Donating your time not only allows you to help your community to thrive, but it also allows you to grow as a professional. There are plenty of reasons volunteering is a smart career move. Here are a few.
It allows you to get experience.
Volunteering isn’t just a great way to give back to your community, it’s also a great way to boost your resume. Why? It allows you to develop new skills, hone old ones, build your network, and get more valuable work experience (no, you don’t have to get paid to get work experience!).
Don’t have any real work experience? Thinking about making a career change and lacking experience? Trying to fill a gap on your resume? Volunteering is a great way to jumpstart your resume so you can land more opportunities down the line.
It makes you more hirable.
According to a LinkedIn survey, 20% of hiring managers in the U.S. agree they have hired a candidate because of their volunteer work experience. The survey also revealed that unemployed people who volunteer are 27% more likely to be hired than people who do not volunteer.
So, if you’re trying to get hired anytime soon, you might want to consider volunteering for an organization or cause in your area.
It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests.
If you’re passionate about a cause, event, or an organization, volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet other people who share your interests. This is not only a great way to meet new friends in your area, but it’s also a wonderful way to build a strong professional network of like-minded people.
When you have a strong network, you’ll have a better chance of learning about new opportunities, getting great referrals, getting the right introductions, and other things that will allow you to succeed as a professional.
The best part about volunteering? There are so many different ways to give back, which means there are opportunities out there that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re cleaning up a local park, mentoring a young person, helping the elderly, or helping out at a shelter, you’re impacting your community in a way that allows it to succeed. And that’s pretty special.
Volunteer with Catapult Seacoast!
Interested in volunteering? Join Catapult Seacoast on August 17th from 5:30-7pm to increase public access at Pine Island, a mix of wetland and forest habitat owned by the City of Portsmouth. This unique conservation property borders Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth NH.
You can also find volunteer opportunities in New Hampshire at VolunteerNH.org or by simply searching for “volunteer opportunities Seacoast NH” online.