The Fourth of July is the day in which we celebrate our country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. In the spirit of this holiday, let’s break out as well and change the way we think about volunteering. Volunteering does not have to be a one-way street where you all you do is give, give, give. There is so much you can get in return when you volunteer. (And I’m not talking about that warm and fuzzy feeling that you get, although that is my favorite.) We understand that it’s hard to give away your time freely in this economy, so here are a few tips to make volunteering work for you this holiday season.
- Network: You’d be surprised at how many professionals make time to volunteer in their community. What could be better for your career than networking while helping a good cause?
- Create references: A good reliable reference is hard to find, but because you helped their cause, they want to help yours too.
- Fill the gap: Employers don’t want to see a six-month gap on your resume. They want hire the go-getter who keeps busy. So why not fill in that gap with some social good.
- Lastly, there is that warm gushy feeling in your heart that could give this year’s Fourth of July fireworks a run for its money.
It’s time to make volunteering work for you and increase the percentage of Americans who participate in this act. Currently 73% of Americans don’t volunteer... and frankly, that’s just un-American.
-- Jody Courtney