Many people think of volunteering as ‘the thing you just do’ when you are passionate about something. And while this is true, volunteering can unlock some incredible opportunities for your career.
Participating in a local community endeavour not only helps your resume by showing your commitment to and support for an organization above and beyond paid employment, but can actually expand your business network. Sharing a common philanthropy or not-for-profit initiative is a great conversation starter. Most volunteering does not require that you have a specific degree or work experience. With such a variety of potential new people in your network, your horizons in the job search arena can quickly expand. People are also more willing and readily able to support people who are passionate about the same cause.
Volunteering and your brand: As you become more and more ‘fluent’ in the organization(s) you support, your knowledge and involvement add to your personal brand. The more well known you become, the more you will find yourself with a greater network to draw upon. People will start asking for you.
Community building is an excellent initiative that should not just be left up to the individual. Corporations are also deeply responsible for the success of our community. McNeill Nakamoto has been very actively involved with Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland for over five years. We believe that without commitment to community, our success as a company is meaningless. Cheryl Nakamoto and I created McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group over twelve years ago, and our focus is the same as when we began – to make a difference. And what a tremendous surprise it was to be commended with the Big Sisters Big Heart award! This award is given annually to the company that has made the most significant difference to the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. We are so very proud.
Everyone can make a difference. Every hour spent thinking about, and then actually participating in, something you believe needs your support, is time well spent. Think of it as a long-term investment in yourself and in others – every hour donated adds value to your career bank. It’s not always about the money.
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