Five Ways Volunteering can Boost Your Career
Frustrated with entry level jobs that ask for experience you don't have? Get valuable experience by volunteering! There are lots of skills employers look for that you can develop in a volunteer position.
A great way to have relevant experience on your resume is by volunteering in an area where you want to build your career. A recent survey showed that 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
Volunteering is a natural, non-awkward way of networking with like-minded, committed people. You never know who might be the contact to lead you to the job you always wanted.
No one is in a better position than your volunteer manager to vouch for your dedication, work ethic and character! Key qualities that employers want to see in new employees.
If you have recent volunteer experience, you will feel more confident and have more to talk about in your job interviews. Some organizations actually interview their volunteers, so it's also great practice for your job search.
DID YOU KNOW? For more than a decade, Canadian youth have volunteered more than any other age group! The 2013 General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating found that 53% of Canadians aged 15-24 are involved in volunteering. This puts youth well above the national average of 44%.