It is easy to recognize the benefits of volunteer work to those who take advantage of the services provided. But don’t underestimate the benefits to you personally when you undertake this kind of work. Volunteering can provide you with a way to meet new people, expand your skills, and boost your self-esteem. You will gain career experience along the way as well.
Make sure any volunteer work you do is noted on your resume. If you are unsure of what direction your career is taking, exploring different opportunities through volunteering is a great way to test the waters. You also are networking as you work. You are meeting people in a field you are interested in, who could become important contacts by either offering you a job or highly recommending you for one.
Where should you volunteer? A good place to start is anywhere you would be interested in working. Follow your interests or career path. Approach an organization or company, and ask if they accept volunteers. Be honest about your ability to commit to a certain amount of time and what types of jobs you would be interested in. You may be surprised at all of the opportunities out there.