Final exams are almost over, and you have summer just ahead of you! For many post-secondary students, you may have finally graduated and this will be your chance to look for your first career. Landing one in this competitive job market will be a task! As you start your search, remember the benefits of volunteering and how it can positively benefit your career.
Here’s 5 ways volunteering can boost your career courtesy of TalentEgg (Canada’s leading job board and online career resource for students and recent grads).
If you’re just starting out, there’s a good chance you’ll end up applying for entry level jobs. Even those positions may ask for experience you may not have. That’s why volunteering is a great way to build that experience up! Depending on where you volunteer, you can gain experience in a variety of fields (even those you are applying to). Secondly, don’t overlook the soft skills you can build (team work, communication skills, adaptability, time management). Employers look for these qualities as well.
Update Your Resume
A fantastic way for you to build relevant experience on your resume is by volunteering in a field where you’d like to build a career. After all, a recent survey showed that 73 per cent of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
Volunteering at an organization in your industry of choice, is a natural way of networking with the right people and building soft skills. Plus, if you think about it – you might meet contacts who have contacts. It could very well lead you to the job you always wanted.
Working for “free” isn’t always a bad thing. Other managers can see your hard work! You might wake up one day and get rewarded with a job where you’re volunteering. Better yet – maybe your name will be passed on to a hiring manager.
Improve Your Interviews
If you’ve built up recent and relevant career experience, don’t you think you’ll have more confidence and more things to talk about in your job interviews? Of course! Plus, when you’re volunteering with a non-profit organization, you are also working somewhere that makes a positive difference in your community.
This week marks the 12th consecutive year for National Volunteer Week in Canada! National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers coast to coast. Volunteer Canada works with over 200 volunteer centres nationwide and can connect you to the region and organization that you desire. Yes I know – the hardest part is probably getting out there and staying motivated. To get you going, the Government of Canada published some great volunteer ideas to think about. Plus, in a previous blog, we talked about 40 ways to start volunteering. Check it out! Maybe it will help you find some place to start.
Personally, I’m involved with FirstOntario’s Blue Wave team – where over 170 employee volunteers dedicate their time to support events and activities in the places we call home. We’re proud of the efforts of our dedicated employees who contribute to building and sustaining our thriving communities. Check out some of Blue Wave’s involvement with Student Nutrition Programs in our region here.
To keep up to date with more great info on volunteering, you can follow along all month long using the #NVW2015 hashtag on Twitter.
Source: <a href="http://talentegg look at this now.ca/incubator/2013/04/23/5-ways-volunteering-can-boost-your-career/”>TalentEgg Guest Contributor.