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Can Volunteering Actually Help Your Career Prospects?

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Volunteering isn’t just a great way to improve your community. It can also help build up your resume.

People often think of volunteering as a wholly selfless pursuit, trying to benefit the community around you as a means of pursuing good deeds. While the humanitarian reasons behind volunteering are certainly just as important as any other cause, it’s not the only motivator for getting involved in volunteer work. Volunteering can actually be a huge addition to your resume and help your career prospects in a few other ways. If you were looking for even more motivation to get started with volunteering, consider what it could do for your professional life.

Networking

Volunteering is a huge social opportunity wherein you meet tons of other volunteers and even sometimes people in need who can be future resources for you. Expanding your network of contacts gives you more options when looking for a new job and you may end up finding more valuable contacts through volunteer work than you originally expected.

Valuable on Resumes

Hiring manages notice volunteer work and if you take the time out of your busy schedule to engage with volunteering, it can be a huge resume booster. According to one survey, a whopping eighty-one percent of hiring managers believe volunteer experience to be valuable. Not only does volunteer work show employers that you are an empathetic, caring person, but it also shows that you are full of energy and passion to get a job done—even if it isn’t paid work.

Discovering Passions

What may start as a simple means of giving back to your community or keeping yourself busy could turn into a lifelong passion. Some people are lucky enough to turn their volunteer position into a satisfying full time job, but even if that isn’t the case, it may make you aware of a field you never even knew existed.

Learning Valuable Skills

Volunteer work is a great substitute for getting in on-the-job training. Perhaps you don’t spend a lot of time interacting with the general public at your current job—volunteering with the homeless might be a satisfying way to get in some experience working with others outside of what opportunities your job gives you. Many local organizations will welcome you on board and give you a chance to improve yourself if that’s what you want.

Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Volunteering in Baltimore

To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

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