Do you want to make a difference? If so, volunteering your time to a worthy cause is the perfect way to give back.
People often associate this with giving but helping those less fortunate often has more benefits than you may think. When you invest your time in a charitable organisation and its mission, it’s important that you proactively look for ways to make the most of the experience; especially as it’s a great opportunity to learn and grow and looks great on your CV.
After all, it’s not only paid experience that matters. If you’re still not sure how offering your time can benefit you, here are three ways volunteering can boost your CV.
- It proves that you want the experience
There’s an ongoing problem that all job hunters come across at some stage: you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get the experience. And the reality of this situation can leave people feeling defeated and weary about applying for certain positions.
However, if you’re lacking experience, there are ample opportunities for you to get a taste of a new role by becoming a volunteer. Many people don’t know that you can volunteer to be anything from a social media manager to a graphic designer or fundraising manager.
By doing some unpaid work in a role that you’re interested in, you’re showing potential employers that you really want the job. This should help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for a role. However, if you want to make the most of your hard work, it’s important that you can clearly show how your involvement has benefitted the organisation and its cause.
It can be pretty tricky to get a job when you have little experience, but volunteering provides you with the opportunity to change that. Not only is it a great way to give back, but it also gives you something relevant to boast about in your applications!
- 2. Volunteering gives an insight into your interests and your personality
Everything you choose to do outside of work gives employers an insight into what you really care about. As such, it’s important that you support a cause that’s meaningful to you when you volunteer.
As most employers only have your CV to figure out whether you’re a good fit, you can include any charitable experience to help them see how well you fit into their culture. For example, a company that makes regular donations to charity or offers employees a chance to volunteer their time during working hours will see that you’re a great fit. As a result, this is likely to give you an advantage over the competition.
It’s not just your interests that employers look for when hiring new team members, it’s also the type of personality you have, too. Taking part in volunteering is a great way to give a company a feel for your character and what you stand for. It doesn’t just show that you like to give back, but it can also show leadership, intuition, determination and passion for a particular area.
- It shows you’re driven by more than money
Of course, any work you do as a volunteer will be unpaid, but this shouldn’t matter. The fact you’ve put yourself forward to work without financial reward will show your dedication to the area your working in.