Volunteer to Get Valuable Work Experience

Day 4 of 30 Days to Your Dream Job

Smiling volunteers at construction frame
••• Hero Images / Getty Images

Volunteer work is a great way to showcase particular skills, or develop experience in a particular industry.

Today’s task is to find a short-term volunteer project (or a part-time, long-term project) that will help you develop a particular skill or experience that is essential for your dream job. Even volunteering a few hours a week will give you skills for your resume, and connections who can help your job search.

Volunteer to Get Experience

First, think of an important skill or skills for your dream job that you would like to develop. Then, consider volunteer work that will help you develop that skill.

For example, if you need more experience with patient care, consider volunteering at your local hospital. If you need to develop fundraising experience, ask if local nonprofits or volunteer programs need fundraising assistance. If you want to work with animals, volunteer at a local shelter or offer to help an animal rescue group.

Volunteer to Expand Your Network

Volunteering is also a great way to expand your network of connections. Consider volunteering for an organization related to your industry, as a way to make new contacts who can potentially help you with your job search. The more people you know, the better positioned you will be to get hired.

Find a Volunteer Opportunity

To find an ideal volunteer project to suit your needs, visit one of these online volunteer resources.

Once you have begun volunteer work, you can then add that experience to your resume.

Volunteer work is a great way to give back to your local community, expand your network, and have fun – all while enhancing your job search. In addition, there’s a chance a volunteer position can turn into a job.