Job Tip: The Importance of Volunteering

As heard on The Good Works Show, Employment Specialist Shay Marlowe shares a job tip for those looking for a new job or a better one:

“Never underestimate the power of volunteering. Not only can it enhance your resume, but it can show an employer that you are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job.”

For weekly job tips and more information on the organizations at work in metro Atlanta, tune in to The Good Work Show Saturdays at noon on News Radio 106.7 FM.

 

Leadership Tip from Cassius Butts of the Small Business Administration

Go outside and do something you will remember

Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator for the Southeastern Region of the Small Business Association joined this week’s episode of The Good Works Show, and offered listeners his best leadership advice.

“It starts with volunteerism,” he said. “You have to ask what ways can I help to be a part of someone else’s dream and help to bring those to fruition.”

“What I learned through leadership development was that it is important to say that service is important and affects every community and every walk of life,” he added. “Having that type of involvement helps to build leadership and helps to build stamina that to say that we can sustain any type of challenge we may face and we also are huge in network.”

So how does volunteering and serving your community help you professionally?

  1. It shows a dedication to a cause bigger than you. Volunteering means taking time out of your busy schedule to give back to the community around you. Employers recognize this added effort and hard work, and it looks great on a resume.
  2. It gets you out into the community. By lending a hand where it is needed most, you’ll better understand the needs of the community and the people who live there. If your full-time employer happens be in the same community, it’s a great way to increase your familiarity with the neighborhood in which you work.
  3. It broadens your network. Volunteering in the community brings you together with professionals from other organizations and career paths. This will open up your connections in ways you wouldn’t have found within just your company.
  4. It makes you more well-rounded. Volunteering is usually an all-hands-on-deck situation. This means that you will likely do multiple jobs, expanding your experience as you do.
  5. It’s a great way to bond with your team or coworkers. Many nonprofits in need of volunteers coordinate opportunities for large groups. You can complete a project with other employees from your work, further building these professional relationships in a setting outside of the normal office.

Be straightforward with potential employers

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Be straightforward when promoting yourself to a potential employer. Don’t expect someone to piece together all of the information you’ve given them about your skills and experience and try to figure out whether you’re a good fit for the job. When developing your resume or cover letter, be sure to connect all of the dots for the hiring manager and make a clear and convincing and straightforward case for why they should hire you. There are no rewards for subtlety in the job search process.

~ Joanna Carabello, special projects coordinator at Goodwill of North Georgia.