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4 ways volunteering can help you find a job

13 September 2022

There are a couple of things you can do to help yourself when you’re looking for a new job. But you can only update your CV or polish your LinkedIn profile so much.

So, in instances when you aren’t actively researching a company or applying for a position, what else can you do to boost your chances of finding a job?

The answer: consider volunteering.

Volunteering is a gateway to employment. A study shows that out-of-work volunteers have a 27% higher likelihood of finding a job when compared to non-volunteers.

With this in mind, here are 4 ways that involvement in volunteering can help you find a job.

1. It Looks Great on Your CV

Volunteering is, very justifiably, classified as professional experience. To potential employers, it’s a great indicator of both how you choose to use your time and who you are as a person.

When adding volunteering to your CV or Linkedin, it is important to include:

  • The charity or organisation and the timeline of your service
  • The position and a line or two to contextualise what you did
  • Any applicable accomplishments or results

If your volunteer experience directly links to the job description, make a point to highlight that!

2. Volunteering Teaches You Transferable Skills

Volunteer work is the perfect platform to develop and refine new and existing skills. It goes without saying that there is an element of teamwork involved in volunteering, a skill that directly aligns with almost every job in existence!

On a more granular level, you can match your skill set with available volunteer positions using our Search and Match platform. By connecting with a cause that lets you naturally play to your strengths, you can hone work skills whilst outside the workplace.

If you’re interested in sharpening one particular skill, volunteering allows for that too. Looking to upskill in sales? Volunteer to contact people for donations. Want to become a project manager? Organise fundraising events. Whatever volunteer work you choose to do, transferable skills are part and parcel.

3. It Can Help Define the Job You’re Looking For

Applying to volunteer is a lot like applying for a job, except you’re not bound by the usual constraints would-be employees face. Because there is no lack of positions available nor element of rejection (like there is in a job application), volunteering gives you the chance to explore different industries and occupations.

You can find out which industry might offer you the experience you want by asking yourself questions like:

  • Which skills do I want to develop?
  • Do I want to work – and volunteer – online or remotely instead of in person?
  • Are flexible hours important to me?
  • Are there any causes I feel strongly about?

4. Volunteering Helps Build Your Network

Because of the nature of volunteering, you meet people from all walks of life. This makes it a great way to build a diverse network, done so in a low-pressure, non-hierarchical setting.

Volunteers are more engaged in their community than non-volunteers, which means more exposure to neighbours and community members, public meetings, and local events. All of this translates to a well-rounded network of like-minded and interesting individuals.

Don’t discount the power of a good network. You never know who might help you, or you might end up helping!

Discover more about the benefits of volunteering

Visit our impact page for more information and inspiration on what volunteering can do for you, and those you directly help.

For more on how Social Good Connect can help you help others, speak to us today.

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