30 Jun How Can Volunteering Make You More Employable?
Did you know that volunteering can make you more employable? When you give your time to a worthy cause it’s good for your karma and your CV. Here are five skills you can develop when you volunteer.
When you volunteer it is a great chance to be given loads of responsibility and show how comfortable you are with it. Whether you’re organising an event, managing a team of fundraisers or improving a website, you’ll regularly get to demonstrate your responsibility and perhaps also your leadership skills. Leadership is an employability skill that’s very highly valued by employers and can give you lots of confidence in getting the job and beyond.
Volunteering usually takes place in teams so it’s a great chance to work on your team-working skills. Being able to work with other people is a valuable skill you need when you enter the world of work. There are very few places where you’ll work alone, especially when you’re just getting started with your career so employers love to see you’ve been there, done that when you apply for a job.
Communication skills make up a lot of the working world (and life in general). They’re essential for getting things done. When you’re volunteering, these communication skills of yours will get a great workout. You’ll be talking, writing and emailing with team members, parents, potential donors and more depending on what organisation you are working for. You may even be communicating with people who need extra care, like children with disabilities, helping them and your CV in the process.
A key skill for any employer is how you can handle things not quite going to plan. Being able to understand a problem, research the information available and come up with solutions is highly sought-after at work in all industries. As a volunteer you’ll get invaluable experience dealing with challenges and building the confidence to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Volunteering is always busy and there’s always something to do. Working in this environment means you’ll get really skilled at staying motivated, coming up with new ideas and bringing them to life. Taking initiative is very highly valued by employers as it shows you’re a passionate person who can make decisions quickly and demonstrates you’re happy to get started with projects. If you have a lot of initiative and a cause you’re particularly passionate about then you might even start your own charity and make the world a better place in your own style.
The fact that you are volunteering outside of school/college/work shows real character. You have taken the initiative to go and gain new skills, and at the same time do something good.
Remember to update your personal profile on www.startprofile.com with any volunteering work you’ve done