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5 reasons volunteering can lead to paid employment

Job hunting is never easy and when you’re fresh out of university getting your foot in the door is an even tougher challenge. 

We have complied five reasons how volunteering can lead to paid work.

1. Experience, experience, experience

Every job requires at least one year of work experience, it’s a never ending cycle of needing a job and needing experience to get a job. What better way to get experience for your dream job by volunteering!

2. Get your foot in the door

Not only will volunteering enable you to gain valuable experience but it gets you working in the business or the industry that you want to start your career in. By volunteering you’ll be working in the industry therefore making it more likely to be considered for opportunities or paid employment.

3. Networking

Networking is a word frequently used by industry professionals, by volunteering you’ll get to meet professionals who are already working in the business or the industry that you are desperate to work in. This means you’ll be in the know about everything that’s happening within the company and you’ll have a chance to get involved with projects happening within the business and you’ll be more likely to get paid employment! These contacts will be valuable when trying to further your career, you never know what doors they might open for you.

4. You can prove yourself

Volunteering gives you the chance to show off your abilities that you may not be able to show future employers on paper. You can show how well you work in a team, your punctuality, your enthusiasm and most importantly your passion for the business. By actually going out and volunteering in the industry you want to work in you are more likely to get noticed and get employed. 

5. You can learn new skills

By volunteering you can learn on the job which means acquiring new skills, this gives you something to talk about in job interviews and extra skills to add to your CV giving you the edge when applying for paid work!