Due to the sluggish job economy, some job seekers are resorting to nontraditional methods to stand out; for instance, some are creating interactive resumes, renting billboards, even auctioning their services on e-bay. Meanwhile, others are trying to fit in by ditching provocative wardrobes or removing visible tattoos. But if you lack the singing skills needed to post a music video on YouTube—or have a low pain tolerance—the good news is a little altruism can go a long way in helping you land the job of your dreams.
Gain relevant experience
One common hindrance in the job search process is lack of experience. This is especially true for recent college graduates applying for entry-level positions that require at least a few years of hands-on knowledge. Even though internships are a common solution, rewarding (and non-exploitive) ones can be hard to come by. Not to mention internships are often impractical for older adults living with dependents.
This is where volunteering comes in. By donating a few hours each week to assist an organization, job seekers enhance their capabilities, learn new skills, and fill in gaps in their resumes. Accordingly, it is wise for jobseekers to seek out positions that are fairly similar to the paying job they wish to have. For example, if you want to work in graphic design link up with a business in need of design for their flyers.
Create contacts for future employment
The second benefit of volunteering is it often comes with opportunities to network. The more interaction you have with gatekeepers or their colleagues, the more likely you are to find a job. Networking doesn’t have to be intimidating. Just make a continuous effort to introduce yourself to new people, build a relationship over common interests, and let them know what your goals are. After all, how is anyone going to know you need a job if you don’t tell them?
Ease the transition into a new career
Volunteering is especially valuable to career changers who wish to transfer their skills to a new field. Normally, these people would have to research a few businesses, then take a leap of faith into an available position and hope it works out. However, volunteering allows them to try out several industries, much like trying out a new wardrobe, to get a better idea of what industry fits best.
Give back to the community
The last and most rewarding benefit of volunteering is the increase in self-esteem that comes with helping others. Looking for a job inevitably involves rejection, which can shake the confidence of even the most self-assured individuals. Regularly visiting a positive environment can ease feelings of anxiety, and assure job seekers their time is valuable. To find a volunteer position in Colorado, visit any of these websites.