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Why Volunteering is More Important Than Ever to Your Job Search

Many job seekers are discovering that volunteerism is gaining more importance as it relates to finding a job in today’s job market.  

Here are 5 great reasons to volunteer.

  1. It makes you feel good about yourself and what you are contributing to society. When you can walk into an interview with confidence about who you are and the accomplishments you have made, that confidence will show in that interview. It gives you something to talk about that will allow you to speak with passion! Do not underestimate the power of passion and how an employer will pick up on it.
  2. Volunteering is a great way to network. Most people get a business card and simply call you when they want something. Networking is much more powerful when you have a common interest with the people you are networking with. You see them more often and they get to see you display your abilities and strengths. This is also a great opportunity to get professional references.
  3. It provides you the opportunity to utilize your thinking skills, and develop other skills like project management. If you are volunteering somewhere that uses your expert knowledge, then you keep your skills fresh and sharp! You may also take on special projects you might not otherwise do in your job description.
  4.  Yes, I will say it……….. Volunteering looks good on your resume. It gives you depth; it gives you additional verbiage for your resume. It provides you with recent experience regardless if it is in your field or not. It can help you close an employment gap on your resume.
  5.  Most importantly, volunteering can turn into employment!! I have seen it happen over and over again. When you find something that you are passionate about and you love doing, you might as well get paid to do it.

 There are many ways to volunteer in your community and many organizations that can use volunteers. Here is a list of opportunities for medical professional to get involved. There are also opportunities for everyone to get involved!

http://www.operationsmile.org/about_us/

http://www.redcross.org/

http://www.carterbloodcare.org/youcanhelp/Volunteer

http://www.aidsarms.org/

http://www.bbbstx.org/site/c.8rJOK2MGJhLYH/b.6456467/k.432/Big_Brothers_Big_Sisters_of_Dallas_Fort_Worth_Houston__West_Central_Texas.htm

http://www.volunteernorthtexas.org/

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