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Written by Abby Kohut   

According to Wikipedia, volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain. Volunteering is an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. Aside from the goosebumps that you get when you help people less fortunate than you, there are also many other added benefits.

 
  1. Volunteering brings you natural joy because you are helping others. Just think about how you feel when you lift someone up who falls, or when you help a co-worker solve a problem, or when you help a child with his homework. Happier people land jobs faster because they exude positive energy and passion.
  2. Volunteering builds your network. Just think of all the new people that you will meet! Many people who volunteer are also working in 9-5 jobs. Some people are even business owners. Maybe one of them might want to hire you based on the passion that oozes out of you when you're doing something you love.
  3. You might want to hang your hat there for a while. I volunteered to become the NYC Networking Leader for Whine & Dine, a human resources networking group. Of all the jobs I have had, this position has been the most fulfilling and enjoyable because I have taught countless numbers of people how to network. What used to be just a volunteer opportunity has turned into a career.
  4. You can list your volunteer jobs as experiences on your resume where there would otherwise be gaps. Volunteering is a job, whether you get paid for it or not. And it certainly is better than telling your interviewer that you sat at home watching TV while you were out of work.
  5. Volunteers have good job karma. Remember back in the day when you were dating? How many more people found you attractive as soon as you started dating someone else? I rest my case.

If you're not sure where to start, just think of what you enjoy doing, whether you get paid for it or not. Coach little league, work with animals, organize a church group, paint schools, build houses, feed the homeless…you get the picture.  If you need some more ideas to get you started, check out:
http://www.idealist.org/
http://www.volunteermatch.org/

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Volunteering is a great way to fill gaps in employment while also broadening your network and potentially increasing your chances of landing quickly. Most of all, have fun with it!
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!