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How Volunteer Work Can Lead to a Job

Last updated July 12, 2021

There are many reasons for volunteering: you may feel connected to a cause, need to earn community service hours for school, want to gain perspective, and build community. These are all great reasons to volunteer AND you should also know that volunteering can also help you get a job!

According to a recent federal study by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps, volunteering can be a great gateway to jobs! According to the study:

  • Volunteers have a 27% higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
  • Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51% higher likelihood of finding employment.
  • Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55% higher likelihood of finding employment.

There are many benefits to volunteering that can translate into getting a job. Here are just a few:

Develop new skills

Volunteering can be a positive way to gain skills. Depending on what kind of volunteering you’re doing you can learn project management, volunteer management, and working on a team. Be sure to take time to reflect on not only the activities you are doing, but also the skills you’re learning and write them down for your resume!

Add experience to your resume

Volunteer experience is also professional experience. On your resume, list the organization and dates of your service to show that you take initiative, strive to grow, and give back to your community. Who doesn’t want those qualities in a new employee?!

Expand your network

Finding a job can often be connected to “who you know”, or your network. When you volunteer, you will likely meet new people and get exposed to folks you wouldn’t meet otherwise. Be sure to introduce yourself, ask about what they do outside of volunteering, and develop a relationship. You already know that you share values around being a positive influence in the world so who knows what else you have in common?

Build self-esteem and confidence

Volunteering means that you are stepping into something larger than yourself which is a proven means to boost positive self-image and self-esteem. It feels good to be of service to others and you can feel confident in the positivity you are putting into the world. Take that confidence with you into your job applications and interviews.

Be sure to check out our resources on Virtual Volunteer Opportunities and if you need help putting your volunteer experience into your resume be sure to text #Jobs to 33-55-77.

How Volunteer Work Can Lead to a Job

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