Here’s an interesting stat for the middle of your week: Per this article and a Corporation for National and Community Service report, volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
Now, is this reason enough to volunteer for local organizations and community causes? NO! You should let your passions and values influence where, how and why you volunteer somewhere, and that enough should be rewarding.
But there are indeed some very tangible bonus benefits of volunteering to those seeking a job. The article reinforces the two major positives I’ve seen in this situation:
- Volunteering extends your network. You’ll meet new people from new professions who instantly see shared values and interests. Plus your volunteering will demonstrate skills like organization and leadership that apply in the workplace.
- Volunteering helps fill gaps in resumes. Sometimes our job search lasts longer than we like. This leads to periods where our resume is empty. Volunteering proves that you value your time and proactively used your talents and passions to contribute to the greater good.
Have you experienced additional perks to volunteering during a job search? Let me know your experiences in the comments!