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Volunteering is a great way to expand your network of influential people, build your skills, and enable others to see you in action. Finding the right opportunity, or creating one, could lead to a paycheck and a fulfilling career.
How do you select a volunteer position and organization where you can find an meaningful opportunity?
- Choose your volunteer experience carefully. Think about what volunteer position would be most likely to benefit your career. If you are looking for a marketing position, seek an organization that can use your marketing skills.
- Create your own opportunity. Form your own internship. An internship, paid or unpaid, is a great way to improve your skills and enhance your resume. For example, if you are looking for a job in public relations, find an organization that could benefit from your services and suggest that you’d like to intern there by writing blog posts or a newsletter. Make sure that the internship allows you to build your skills and enhance your visibility.
- Volunteer to write for an industry publication. Try this approach to position yourself as an expert. A well-written article seen by the right people can strengthen your resume and pay major dividends in credibility, visibility, and connections.
Job shadowing, once reserved for students, is a strategy that professionals are using to explore new careers. Through observing practitioners, asking questions, and completing real work, job seekers can gain valuable insight into new roles. You can job shadow with your current employer or in a new organization.
Follow the steps in this article, “Job Shadowing for Professionals: The 5-Steps You Need from Project Management Hacks,” to secure your own job shadowing opportunity.