Volunteering has a number of benefits to help your career and according to a 2016 study by Deloitte, respondents were greatly in favor of volunteering as a professional development tool.
An online survey was given to 2,506 respondents in 13 major metropolitan areas who were currently responsible for either hiring or indirectly influencing a hiring decision.
Among the findings:
- 92% believe volunteering expands an employee’s professional skill set
- 85% were willing to overlook resume pitfalls when an employee includes volunteering on a resume.
- 82% are more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience
- 80% believe volunteering is an effective way to boost leadership skills
- 73% believe people who volunteer are more successful
Now that we know the value of volunteering to hiring professionals, let’s outline the career benefits.
Learn New Skills/Refine Existing Skills
If you are new to the job market with little work experience, volunteering can be a great opportunity to gain new skills and practical work experience. Skilled professionals also have the opportunity to gain new skills as well as the chance to practice and refine their existing skills.
Fill Employment Gaps On Your Resume
Many people have found themselves in between jobs at some point in time. Volunteering is a great way to show potential employers that you took the initiative during this time to help an important cause while improving/maintaining your skills.
Expand Your Professional Network
Do not forget to share your career goals with other volunteers and nonprofit personnel. These people may be able to help you get job leads you would not have found on your own. And, be sure to connect with your network on LinkedIn and add your nonprofit experience to your LinkedIn profile.
Potential employers are most likely going to ask you for references. If you did a great job while volunteering, then you should have no problem getting a great reference.
Possible Job Opening
You may end up volunteering for an organization that has a paid staff. By demonstrating your motivation and hard work may provide you with an advantage if the nonprofit has an opening for a paid position.
Do not forget to add your volunteer experience to your resume. List the organization and the dates you volunteered. Be sure to use your responsibilities as a title, i.e. “project manager”, and list out your accomplishments.
Keep in mind that volunteering also allows for personal growth and satisfaction. Helping others is often a rewarding experience and an opportunity for you to grow as an individual and to make an impact on your community.
We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with The Loveland Initiative, please contact our Executive Director, Terri Rogers at 513-739-2354 or via email.