Volunteering can put you on the right path to finding employment opportunities.
Today’s military is known as an all-volunteer force, but when we separate from the military we may not even think about continuing to serve our county by being a volunteer in the civilian world. Although you may find a job immediately after separating from the military, today you more than likely will have to begin the process of job hunting all over again. This is where volunteering becomes a crucial component of job hunting, because being a volunteer could open many doors for you.
After separating from the military and finishing up my bachelor’s degree, I realized what I had wanted to study for my Master’s program. Changing my career field once I returned home was the route I decided to work towards, but entering a new career field with not much experience I knew would not be easy in this competitive job market. While looking in the local newspaper one day, I stumbled upon a small advertisement about The Soldiers Project, which is a non-profit organization that gives Free and Confidential counseling to Veterans of OEF/OIF. Knowing I was entering the field of counseling, I realized this may be a great opportunity to help get my foot in the door in my new career field.
Being a volunteer can help you in so many ways, such as networking with key people in key positions, add to your resume, help you gain more knowledge about current events in your field of choice, and it allows you to give back to the community. Volunteering is something to not overlook if you’re considering changing career fields, if you’re just looking to advance in the field you’re working in today, or if you have some free time and would simply like to give back.
Being a volunteer could open up new doors when looking for employment opportunities, and most of the time it will not take much time away from your life. You have the flexibility of when you can volunteer to help an organization or a person looking for support. Let us also not forget volunteering can be very beneficial for your children as well and you can even volunteer as a family. Volunteering will allow them to not only give to their community, but give them a sense of pride and accomplishment, and by all means if your child is a college student, he or she may find that volunteering will work better with their schedule than an internship. Be sure to have your son or daughter inquire about volunteer opportunities on campus.
Volunteering can really benefit anyone if you’re looking to build up your resume, network with people, gain more knowledge, learn whether or not a field could be a future career choice, and give you a great feeling of doing something good. If I can waste an hour of being lazy sitting around watching the tv, then I can spend an hour volunteering helping others who need support and appreciate every bit of it. So don’t overlook being a volunteer and be sure to relay this message as well to your children, because anyone can truly benefit from being a volunteer.
Below is a small collection of websites to help someone interested in volunteer opportunities, but don’t forget to simply look in your local community for opportunities as well.