings don’t spill over into the volunteer work in a way that impacts negatively upon you.Avoid volunteer activities for which you don’t have the temperament. For instance, don’t become a volunteer firefighter if you’re afraid of fire or you lack physical fitness. Don’t become a volunteer health assistant if you faint at the sight of blood. Volunteer Powell River is a great place to start your search for the perfect place to volunteer your time.

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