How to use volunteering to boost your employability

The catch-22 position that many young people find themselves in – they need experience to get work, but need work to get the experience – can be alleviated through volunteering

“Volunteering is a great way to learn workplace skills and give back at the same time. You’ll be working alongside industry professionals and building social capital that can help you stand out to potential employers. For matriculants and graduates who are just entering the workforce, it’s a chance to try out different roles before committing to a career path,” says Romy Heldsinger, CEO at online volunteering platform forgood.co.za (https://www.forgood.co.za/)

She advises:

  • Many young people are aware of their talents but do not have the opportunity to demonstrate them – volunteering allows them to build their CV’s

  • Look for opportunities that provide the chance to learn the skills you would need in your chosen career

  • Look for organisations that are meaningful to you, so the time you spend volunteering has purpose

  • Feature your volunteering activities on your social media platforms. Many employers look at LinkedIn, for example, when recruiting.

This article was extracted from a local newspaper and written by Journalist Margaret Harris

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