Volunteering = Value

At this point, the majority of students (at any educational level) are on the verge of finishing school, or are already enjoying their summer holidays. Most of you are planning your trips to the cottage, BBQs, and your lazy beach days. But how many of you have included volunteering in your summer bucket list?

I know, I know- VOLUNTEERING. It doesn’t sound like fun. Just the thought of the word is often accompanied with the occasional groan and whiny comment about how “it sucks to work without getting paid”. But, you see, here’s the catch…

According to TimeBank, 73 per cent of employers would hire a candidate with volunteer experience over one without. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the importance of volunteering. Regardless of the location, or work type, volunteer experience may be one of the most valuable pieces of information on a resume.

To an employer, it illustrates an applicant’s initiative and desire to help an organization without expecting pay in return. Volunteering also shows that a person cares. Finding a spot in your busy schedule to help execute an event, or visit a homeless shelter, illustrates a sense of compassion and social responsibility.

Gaining new experiences, networking, and discovering new passions are also benefits of offering your spare time.

Volunteering not only makes you feel good (like you’re fulfilling part of your social responsibility), it adds value to your resume (which could land you that job!), and it demonstrates initiative and compassion.

So when you’re creating your ‘summer to-do’ list, don’t forget to check out a local organization to see if you can help them out. You won’t regret it in the long run!

Until next time!

Ash

Credits:

http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/resources/how-to-guides/volunteer/doc/benefits-of-volunteering.html

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/26/volunteeringcartoon5nw.gif/

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About davegauthier

I am a student of the public relations program at Algonquin college.
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