The holiday season is more than just presents and your favorite movies airing on TV. Along with all of the festive cheer is another side filled with volunteer activities for those in need. If one of your goals for the year is to volunteer more or even to help others in need, whether this is based on a family ritual or a personal goal, volunteering is a great way to efficiently utilize your free time to help others… and your resume.
Whether you are studying graphic design courses or accounting training, you can use your job aspirations for a greater mission. Many non-profits actually have more use for individuals with specialized skills rather than those with the more generalist educational approach of international development or humanitarian training.
Leveraging your experience to make your resume stand out
Make your resume stand out by aligning your skills with your long-term goals. This means that you should be considering volunteer opportunities that will also benefit your career. For example, if your career goal is a job as a medical office assistant, then consider volunteering with a medically focused non-profit organization. The organization will benefit from your training and it will make a good addition to your resume.
The beauty of volunteering at non-profit organizations is that in addition to sharing your time and your skills, you will also be learning more. Indeed, volunteers at non-profits typically have to take on a variety of tasks throughout the day and multi-task their time. Highlight this on your CV by demonstrating that, even though you are a specialist in your field, you are also well rounded and flexible in taking on a variety of tasks, which many employers want to hear when they are potentially hiring additional employees.
Lastly, through volunteering, you will learn about the jobs skills which will be crucial when you are looking for that first position in your field post-graduation. Since we all know that it’s difficult to find a job without experience, but difficult to obtain experience without a job, volunteering has become that ideal way to break out of what is essentially a symbiotic rut.
And finally, some questions to keep in mind when you are considering a volunteering opportunity:
- Is this type of experience that I will enjoy doing?
- Will this experience be beneficial to my long term career?
- Will future employers be interested in my CV based on this experience?