The job market can be tough and when you’re struggling to find work, you may need to think of other ways to stand out. That’s where volunteering comes in. Not only does it allow you to gain invaluable practical skills and experience that look great on your CV, but it also demonstrates how much of a well-rounded person you are who is also interested in helping other people.
Here are just some of the benefits of volunteering in a bit more detail.
Improve your CV
You’ll need to decide what kind of experience you want to add to your CV and then find the voluntary work that’ll provide that experience.
Voluntary work can either be listed under ‘Work Experience’ or in ‘Additional Skills’ on your CV and if the voluntary work is directly related to the role you are applying for, mention it in your cover letter.
Once your CV’s looking more complete, you’ll find it easier to reach the interview stage, because employers understand the initiative and commitment you’ve made by completing volunteer work.
Gain transferable skills and experience
Volunteering opportunities can range from outdoor community projects through to web development and in certain sectors, such as health and social care, volunteering may even be a requirement.
Voluntary organisations are well aware that many people volunteer to in order to gain experience, and as long as you can demonstrate your commitment and dedication to the project from the outset, then it can be a great way to further yourself in your chosen career.
Do something that sparks your interest
The range of volunteering opportunities available in the UK alone is endless and it’s a fantastic way to advance your career building skills in an area that interests you.
If you don’t know where to begin with regards to what sector to work in, then you can speak to Local Charity Advisors, or look to online help such as do-it.org.uk and they’ll be able to match your requirements to the opportunities on offer.
Even though you won’t get paid (apart from expenses), you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in activities you may later want to pursue as a career.
What are you waiting for?
By demonstrating that you take part in meaningful activities in your spare time, you will show an employer that you are a well-rounded person with some interesting life experience, plus, it’ll also help you to meet new people, try new things and have some fun!