|Volunteering While in
Transition Has Many Hidden Advantages
by Alex Freund
While in transition, you’re after a paid job, not
working for free. It’s natural to feel that way, but in
fact volunteering could be the thing that gets you your
next position. It’s happened often to job seekers.
Volunteering has many rewarding facets, and most of them
remain hidden till you uncover them by performing
volunteer activities. Abby Kohut, president of Staffing
Symphony LLC, recommends that 20 percent of a job
seeker’s time be spent on volunteering.
Volunteering is a benevolent activity that could be
extremely rewarding, especially for those in transition
who need to hear a thank-you once in a while. Helping
others is inherently enriching and satisfying. Providing
assistance for others and lending a hand to people in
need certainly qualify as good deeds. And when you give,
you also get.
In general, people are open to the idea of volunteering
but usually don’t take steps to initiate it because of
the unknown and because they don’t know how to go about
finding a suitable spot. Two decisions have to be made
toward that end: First is to decide what type of
volunteering interests you. Second is to decide where to
find it. My advice is to search the Internet for the
words finding volunteering opportunities. From
there you’ll be guided to settling on your decisions.
Since volunteering is unpaid, your commitment can be
short- or long-term. Make sure that during involvement
in volunteer activities you take advantage of the
opportunity to get acquainted with other people.
Volunteering makes for an excellent occasion to network
with people who appreciate your commitment to volunteer.
Such people will listen to you and likely want to
reciprocate. Make the most of it.