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Surprising Perks to Volunteering

It’s rewarding and life-changing. Volunteering helps non-profit organizations deliver their mission and improve the community. In turn, you feel useful and productive – and your confidence and self-worth gets a boost!

Another benefit: volunteering can also boost your career and job search. Here’s how:

  1. Discover a new passion. If you aren’t digging your current job, turn to volunteering. While giving back to the community, you might spark a new passion that could transition into a new career. Plus you’ll have a new network of people to tap into for help.
  1. Expand your network. There’s something to the old adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Participating with an organization connects you with others who may be able to send a new opportunity your way. 
  1. Bridge gaps in employment. When you find yourself between jobs, turn to volunteering. You’ll get brownie points from employers when they see that you’ve stayed active and involved in your professional life while on the hunt for a new job.
  1. Get noticed. Many people volunteer, but not everyone lists it on their resume. Adding volunteer work will set yourself apart from the pack.
  1. Gain marketable skills. Volunteering is a great way to try something new and develop new skills. Helping to organize a fundraiser, for example, develops skills like project planning, time management, and teamwork. Coordinating volunteer activities enhances your organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  1. Show that you care. You’re committed to making the world a better place. Volunteer work shows that you think beyond yourself – a quality that employers find attractive.

Volunteering is a win-win. While you should never volunteer with the intention to “get ahead,” there certainly are ways that it can boost your career and job search while making a contribution to your community.