Volunteering week is 1st-8th June and to celebrate, we at Matchitude wanted to share three key ways that volunteering can increase your employability.
1) An opportunity to take on more responsibility.
Volunteering can give you the opportunity to take on more responsibility than you have in your current job. Whether you're a marketing assistant looking for a chance to show your ability to manage projects, or a retail worker who is ready to start leading a team, taking on responsibility in a voluntary role is a great way to show that you're ready to be trusted in the next level of your career.
2) An opportunity to do something different.
Volunteering can be a chance to try something new, or a stepping stone to making your hobby into a career. Volunteering carries a bit more weight for employers than simply doing something as a hobby. And, as charities are often overstretched, it can be a lot easier (not to mention more forgiving as you learn the ropes!) to start by doing it for free.
Pick a charity that you support and then you can enjoy doing some good while you build your skills.
3) Showing that you are a team player.
Taking part in your community by volunteering (even online volunteering) shows your willingness to put others ahead of yourself and work as part of a team. These qualities are really important to employers: volunteering, especially if it's something that you do regularly, can definitely give you an edge over other candidates.
If this has made you think about starting to volunteer, there are many places that you can go to find opportunities. Pick a charity or organisation that you feel strongly about them and contact them directly. You may also want to get in touch with the police and fire services about their programs, or local schools, hospitals and care homes.
The website Do it is a great resource if you're stuck as it has a database full of voluntary opportunities (short term and long term) all over the UK and online.
When you're done, make sure to add your volunteer activities to your Matchitude prospectus so employers who find you can appreciate your work, too!