Finding a place to volunteer while looking for a job or new career is an excellent use of your time. It is a fulfilling and rewarding experience that benefits both the volunteer and the organization. It is a great way to be out amongst people who may be able to help you find employers who are hiring. Below are a few tips to help:

  • Think about the causes you are passionate about and your skills that can be useful to a non-profit organization.
  • Look for non-profit organizations in your community that align with your interests and values. Check their websites and social media pages to learn about their mission, programs, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Evaluate the organization’s reputation, financial stability, and impact. You can use online resources like Guidestar or Charity Navigator to research and compare non-profit organizations.
  • Contact the organization’s volunteer coordinator or staff to learn more about their volunteer opportunities, requirements, and expectations. Remember that you do not want to volunteer full-time. Once or twice a week would be great.
  • Start with a short-term or one-time volunteer opportunity to see if the organization fits you. This will also give you a better sense of the work and impact of the organization.

Volunteering is not only a way to give back to your community and make a difference. It is a great way to be seen in a good work environment.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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