It’s National Volunteer Week! And although you don’t expect anything in return for your volunteer time and efforts, what if I told you that your past and future volunteer work can actually boost your career? Well, it can. And here’s a few tips for how to Work It, Girl!
1. Avoid speaking of your volunteer positions as your doing “whatever needs to be done.” Instead, identify your key role and two or three main functions.
2. Know what you bring to the table and bring it on. Volunteer work can be a great place to showcase your skills, especially those you haven’t had the chance to use in paid positions as much as you’d like.
3. Learn something new. If your resume is missing a key skill or knowledge you need for your next career move, make it a goal to gain it from your volunteer work.
4. Treat your volunteer stint just like a paid job. Always perform to the very highest standards. Take the initiative to set your own performance goals and meet them. Dress, communicate and act like the professional you want to be.
5. Document your work. Keep a list of what you do, your accomplishments, and any training you obtain. Use this list to update your resume and to speak about in interviews during your next job search. These experiences just might increase your chances of landing a job or landing one a little sooner.
What volunteer experiences have contributed to your career? Which of these tips will you try?