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The importance of volunteering

It's a win-win.

Volunteering is always a good idea, but it is especially important for those looking for a new career opportunity. This April, celebrate National Volunteer Month by helping a worthwhile organization while networking, making new friends, improving your résumé and honing your skills.

Volunteer positions fall into four categories for job seekers:

  1. Charities
  2. Job-networking groups
  3. Professional organizations
  4. Religious organizations

If you’re an IT professional, perhaps you can set up the WiFi network or design the website for your church. If your field is marketing, volunteer at the Columbus American Marketing Association. If you want to help and network with fellow job hunters, volunteer at a job-networking group such as Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group or Forty Plus of Central Ohio. No matter what field you’re in, you could always demonstrate your speaking and leadership skills at your favorite charity, such as United Way of Central Ohio or the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

If you’re not sure where you’d be the best fit, there are a number of websites that will match your skills with organizations in Central Ohio, such as HandsOn Central Ohio and VolunteerMatch.


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