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The Hidden Career Superpower: Volunteering

We all want to get ahead in our careers. But between endless job applications and networking events, moving up the ladder can feel like a full-time job in itself. What if there was a secret ingredient that could give your career a serious boost, all  while letting you make a real difference in your community?  


Now, you might be thinking: Volunteering is great and all, but how is spending my free time at a food bank or animal shelter going to help me land my dream job? Fair question. But believe it or not, volunteering offers some major advantages when it comes to advancing your career. Plus if you are new to Nova Scotia, volunteering can expand your network, while gaining local experience!

Demonstrating Commitment and Initiative

Employers want to see that you're willing to go the extra mile. And what better way to showcase your dedication than by freely giving your time and skills to a worthy cause? Volunteer work shows you have the drive and work ethic to succeed. HR specialists : "Volunteer experience on a resume tells me this person cares about more than just themselves." Volunteering also proves you have the ability to identify problems and take initiative to solve them - highly sought after qualities in today's workforce. So don't be afraid to highlight your volunteer experience and accomplishments on your resume. Quantify your impact whenever possible. Our Resume Toolkit workshop can show you how.

Developing Valuable Hard and Soft Skills  

Volunteering allows you to build upon existing abilities while also expanding your skillset. For example, if you volunteer at Feed Nova Scotia, you could sharpen your people skills by interacting with clients daily. Or if you join the events committee at Easter Seals Nova Scotia, you might become an Excel whiz while tracking donation data.  The unique experiences volunteering provides are perfect for developing the soft skills employers desperately want - things like communication, collaboration, adaptability, and problem solving. And the specialized hard skills you gain can directly align with your target career field.

Expanding Your Network

They say "it's not what you know, it's who you know." Well, volunteering allows you to meet all sorts of people - fellow volunteers, organizational leaders, community partners. These connections can open doors and provide insider tips to help your job search. The expanded social network volunteering brings will prove invaluable throughout your career.


So if you're looking for ways to strengthen your resume, consider lending a helping hand. Check out local volunteer opportunities here. Not only will you change lives, but you might just change the trajectory of your own career in the process. Now that's a win-win.


And stop into Job Junction to learn the most effective ways to add your volunteer experience to your resume. We look forward to your visit!

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Karol Legerd
Karol Legerd
Mar 25

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