Candidates who’ve been struggling to find a job often ask us what they can do to improve their chances and one of the best tips we have is to take up some charity/volunteering work. Below are 5 ways in which doing this can help you to stand out from the crowd.

Gain experience

Granted this probably doesn’t apply if you’ve enjoyed an illustrious 30-year career, but, if you’re just starting out, looking to switch career paths or have had a break from employment, volunteering can allow you to gain some much-needed experience. There are plenty of sectors in which this applies including social care, retail and administration.

Gain new skills

Alongside experience, there are an array of new skills you can pick up by volunteering – from IT and management to basic things, like effective communication and team work.

Network

The old saying goes ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’. We obviously don’t think this is entirely true but meeting new people from new industries can definitely help open doors!

Gain referees

Most employers today will expect some form of referee who can vouch for your character and ability. If you don’t have an array of past employers to call on, then volunteering is a great option.

Build confidence

Finally, volunteering is a great way to build up confidence. Who wouldn’t get a boost from getting stuck in and doing some truly meaningful work?

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