Turn the Tables and Volunteer

Since I find myself, unfortunately, with time on my hands I am putting my unemployment to good use by volunteering. I suggest my co-unemployed consider following me in this course of action. Yes I really am suggesting working hard for no paycheck. Besides serving the community you live in there are some other upsides to volunteering.
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If you are unemployed let’s face it; you have spent considerable time sending out resumes and applying for jobs only to face rejection or no response at all. I hear you, but get this. By offering your time, energy, and skills to volunteer you are back in the driver’s seat.
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Tired of reading all of that advice about how to survive the job interview when you finally land one? Once again in the volunteer world you are in charge. You get to interview the organizations you are considering for volunteer service. You are interviewing the staff and other volunteers to see if they are a good fit for you. This is a nice change of pace in the unemployed world. This can also be the opportunity to experience the interview process on the other foot if you have never hired staff as part of your career track. You may even gain a little insight for when you finally go on that all important job interview.
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This is also an excellent opportunity to stretch your professional skills. Volunteer for duties you are confident you can accomplish with little training, but also ask for assignments that will be a challenge. I once went to work for a company because they embraced the idea of stretch goals and failing forward. Corporate America is so desperate for profit most companies can no longer afford to foster this kind of employee growth. This is to the detriment of companies and employees, but it is what it is. Remember the dreaded performance review? Have you tried something new at work and had some difficulty learning and adjusting to your new duties? Guess what, as a volunteer you can learn while you volunteer with no worries about that flipping review. Volunteer and you will feel productive, energized, and once again able to use your talent to make a difference.


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2 Comments, Comment or Ping

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    A few years ago when I was down and lonely, a rich widder woman I will never forget said, “If you give to your community, it will give to you.” She was right, bless her heart.

    10 May
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    you made some very good points. You might even learn some new skills and find something you like. Or meet someone that knows of an opportunity! The people i know that were unemployed that volunteered did better at getting another job. Except for the occasional person that did an unpaid internship somewhere to learn a new skill. Keep us posted on where you are volunteering!

    10 May