Why Volunteering Is Good For Your Career

By Nicole Williams

Published: Tuesday, July 7, 2015   /   Categories: Leadership

Millions of professionals donate their time volunteering that
impacts the lives of others, but it turns out volunteering is as good for your
career as it is to those you help. Here’s how:

Helping Others Matters – All that time you spent raising record
amounts of money, the year-end event you planned to perfection all felt like
real work and…it was. New research from LinkedIn shows that one out of
every five hiring managers in the U.S. agree they have hired a candidate
because of their volunteer work experience. Your volunteer experience counts
and if you don’t include it in your profile, on your resume or when you’re
negotiating for a promotion you’re not getting the credit you deserve.

Test-Drive Your Passion – A truism of career success is that
passion correlates with talent and talent translates to reward (both financial
and emotional).  One of the safest ways of test-driving your passion as a
career is to volunteer your talents.  Not only do you get to try your hand
at a repertoire of new skills and experiences in a low-risk forum, but you’ll
also be showcasing these talents to a whole host of peers who may just happen to have the connections
you need to get hired.

You Never
Know Who You’re Going to Meet – The majority of career
enhancing opportunities come through relationships and volunteering exposes you
to people you wouldn’t encounter otherwise.  And get this: volunteer
relationships are particularly beneficial since many of the folks you interact
with while volunteering are usually driven, conscientious professionals who can
be a great referral. Volunteering offers a whole new world of qualified
and valuable connections.

Noticed / Motivated – The most
successful people in the world dedicate their efforts to a cause that extends
beyond themselves and your boss and / or hiring manager are well aware of
this. In this hypercompetitive world of work, volunteering not only
provides you the opportunity to showcase your talents and experiences, but it
also allows you to demonstrate compassion and commitment.

Nicole Williams--Career Expert / Bestselling author / Career Columnist at U.S. News & World Report / Keynote SpeakerGreater New York City AreaProfessional Training & Coaching




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