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Job Searching Tip to Volunteer While You're Looking For a New Job

Job Search Tip: Do Good With Your Extra Time

Giving a job search your all is imperative when you've been laid off in a weak job market, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't devote a few hours each week to making yourself even more marketable. While looking for paid employment is your first priority, spending ten or so hours each week as a volunteer will work wonders for your psyche and give your otherwise stagnant resume a boost.

Seek out an organization that interests you and find out how you can lend your extra time. Volunteering will get you out of the house and break up the often frustrating job hunting process, and it will give you a fulfilling experience during a standstill time in your life. Employers will appreciate that you utilized your time in a positive way and volunteering can only make you a more dynamic candidate. What are you waiting for?


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sincerelyrenee sincerelyrenee 6 years
I've heard this recommendation before. Do any of you know if it would be better to volunteer in a field relative to where you hope to be employed, or is it just any kind of volunteer work that appeals to employers? Thanks for this tip!
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 8 years
This is a great idea, and a good way to maintain perspective of your actual situation.
muchacha muchacha 8 years
I volunteer and am employed. I recommend everyone do some kind of volunteer work regardless of employment status not only for resumé building but for the reasons Spectra and ilanac mentioned as well.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I volunteer at our local Humane Society...I started doing it when I moved to the area and was looking for a job and I just kept it up after I got a job because I like it. It's stress-relieving and it helps the community.
livline livline 8 years
Awesome when you can do it somewhere that inspires you :)
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
This is such a good idea -- something I never would have thought of otherwise! Thanks
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
This is a good idea.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i guess that could be a great solution. i've told my fiance that it wouldn't hurt to just even get some type of part time thing since it'll give him some income and get him out of the house. i like the volunteering aspect since that seems like it could really open doors in the right situation.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great idea!
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