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VOLUNTEERING / JUL. 16, 2013
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Why a Voluntary Stint Could Improve your Employment Prospects

Some people might recoil at the thought of working for free but working as a volunteer can bring with it countless rewards. During particularly trying economic times, working as a volunteer may be the best decision you ever made as it brings with it the chance to meet new people, expand your network and develop your career. Therefore if you are looking to develop your career but are not sure how, you may wish to consider volunteering.

No better time than the present to volunteer

When the global economic recession took a turn for the worse, many individuals were forced out of employment. Although they were educated, qualified and met all the criteria of the position, the competition to find new employment grew incredibly difficult as the market became saturated with highly qualified job seekers.

As a result many job seekers have been inspired to undertake voluntary employment. Whether in their home country or in an overseas location, voluntary work brings with it a number of benefits, including the chance to meet new people, learn a new skill and experience something different. It is also an excellent opportunity to explore your career options, broaden your horizons and learn about an industry that is of interest to you.

Further to the above, volunteering gives job seekers the chance to network with others, meet experts in the field and establish whether or not this industry is for them.

Evidence in favor of volunteers

A survey conducted found that employers prefer do-gooders as this suggests they will be willing to go out the extra mile when employed. When reviewing an application, recruiters are no longer looking exclusively at paid work experience, but also at voluntary experience. Provided the experience can be used to justify a skill or ability, they are more than happy to accept this in a quantifiable and positive light.

Additional benefits to volunteering

  • Spice up your CV
  • Build your skills
  • Change your perspective
  • Clarify career direction
  • Lead to jobs 
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