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4. Show what you can do and how quickly you can learn new things. SHOW ME - Volunteering gives you the opportunity to show an employer what you are capable of. All those you come into contact with will be able to speak to others of your capabilities.
5. Volunteering can give you the social feedback you may be missing since you have been off of work. When you go to work and see people you are acknowledged and validated if even by the simple act of greeting one another. If you are not working and working alone on your job search all day, you may feel as if you are nobody.
6. Your self-confidence can use a boost in general if you have been off work for a while. Volunteering can help
YOU feel more confident and capable which in turn will make it easier to convince others!
7. Volunteering to work can expose you to other career paths or opportunities that you might not have considered or have been aware of. There is nothing like being “in the trenches” and knowing exactly where employer and industry needs lie.
8. Obtain a letter of recommendation that will help when applying for other jobs, especially in a new career or industry. If not, at least obtain a commitment for a verbal reference when called.
I hope you will consider “employing” a little charity going forward…