The Importance of Volunteer Work
Volunteer to increase your chances of being hired.
Volunteer work isnt just something you do to look good on a resume. Thousands of people have turned their volunteer experience into a life-changing experience for themselves–and those theyve helped. And if you’re a college student or grad, it’s a must-have on your resume to show you’ve taken the initiative to gain experience and skills.
Start by taking an honest look at yourself and your life. What are you lacking? Do you come from a small town with little diversity and need more exposure to other cultures in order to personally grow? Volunteering in an inner city can provide the opportunity to interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Match your skills and personal interests with opportunities to give back at VolunteerMatch, which is easy to use, listing groups needs specifically. This type of experience prepares you for the future–interacting with diverse groups in the workplace.
Or maybe youve gotten out of shape from long hours hitting the books. No problem, you can get back in shape again while helping others! Volunteer for charity events which involve physical activitybike, hike, runall to raise money and get in great shape at the same time. Get your classmates, dorm mate and friends involved too. Log on to Active.com to find physically-focused charity events, or set your own physical challenge and raise money at FirstGiving.
Time an issue? Here are a few ways to spend no more than 1 or 2 hours a week making the world a better place and you a better person: TheHungerSite, Sparked, Kaboom, GirlsOnTheRun, IParticipate, Serve, TimeBanks, EarthWatch, and AmericanHiking. Discover the best volunteer activity for your personality by using this tool: Self.
With all of these sites at your finger tips, you have no excuse not to volunteer! Find your place today.
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