In the spirit of Valentine’s day I thought I’d share a little note on Volunteerism. HuffPost Impact did a neat piece last week on Valentine’s Day Ideas: 7 Volunteer Dates. The article encouraged people to give their time to a cause they like with a loved one as opposed to just the cliche Vday dinner and chocolate thing. I think this was such a good idea so thought I’d share it but also make a mini case for how volunteering could help your career.
Everyday thousands of dedicated people donate their time to charities and causes they care about. When you’re thinking about your career development, volunteerism can help you achieve your goals and get noticed!
So Why Volunteer?
- Sharing is caring:Â There’s nothing more satisfying than being part of ideas that matter. Due to low funding many non profit organizations are always looking for extra hands especially when you have a skill-set they could use. Helping others will ultimately help you because it’s a reflection to potential employers of the kind of person you can be i.e there’s more to you than just the static skill on the first page of your resume, you have passion and a heart for the world around you.
- Learn while caring:Â One of the coolest part of volunteering for something is that you quite frankly can learn or develop skills while doing so. For example, if you want to develop event planning s
- Networking:Â You just never know who you’re going to meet when you volunteer. Because millions of different types of people from all walks of life give their time to causes close to their hearts, it makes it the perfect meeting ground. Some of the greatest mentors and friends have been through volunteerÂ endeavours.
- Get Noticed: The most successful people in the world tend to be dedicated volunteers in their free time. When you shine through giving back, you’ll get noticed for your talents and heart!
- It’s actually experience: I’ve met many people who say they need experience or they can’t get a job because they don’t have much on their resume. Volunteer experience is actual experience. It’s a great way to build your skills, showcase your talent and build your dynamic resume.
There you have it folks. Now go out and volunteer!
If you need help identifying volunteer opportunities in you local area, ask me how.