Benefits to your job search

Volunteering during one's job search takes planning, and it can have benefits for securing the employment outcome.

First, figure out how much time is the best amount to volunteer. Don't let volunteering get in the way of the job search. And, don't let the job search interfere with the time promised to the organization or group you have elected to serve.

Volunteering should be an positive experience, so opt for an organization or group that will allow you to enjoy yourself. Volunteering can help individuals gain self-esteem and develop new contacts, and may teach new skills that will apply to the next job. Many volunteers are more productive in their search activities as they become efficient with their time.

It's possible to find relief from mental stresses with the social interactions found in volunteer opportunities. But the biggest benefit? Volunteers have more to tell employers during interviews.