Finding that next career, in a challenging economy, requires skill; it requires hard work, and it also requires creativity. The internet is saturated with candidates looking for jobs.
Networking events are often standing room only affairs; where the main attraction receives so much attention that movie stars would be envious, and you get 5 minutes of face time, at the most. To get ahead, you must outthink and out maneuver your competition. Have you ever thought about volunteer work?
The words “skilled volunteer” gives some people visions of hard work with no pay. It may have been that way before, but now volunteer work can truly be a door to your next great opportunity.
“I’ve seen it happen before” says Robert Rosenthal, director of communications for VolunteerMatch.org. In fact, says Rosenthal, “volunteering offers a unique opportunity that internet sites (alone) and networking events simply do not match.”
Says Rosenthal: “Check out our internet site. Plug in your city (where you want to volunteer) and a key word/field (e.g. marketing), and you are on your way. There are volunteer positions and volunteers needed for most every person, and every skill set.”
Rosenthal goes on to say that “When you volunteer your skills, you develop both leadership experience and add to your personal portfolio. You also often get an opportunity to make an impression on decision makers at the organization as well as other skilled volunteers. Any of these new relationships can become important professional contacts.”
Rosenthal¹s position is very compelling, and believable. “You win, because you position yourself to take the next step in your career. The volunteer organization wins, because they gain access to deep reservoirs of skills and expertise in the community. The community wins, because local problems are being solved more effectively.”
Rosenthal adds; “there are several key potential outcomes that could come as a result of volunteering. First, you may wind up working side by side with important contacts. Second, you will develop new skills and polish old ones in dynamic new ways. Third, you’ll discover new strengths you may never have known you had — not to mention new abilities to make a serious impact in your own local community. Yes, you can put all of that on your resume.”
It is very hard to argue with Rosenthal’s logic. In fact, I’m signing up for volunteer work today. Are you?
The volunteer match website: www.VolunteerMatch.org
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