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How Volunteering Helps Your Job Search

How Volunteering Helps Your Job Search

It’s a tough job market out there, and for anyone searching for a new position, new network or entirely new career, the hunt can be difficult. Employers are looking for more than just a good employee; they want someone with experience, good people skills and who stands out from the crowd. So how can you compete in such a difficult market?

When employers are looking for someone unique, make your resume jump out by adding volunteer experience. How can volunteering boost your job search? We’re going to find out.

1. Expand your network.
Volunteering at a local nonprofit organization pushes you out of your comfort zone and gives you the opportunity to meet with other community professionals in a non-work environment. And while networking isn’t always easy, volunteering makes it easier.

Whether you’re volunteering at a soup kitchen or serving on a nonprofit board, you will be introduced to an entirely new field of professional organizations. Where there’s a connection, there’s a network just waiting to be tapped into—that your potential employer could be a part of.

2. Demonstrate community leadership.
If you’ve had a difficult time finding leadership opportunities at past jobs or organizations, volunteering is a chance to show just how much of a leader you can be. In fact, according to Monster.com, 93% of workers surveyed said that volunteering gave them the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills like never before.

Volunteerism shows your employer that you’re capable of recognizing a need, getting involved, taking charge and making a difference. That’s the type of leadership money can’t buy.

3. Learn new skills.
Diversify your skillset by volunteering in new and unique ways. Practice interpersonal skills by working with homeless community members. Demonstrate your management experience by helping to plan and coordinate an event with a nonprofit organization.

Whatever work you do in volunteering, you’re sure to broaden your skills and learn about your hidden talents. These are valuable traits to put on your resume and share in an interview.

4. Show your compassionate side.
In today’s market, employers are looking for more than just an employee. They want an employee who is involved, works hard and cares about his or her community. Volunteering is the perfect way to show your potential employer that there’s more to you than just a job—you want to make a difference wherever you go.

Show your compassionate side by volunteering within your community, and employers will appreciate the value and commitment you can bring to a company.

5. Beef up your resume.
Finally, if you find your resume lacking a little bit in content, volunteering is an excellent way to beef it up with valuable substance. Your resume will catch employers’ eyes not only by its substantial totality, but also through its impressive variety.

If you’re in the market for a new position, help yourself and your community by volunteering with a local nonprofit organization. You may be surprised at just how useful it can be in a world of difficult job hunting.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

Our Impact in 2019

  • Attended Group & Online Classes

    1154

  • New Homeowners

    641

  • Dollars Invested Into Communities

    125,400,000

  • Dollars in Mortgage Loans Originated

    2,700,000

  • Dollars in Small Business Lending

    150,000

  • Homes Built & Sold

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