How Volunteering Can Strengthen Your Position in Business

March 23, 2017 |  by  |  Business, Consultancy, Linkedin Blog

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Volunteering can strengthen not only your CV and LinkedIn profile, it can also strengthen who you are as a person, and subsequently your position in business. Among the abundant number of skills you will gain from volunteer work, it will give you the opportunity to make a difference in society while developing invaluable leadership qualities.

There are so many volunteering activities to take part in, either relevant to you as a person or something completely new. You could volunteer with children, the elderly, the disabled, you could help the homeless or help clean up public parks.

The volunteering I chose in late 2014 was to be a classroom helper at a primary school. As a writer who has worked several editorial and customer service roles, and having never worked with children before, this was completely out of my comfort zone. The reason I took this was, at the time, when I was debating on what career to take, I wondered whether I could make it as a teacher. So I did it. My experience there allowed me to make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of these children; to manage my time in the structure of classes; to gain confidence; and to develop excellent leadership qualities.

Some of the main skills you can gain from a volunteering role can include…

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving and adaptability
  • Communication
  • Planning and prioritising work
  • Time management
  • Confidence
  • Interpersonal skills

Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement. The actual sensation of achievement can come about from the fact that you’re not being paid to do it. It’s all in your power to choose to do it and gain something other than monetary payment. This makes it easier to see what you’ve gained from the role.

Many companies hire people on their experience and qualifications, but a key factor is also your other skills and abilities from your personal interests. This is a way for companies to suss you out and find out who you are as a person. Therefore, volunteering can fit in this section and will show you as someone who has gone out there and got things done but also with a good work ethic. Many companies who see that you’ve volunteered will see you in a positive light: someone who is willing to work, willing to help, and willing to forfeit monetary payment for the sake of the work, which they’ll see as someone who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

Volunteering is a good way to strengthen who are as a person and your moral compass, and subsequently your position in business. Volunteering allows you to make a positive difference in society and have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general. Meeting a variety of people means you’ll essentially be guided through to your position in business and ultimately strengthen it.

If volunteering can strengthen you as a person, it most certainly will strengthen your position in business. You’ll be able to challenge yourself, experience something new, learn new skills, and achieve a set goal. In this way, you’ll be putting your skills to use while developing new ones, strengthening yourself personally while placing yourself higher up on the career ladder.

Michael Holloway

Lead Writer

Written for Dr. Mark D. Yates, the LinkedIn Expert’s Expert

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About the author

Michael Holloway is the Lead Writer at LBM and is an author and content writer from Liverpool. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire in 2008 and gained his Masters in Writing from Liverpool John Moores University in 2012. In February 2017, his novel was longlisted for the Penguin Random House WriteNow event in Manchester.

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