Why Volunteering Matters In Job Search
If you are searching for new Lakeland jobs, you may have forgotten a new strategy. That is volunteerism. There are nonprofit organizations that you can volunteer in, whether in your community or outside of it. It’s a good way to spend your time while you are searching for a new job or employment.
But that’s not only to keep you occupied. Hiring managers also take notice of potential employees who have volunteer experience. That is why, you might have noticed, that in certain job application forms, there are questions about your volunteer experience. One study even showed that 65 percent of hiring managers look at the volunteer experience of a potential employee, and that it actually matters.
It’s important for hiring managers to see that you have not been idle. While it is okay to take a break from working sometimes, having no job for three or more months may be bordering on inactivity and incapability. If you are volunteering, or have volunteered, you can include this on your resume. You will notice how hiring managers are interested in your volunteer work by the number of questions they ask about it.
When you volunteer, you’ll also learn new skills. Volunteering in a nonprofit organization is not just about stuffing envelopes, answering the phones, or making coffee. They may ask you to organize an event, write a press release, make a corporate video, or organize materials. Since it’s a nonprofit organization, they need all the help they can get.
Volunteering will also help you develop new skills. This is especially important if you want to transfer to a new industry and switch careers. Volunteering for that industry will help you get a feel if you’re really up for that new job. It’s like testing the waters. You will also meet a lot of like-minded people and players in the same industry.
These same people would then be able to vouch for your reliability, competitiveness and capability because they have already worked with you. Now, they can give glowing recommendations that can help you land Lakeland jobs. And since they belong to the same industry, the voices of your reference people will matter because these are the same people who your potential company has been working with.
Of course, in the end, you will also be boosting your self-confidence. When you’re out of work, you may question yourself and your abilities. But, volunteering will give you a sense of accomplishment.
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