Benefits of VolunteeringMindy Schultz | March 4th, 2011
There are many articles and comments floating around that volunteering can boost one’s future job prospects. Although volunteer work isn’t always as easy to come by at all jobs (museums, hospitals etc. are generally always looking for volunteers), offering free help to any type of business is always appreciated. Time after time the phrase, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” comes into play. Imagine that you have been a volunteer at a particular job for quite some time now. You now understand how the company runs, what the culture is like, what it takes to be successful there, and most importantly, the people who run the company. Now imagine that a job opening suitable to your skills and qualifications suddenly opens up. The chances of the employer approaching you about the position, and taking your skills and qualifications seriously into account, have now been raise significantly.
Throughout my journey of finding a job, whether post graduation or throughout the summers in between, this has been a life lesson I have had to force myself to learn and understand. Loyalty to a company is really significant. There might not always be a full-time opportunity at the business you dedicate your time to, but networking yourself with the right people is only benefitting your own personal growth. The more people you know, and who know your situation, the better your end results will be. And it doesn’t just end there. Regardless of your situation, unemployed, employed etc., it is important to keep your doors open. Even though you may have a full-time position, volunteering at another business occasionally can still be important. With the economy the way it is currently, the job market is unpredictable. By volunteering, creating contacts, and a creating a name for yourself elsewhere, you are constantly making yourself better and opening yourself to new opportunities.
About the Author: Mindy Schultz is a recent college graduate from Indiana University. Aside from looking for a full-time position in Journalism or Communications, Mindy spends her time writing for SixDegreesofZR.com and is a part-time employee at the University of Houston acting as a TA for a professor. She is best known for her bubbly personality, sweet nature, and dedication to work. Mindy holds a BAJ in Journalism from Indiana University as well as a Certificate in Business.