A job hunt can be a long and frustrating process, especially if you have any employment gaps in your resume. The proactive job hunter knows that volunteering can fill those gaps and enhance her professional experience. When you fill in your employment gaps with pertinent volunteering work, it helps to add to your experience and it can also put you in touch with people who may be able to advance your career, or even offer you employment.
Volunteer work is all around you, but there can even be times when you have gaps in your volunteer jobs. When you have downtime from your volunteer work, you should expand your educational background by taking classes that are pertinent to your industry. You do not need to take classes which cover weeks and weeks of material. You can take weekend seminars and sit in on short small business training classes at your local community college. This will be your way of making sure that your downtime is always something that adds value to your resume.
Volunteer For A Potential Employer
If you have spent any amount of time looking for work, and then you have heard how budget cuts and a slowing economy are affecting hiring decisions. Even if you can prove that you can add value to the company, you can still be left out of the hiring process. One of the solutions to this problem is to volunteer to work for the company for free for a set period of time. The company gets the benefit of your services without having to compensate you for them, and you get the chance to show the company what you can do. It is one of the best ways to show the company the real value you bring.
Volunteer For A Charitable Organization
Charitable organizations need accountants, computer programmers, computer repair specialists and sales professional’s just as much as for-profit companies. Contact the charitable organizations in your area and volunteer your services. Make sure that the organization has need for what you do and always try to get volunteer work that highlights your professional skills. One of the advantages to getting involved in local charitable organizations is that many of the more prominent business leaders in your community also get involved in those charitable organizations. Once you establish your value to the organization and show the various business leaders what you can do, the job offers may just start rolling in. Another advantage to volunteering for a charitable organization is that even if a business leader is not currently involved in that charitable organization, he may have been involved in the past.
Your volunteer work could be a referral that would have never expected. Some business leaders respect and appreciate people who put their talents to work helping volunteer organizations. When you have that kind of experience on your resume, then you are giving yourself credibility in the business community. When you are in-between jobs, which is when you should work on your professional experience and educational background. Look for volunteer opportunities that will help you to hone your professional skills and enhance your resume experience. Volunteering can also be a great way to network and find that company that is willing to hire you for a full-time position.