Volunteering can land you a J-O-B!

How Volunteering Can Help YOU find work…

In today’s economy it can often be very difficult to find work.  Many people are turning to volunteer programs where they can occupy their time and maintain their work skills while they look for a job.  What many of these volunteers are finding is that management has taken notice of their skills and when a job becomes available they are often offered the job before it is even advertised.  Employers often spend hundreds of dollars to advertise or pay recruiters to find people with the skills they are looking for to fill positions.

Volunteering is a great way to get in with many non-profit organizations as well as county and University departments.  Although there is no guarantee that it will lead to a job, volunteering is a great way to learn gain experience and learn new skills that will strengthen your resume.  Volunteering is also an excellent way to network and meet new people that might be able to help you find a job.

Volunteer work is very easy to find.  Many cities have centers and organizations (such as the Friendship Volunteer Center) that are devoted completely to finding volunteers to place into various programs depending on your skills and interests. All you have to do is register with the volunteer organization and once they find a position that might interest you they will inform you.

Terry Schroder of Volunteertoday.com has spent over 20 years working with volunteers.  Terry says that reliability and willingness to do whatever they are asked are the qualities that are most important in volunteers.  The volunteers who works 8 hours a day on the days they are assigned is more likely to be hired than the volunteer who says they will work 20 hours a week and regularly only works 12.  Anne Fischer of Fortune Magazine writes that Fortune’s “100 Best Companies” are enthusiastic about community outreach and they prefer to hire people who are too.

Volunteer opportunities range from computer programming to wild animal care so no matter what your passion might be, there is more than likely a volunteer opportunity for you!



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