Volunteering for a job is a great thing to do: not only are you helping people, animals or certain causes, it also looks good on your resume. Especially if you don’t have a job at the moment, or if there’s going to be a huge time gap on your resume, you can show future employers that you are a hard worker and that you have been keeping busy. Over 60 millions Americans volunteer every year, and you can be one of them. Now you only need to make sure that you find a job that you can stick with. Check out these 4 tips below:
1. Find organizations
There are a lot of websites on which you can find volunteer work in your community. You can find a lot of different volunteer jobs on Craigslist, or you can look up a website that is specified in making volunteer matches. Once you found an organization that has the kind of job that you are interested in, contact them. You can do this by phone or email, and then you usually meet up with them and talk about the organization and the volunteer options. Another place where you can find volunteer jobs is community papers, or if you live near a community center, you could possibly find one there.
2. Right fit
When you volunteer somewhere, you are going to want to make sure that it is really something you are interested in. It is important that you actually enjoy the work that you’re doing, because otherwise it easy to get bored with the job and give up. Another thing to keep in mind is what your personal skills are. Organizations often prefer people with some kind of skills that are relevant to the job. If you want to work with animals, it will help if you have animals at home that you are used to taking care of, and if you want to work with computers, it will be good if you have excellent computer skills. At last, it is good to find volunteer work that has to do with something you are passionate about: sports, animals, children, human rights, etc.
3. Expect a challenge
Even though you are ‘only’ going to be a volunteer, it is important to understand that your work will still be a challenge. People at the organization are usually very passionate about the job, and they expect something from other volunteers. On the other hand, if you are working at a place where they don’t seem to take you seriously, and often blow you off and call you for help at different times than you had agreed to, it is better to quit the job and look for something else. As a volunteer you invest your time in a cause, and you should be treated with respect.
4. Make it count
One of the reasons that people get volunteer jobs is that it looks good on their resume. If it’s possible, it is good to pick a volunteer job that has something to do with what you want to do for a living in the future. For instance, if you are a student and you don’t have the time to build up a lot of experience due to other responsibilities that you have, you can always look for a volunteer job that only takes a few hours a week, or even less from you. Later you can put that on your resume, so that your employers see that you have made a few experiences in your college years, and that you have always been passionate about what you do.
Hopefully these tips help you get the best volunteer experiences. If you know good websites for volunteering, or have any other tips, please let us know.