How to maximize the time you spend job hunting by adding valuable experience to your resume

One thing that most unemployed professionals have in common is time. When you find yourself unexpectedly unemployed you may find that you have more time on your hands then you did before. The question is: how do you use this time effectively to help facilitate your job search? There are many things you can do to maximize your time while you job hunt. A few of the different ways you can make the most of your time job hunting include networking, using Social Media, gaining education and volunteering your time. The area that we are going to focus on today is how you can volunteer your time to add valuable experience to your resume.

Even though you are not working, it does not mean you cannot volunteer your time to contribute to organizations that can use your skills and experience. There are thousands of companies and organizations that thrive off of utilizing volunteers. By volunteering, you are giving back to your community AND you are gaining important experience that you can list on your resume. By listing your volunteering experience on your resume you are letting potential employers know that you are keeping your skills fresh and are looking to add new skills to make you even more of an asset to the next company who hires you.

There are two different ways to go about volunteering. One way you could go about it is to find any charitable organization or cause that you believe in and to offer any skills you can to support the company or organization. Another way to volunteer would be to specifically target companies that you want to work for and offer your services free of charge so that you can keep your skills fresh or gain new skills in an area you are interested in.

Once you have decided which direction you want to take your volunteering in, the next step is finding the company that needs your services. You can go to the following website to find a list of charitable organizations that are always looking for volunteers:

www.volunteermatch.org/ 

 If you are in sales, you might want to try your hand at fundraising. If you are an administrative professional you might want to offer admin support. If you are looking to target specific companies you may want to utilize Linkedin to find out who the appropriate party would be to reach out to and offer your pro bono services to. For example, if you were a legal assistant, you might want to look up solo practioners on www.linkedin.com and reach out to attorneys who could potentially use your help and offer them assistance with filing or the like. You never know, it could even turn into a full time, paid position down the road.

The point is that good help is always hard to find! If you are a job seeker who wants to give back and add value to your resume, then I would suggest looking into different options of how you can volunteer.

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  1. Hi Jennifer,

    This is some very useful information. Thanks for the advice and I’m going to look into volunteering here in S.E. Michigan right away. Oh and btw, you’ve got a nice, clear and concise, blog structure going on here!..:) ( I’ve just started writing a few blogs myself, and I’m always trying to learn from others.)

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