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How Volunteering Can Build New Skills

Dec 14, 2016

In today’s society, not everyone has the resources to dedicate to volunteering. Although some don’t like to volunteer, for many, it’s a way of life. Volunteering benefits local and global communities, and can even help you find new friends, learn new skills, and advance your career.

The folks at Buzzessay believe volunteering can help you change your course of life, while strengthening your mindset.

Have you ever looked for a new direction in work or life? Volunteering could be the answer.

There are many factors that motivate us to volunteer. It could be an opportunity to develop new skills, or try out a different profession. A great advantage to volunteering is that you can experience a new position — outside of your day job — without incurring many of work’s associated consequences. Go on: try it for yourself and share what you learn.

Taking a breather to volunteer can even help you understand how to work better in your current role. Unlike paid work, volunteer work is linked more heavily to passion and commitment rather than specific experience.

Competitive Advantages to Volunteering

  • Increase your ability to gain new experiences.
  • Increase your ability to adapt to new situations and circumstances.
  • Develop your communication, leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Get better at planning and prioritizing tasks.
  • Get better at managing your time.

Volunteering gives you a chance to branch out, try different roles and avoid wasting time on dull work in the future. For many, volunteering has already become a new starting point in their careers.

 

 

Helping others is one of the best forms of self-development. And your own difficulties will no longer seem as catastrophic, helping you find a way out of many critical situations you might endeavor.

How can volunteer program managers engage more volunteers who are looking to expand their skills?

First off, you need to accurately formulate your request — it should contain a description of the needs of the organization and the work that needs to be done. Here’s what you should include:

1. Job title

The more detailed and attention-grabbing, the better. Don’t limit to just posting  “Volunteers Needed.” Include specifics of the job, and provide some hooks to catch the attention of potential readers. For example, “Help Low-Income Students Prepare for School!” or “Join Our Marketing ‘Street Team’ to Get the Word out for Non-Profit Theater/Community Center!”

2. Define clear goals

Give the potential candidate an idea of the job’s purpose. Include a detailed description of how they might participate in the organization, and what some expected outcomes might be. Try to present your description clearly while instilling the candidate’s importance to the role.

 

 

3. Specific activities and indicators of performance

Outline the specific requirements that the volunteer will have to comply with along with efficiency criteria.  If your opportunity is flexible, include that in the description. Flexible opportunities give your volunteers more freedom to volunteer and also shows respect for the volunteer’s time.

4. Contacts

Include the main contact person’s information. That way, if a volunteer has questions, they know who can help address them. This may be an employee of the division or a special staff unit.

 

This article was originally written by Lucy Adams for the Volunteer Match blog and appears here with permission.

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