6 ways volunteering can benefit you and your career
Looking for work? Volunteering has many benefits but did you
know it can also benefit your career? Here’s how you can improve your
employability and make volunteering work for you.
Give you an opportunity to try new things and discover what
you are passionate about.
If you are unsure about what direction you would like to
take in your career, volunteering may be the answer for you. Explore your
passion by choosing an organisation that supports a cause you care about. Make
the most of it and try out a range of roles to discover your interests or find
a position that suits you.
Help you build relationships and expand your personal and
Volunteering is an easy and fun way to meet new people and
find other like-minded individuals. Working with other volunteers is an
informal and authentic way to network with others. These new contacts may know
of new job opportunities or you may find some strong resume referees.
Allow you to learn new skills and boost your experience.
Increase your employability by gaining skills and knowledge.
Learning while in a volunteer role can be a stress-free way to build new skills
because it doesn’t have the same pressure as paid work. Any volunteering role
will help in developing and enhancing your skills in communication,
problem-solving and teamwork, so adding this kind of experience creates a well-rounded
Demonstrate valuable personality traits to hiring managers.
Including volunteer work on your resume shows prospective
employers you are committed, proactive and loyal, which are valued qualities. Including
volunteer work on your resume can convey more about your personality and that
you are self-motivated to employers.
Give you a sense of purpose, or structure.
Giving back and working in an area you are passionate about
can give you a sense of purpose or meaning. If you have been out of work,
regularly volunteering can give your life structure and can get you back into
the routine of working life.
Boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Unemployment can sometimes negatively impact how you feel
about yourself. Contributing and accomplishing everyday goals in your volunteer
role can increase your self-esteem and confidence. The simple act of helping
others or feeling like you are making a difference can be very rewarding.
STEPS Charity offers a range of volunteer opportunities, contact us today to find out how you can help us build brighter futures 07 5458 3000 .