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Volunteering is a great way for high school students to give back to the community, experience working in a certain field, and gain valuable new skills. It speaks to your character in a way that test scores cannot, and it will give your college applications a boost.
So, if you’re in high school and thinking about volunteering, read on to learn about how it’s beneficial, and why we recommend it.
Benefits of Volunteering 1. A way to give back As a student, you’re probably super busy. Between school work, clubs, sports, a job (if you have one), your days fill up quickly. But volunteering your time is selfless, and a generous way to get to know a new group of people with whom you’d otherwise not interact. From volunteering at a preschool to spending time with senior citizens, it can be deeply fulfilling, and it’s sure to make a profound difference to the community you’re spending time with.
2. Build new skills and relationships Volunteering is an opportunity to learn new skills that are foundational to any future career. You’ll sharpen your organizational skills, prioritization, time management, problem solving, and communication skills, to name a few. It’s also a great opportunity to network and build out a list of contacts whom you can reach out to in the future.
3. Resume/college application boost Volunteering can set you apart from other applicants and candidates. Doing something for which you aren’t paid shows selflessness, drive, ambition, and creativity: qualities that make you stand out. While many volunteering programs can even transfer into school credits, it’s also a great way to gain real-world work experience while you’re still in school.
4. Promotes open-mindedness Between working with a community of retirees to helping out at a zoo, volunteering opens yourself up to new experiences, and it can help you see the world differently. It keeps you grounded and fosters a sense of social awareness. New experiences can open the door to new passions, too. And who knows? Volunteering could lead you to find your future career.
Where to start Here are some great places to look into volunteering if you’re interested in taking the next step. • Sports lovers: volunteer to help with after-school fundraising activities for school sports teams, help coach younger kids in little league/other sports, assist with sports team management • Animal lovers: local animal shelter, help with dog adoption services, zoo/aquarium • Nature lovers: volunteer at your local farmer’s market and help with general set up/produce transfer, check out any local tree planting/greenery initiatives, volunteer at your local nature conservancy branch to help with garbage clean-up, trail clearing, river cleaning, habitat restoration, and more • “People” people: local hospitals, soup kitchens or food banks, retirement or nursing homes, reading at a local library, preschool or childcare centers
For any and all of these places, we recommend doing a quick search of the area that interests you and looking for a phone number or your town’s local programs. Ask if they’re looking for any volunteers...you’ll likely be welcomed to help with open arms.
Don’t overlook those mundane little tasks that were part of your previous or current position because they matter, and they can make you stand out and set you apart from other candidates.
But, rather than listing your responsibilities like ingredients on the back of a box, assign meaning to them. Make it personal. Make it you.
The mundane matters! These tasks, called “soft skills,” are personal attributes necessary to succeed in any workplace. They are like the foundation of a house: you can’t build up without it. And most importantly, they are practical, transferable and valuable.
Add them to your profile!
For example... Retail workers -- did you pick up slack at the end of your shift?
As a warehouse associate, were you right there at the shipping dock, unloading and sorting merchandise? Were you always reminding your coworkers to wear them helmets? Add it in, and make it personal.
Cashiers: you probably honed your soft skills working the register more than you think. Your experience was unique, so get down to the nitty gritty!
Take the time to translate these often-overlooked duties into measurable credentials because it shows you value yourself and take your work seriously. It sends a message to employers that you are qualified, and that you are worth their time.
As always, we’re here to help.
Sometimes when you’ve made a few online job profiles you can begin to feel frustrated! What is the point? Are they really helping? The truth is YES! Employers are looking for your information ALL the time, even before you have applied.
So, with that in mind, here are 4 great things about having an online profile and how to make sure YOURS is job ready!
1- You can access, update, and send it from your phone or computer at ANY time! [Search for that next great job] (https://www.jobcase.com/jobs/search) and apply!
2- Your online profile is always ready to go whether you leave a job or begin a new one, so make sure to [keep it updated] (https://www.jobcase.com/profile).
3- Employers can discover you, and they are looking everyday! Be sure to highlight your experience and skills so when they find your profile it reads like your resume would. Be sure all of your online profiles contain the same information.
4- You’re putting a face with the name. A picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure to [add yours] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/fff7a06c-1428-5802-83f5-8b32306f2f2b).
Here on Jobcase filling out your online profile with your location and work experience truly helps others in our community locate opportunities for you. It also shows employers that you’re serious. Remember, it only takes a few minutes to [update your profile] (https://www.jobcase.com/profile) but seconds to lose an opportunity because your profile was left blank or partially completed!
Think we are just pulling your leg? Check out some stories about those who were [recently hired] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/8644db62-7793-566a-af75-809c4ceba4fc).
Wishing you the best with your job search!
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