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Volunteer Work

Using Volunteer Work to Get Ahead in Hard Times

In tough economic times, unemployment numbers go up. Companies lay off workers to reduce their overhead and stay solvent. Even seemingly secure jobs become shaky at best. However, even if you are at risk or have actually lost your job recently, that's no reason to sit around feeling sorry for yourself. This is the perfect time to look into volunteer work. It's a great way to keep yourself busy, build your resume and also network. Who knows? Through your volunteer efforts, you may actually land an even better job.

When it comes to volunteer work, there is really something for everyone. One of the best places to start looking for opportunities is in your local neighborhood. Maybe there is a park in the vicinity that could use some clean up and tender loving care. You could adopt that as your own personal cause and make sure that the children in your area have a safe and clean place to play. It's also quite likely that churches need support. Auxiliary programs often suffer from lack of reliable help, so be the one to step in and make a difference. Finally, look into programs that perform service for those in need. Food banks and charitable institutions are always grateful for extra hands. After all, who can feel sorry about their small problems in the face of real suffering? It will likely give you a much better perspective on life.

Besides the good feeling you receive from helping others, you may actually find that you get a lot of the volunteer work. It is not at all uncommon to actually get a very good job as the result of your volunteer efforts. Not only will your positive attitude and willingness to be of help be apparent to the management of your chosen organisation, but it will likely stand out to other volunteers as well. Volunteering is the perfect opportunity to network. It's a low stress environment and you really get a chance to show your best self. Even if you don't find your contact directly through your volunteer work, you can add it to your resume, noting the skills that it helped you develop.

Of course, the ultimate goal of volunteering isn't to find out what's in it for you. However, you will likely find that your experience brings a lot into your life. You will get the good feeling of impacting others. Also, you may impress someone enough with your positive outlook that you will have opportunities that otherwise may have been given to someone else. Whatever the case may be, with the right attitude, it's easy to turn your lemons into lemonade.