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Global Skills SkillUp Series Part 4: Volunteer Work

As a leading provider of Employment Services, Global Skills is committed to empowering you on your journey to sustainable employment. 

Today, we want to share a valuable strategy that not only makes a positive impact on the community but can give your job search a significant boost: volunteer work.

Participating in volunteer work offers the following advantages for your job search:

  • Develop In-Demand Skills: Volunteering allows you to develop and enhance both transferable and hard skills sought after by employers. Transferable skills are non-technical skills that enable you to interact effectively with others, such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork. These can be applied to any job. Hard skills are technical skills that are specific to a particular job or industry, such as retail software and POS systems, forklift operation, or programming languages.
  • Networking Opportunities: Volunteering connects you with a wide range of people who share a common interest in making a positive impact. These connections can lead to meaningful professional relationships and potential job opportunities down the line.
  • Resume Enhancement: By including your volunteer experience on your resume, you showcase your dedication, work ethic and passion for making a difference. Employers value candidates who actively contribute to society and your volunteer work can set you apart from other job seekers.
  • Filling Employment Gaps: if you have gaps in your employment history, volunteer work can help bridge those gaps.
  • Relevant Experience: Volunteering can provide you with hands-on experience in a field or industry you’re interested in. This experience can be invaluable when applying for jobs, at it shows you have a genuine interest and understanding of the field.
  • Boost Confidence: Seeing the positive effects of your contributions within the community can boost your confidence. Volunteering is also a good way to help you get to know yourself and what you have to offer in potential future roles. Practicing your skills in a volunteer setting can help you improve self-confidence, which will shine through in future interviews and paid roles.

Consider volunteering in roles aligned with your interests and goals. It’s a simple way to enhance your job search and stand out to potential employers. 

If you would like support to access a suitable volunteer opportunity, speak with your Global Skills Employment Consultant.