Of course, volunteering is satisfying personally and contributes to a greater good. These days, volunteering is also a career strategy.
What if someone is completely satisfied in his/her current career? Volunteering is still a beneficial career strategy. It demonstrates social responsibility, which translates into better business. Professionals who are already satisfied with their careers can provide a value-added volunteering program to their companies by bringing together coworkers to give back to the community.
For those who are unemployed, in a career transition or are looking for a new job because of dissatisfaction with a current job, volunteering is a great activity to engage in while looking for a job. It is not just a fulfilling experience, but it could very well be a way into a new a career.
View the list to learn about three career benefits of volunteering.
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Get real-world experience
Volunteering can provide real-world work experience. Everyone should find a volunteering opportunity that is meaningful to the career they want to go into. Volunteering is not just about building a house or serving food to the homeless in a soup kitchen.
There are volunteer opportunities that are relevant to almost any type of career. For example, a Registered Nurse (RN) who is out of a job can volunteer to provide healthcare for those in need. A certified accountant can volunteer to offer tax services to those who cannot afford it.
Volunteering can provide great work experience while serving an even greater mission.
Get a job
Get a job with the nonprofit you volunteer for
Another career benefit of volunteering is that some nonprofits actually have paid employees. If you show your skills while volunteering, a job might just open up at the nonprofit you volunteer for and you will have a good chance of filling that position.
Networking opportunities that lead to connections
Even if you end up volunteering just for a cause you believe in but the work you do at the nonprofit has nothing to do with your career ambitions, there are still career benefits. It’s called networking.
Volunteering is one of the best ways to network with other professionals. As mentioned earlier, there are benefits to volunteering for those who are already successful and happy in their jobs. You will run into these people who might be able to get you a job with a great company.
Volunteering also puts you in direct contact with other community members, donors and business members who are partnering with the nonprofit organization. Take advantage of every connection.