Volunteering as a Pathway to EmploymentOctober 27th, 2014
Many view volunteering as a one way street – the volunteer provides services to an organization and excepts nothing in return. But, did you know, volunteering can provide you with many added benefits, including being more likely to be hired for future jobs?
The Corporation for National and Community Service conducted extensive research and found the following fascinating facts:
- Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers
- Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51 percent higher likelihood of finding employment
- Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment
Volunteering introduces you to new people, helping you network within your community. You have the opportunity to build new skills, gain enhanced knowledge and work experience within a professional setting.
Do you have a section for volunteering on your resume? Do you keep it up to date? If you answered no to either of these questions, you might want to think again. According to a LinkedIn survey, 41% of employers consider volunteer service as much as their employment history. Surprisingly, only half those surveyed included their own volunteer work on their resume. Your volunteer work is a spotlight on your passions and talents that might not otherwise shine through.
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