Monday, 11 January 2016

How Volunteering Will Help Your Internship Search

We all know that having no experience makes the search for finding a full time internship more harder than it needs to be.

In today's competitive job market, you need more than your academic degree to stand out from the competition. There are so many factors at play and it's important to keep up with that your particular industry needs.

Well, have you ever thought about volunteering?  Volunteering is a good use of your time and will help you to keep sane whilst looking for full-time internship or employment!

Volunteering will improve your CV and will show possible employers that you are serious and focused.  You don't necessarily have to volunteer in a field where you want to end up. But having said that, at least be passionate about what you are doing - y u have more than one passion and your energy for you and not against you.  Also make sure that you get a good organisation that will help you build your brand.

How volunteering will help your internship search? What are the benefits of volunteering?

Gain Work Experience 

This is obviously the most important strategy in your internship search right now, especially if it’s the only thing keeping you from landing that dream job. Even if it’s just a few hours a week, your CV will speak of your behalf instead of having a big gap.

Score That Coveted Reference 

Think about it… most new grads look exactly alike on paper.  Volunteering will set you apart and will give you that one or two or three people can vouch for your skills. And these are experienced people who have seen you in action and can recommend you for that internship.  Try and find a spot at a place where you can gain some real work skills. And when you are there don't hold back. Go all the way.

Build Your Network

It’s not what you know, it’s WHO you. I know it sucks but it's the way things are. Such is life. People hire people who they have some kind of connection with because there’s much less risk. If you don’t know many people in your field, then you are at a distinct disadvantage. Volunteering allows you to grow your network and you can leverage those connections to network, find out about new positions and be at the forefront of people’s minds if/when they learn of a new opening.

Shows Passion and Focus

This is the message that volunteering conveys to your prospective employer.  When they check your CV, you become much more attractive because they can see that you are serious about your goals.

Most universities work closely with a number of organisations, community and voluntary groups and are able to provide a wide range of opportunities for students to broaden and enhance their learning through involvement in the community.

Remember, never under-estimate the importance of volunteering. It has it's place in our society and it could serve you well.  So go out there and find an NGO in your community that you can give your time and energy too. At the end you will not regret it.

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