How and Why to Volunteer

Can’t find a job because you don’t have experience?

Can’t get experience because you can’t get a job?

Volunteering can help you get started!

How to volunteer where you really want to work

You should approach the place as if you were looking for paid work. Dress appropriately and be ready to do an interview. If you can demonstrate your skills and willingness to work as a volunteer you’ll be first in line when a job comes up. Why would the employer look around for someone when they have a good worker right there who already knows how things work? If you do a good job you’ll at least get a good reference from a company in your area of interest. At best you’ll get a job at your favorite place.

A few more notes

It’s ok to volunteer because you need work experience. People volunteer for all kinds of reasons. If you get a paid job and need to quit volunteering, be sure to give some notice as soon as possible that you’ll be quitting. You don’t want to put anyone in a bind, but at the same time, you don’t want to volunteer if it’s no longer meeting your needs.