Three Professional Pluses of Volunteering

Today’s guest post is written by Mariana Ashley.

More often than not, volunteering is discussed as a way to enrich your personal life and your community. While these enrichments are undeniably true, volunteering offers several other significant benefits to other aspects of any individual’s life. One of the most significant advantages volunteering can have on an individual’s life is within the professional realm. While many business-minded individuals might see volunteering for professional reasons as a waste of time, committing your efforts to something even without receiving pay for it can notably supplement your resume. Finding a job and a career is a difficult task, increasingly so in today’s destitute economic atmosphere. Use volunteering as a way to better yourself, your community, and your resume. Below are three ways in which volunteering can boost your professional reputation and potentially lead you to a better paying, more rewarding career.

1. Gain Professional Experience: Volunteering can supplement your professional expertise in many ways. With volunteering you have the chance to explore a new career or field without having to make a long-term commitment. You can gain experience directly at an organization that does the kind of work you think you might be interested in. You can use volunteering as an opportunity to try out the field or area that interests you. If you find that you enjoy the field, you can use your volunteering experience as a leg up on your competition. With finding a job becoming an increasingly difficult task, volunteering is a great way to build your resume. Put your volunteering work on your professional resume to show employers that you are ready to work and have not just been sitting on the couch all day. Furthermore, volunteering can teach you valuable job skills. Just because you are performing unpaid work does not mean you are performing basic skills. Volunteering can teach you new skills and develop skills you already have. Many volunteering opportunities build on skills in communication, organization, management, marketing, and many more. Sell these skills on your resume to make the most of your volunteering work in the professional world.

2. Escape the Stresses of Work: One aspect of volunteering that is very often overlooked within the professional arena is stress relief and self empowerment. Volunteering, as we all know, makes us feel good about ourselves. Helping others and helping our community builds a strong sense of self-worth. This confidence and self-improvement is important within the professional sector. Becoming a happier and more relaxed person will help you to become a happier and more relaxed employee. Going to work every day can put a lot of tension and stress on an individual. By taking time for yourself, you may find it easier to enjoy your days at work. Individuals who are happy and stress free are more likely to perform better. This means that using volunteering as a method of relaxation may help you perform at a higher level in your regular job. A better performance means better pay and a better position.

3. Expand Your Professional References: Volunteering offers incredible networking opportunities. By volunteering within your community you meet many new people from all different areas of life, including community leaders. One of the best ways to boost your career is through networking. Networking has become the number one way to find jobs and gain professional credibility. Not only will you develop lifelong personal and professional relationships, you can also hear about job openings, learn about potential employers from insiders, and develop fabulous professional references. Moreover, if you are a successful volunteer and are able to move up the volunteering ranks, your supervisor can be used as a great reference on job applications. He or she can speak to your motivation and determination within an area that you are not even being paid for. Desire and determination are two traits that are invaluable to potential employers.

Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online college. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031


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