Volunteering as a way
How to advance in your career with effective Networking practices in
the form of volunteer positions. Volunteering as a tool for Career Advancement
Many people will tell you that networking is a good way to find a new
job. However, networking often seems like a vague term. In this job searching
tip, we will discuss a specific way you can put networking to use to
advance in your career. The approach discussed involves volunteering
with specific organizations that can help you in the business world. Volunteering
probably won't produce instant results. But it is a good long-term strategy
to maximize your options.
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VOLUNTEERING AS A WAY TO INCREASE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Seasoned networkers will tell you it's not the quantity of the people
in your network that matters, it's the quality. This is why executives
and top producing sales people seek out targeted networking opportunities.
They often find them in the form of volunteer positions. Aside from giving
you an opportunity to give back, volunteering provides an extraordinary
forum for networking. Most networking situations only give people a chance
to get to know each other superficially. However, when volunteering on
a long-term project, people can see each other in action and really get
a feel for each others' personalities and talents.
Many executives and top sales people find not-for-profit boards of directors
and advisory boards to be especially valuable. These forums are primarily
structured as a tool to provide management guidance to non-profit organizations.
But in addition to giving the people who volunteer for them a sense of
having done something worthwhile, they also provide very high quality
networking opportunities. If you believe you could provide advice to a
non-profit organization that they could benefit from, such as management
advice, IT advice or marketing advice, try contacting some local organizations
to find out if they could use another person on their board.
PROFESSIONAL AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS
Professional and trade associations can almost always use more help. If
you're willing to volunteer for the association focused on your industry
or profession, it could be a good way to meet some high-profile people
who can open doors for you. If you're not sure which associations are
relevant for you, check the SAE web site: http://www.techstreet.com/cgi-bin/joint.cgi/350722/info/sae.html
SAE is a non-profit educational and scientific organization whose members,
along with engineers, scientists, and industry leaders in over 80 countries,
develop technical information relating to all life cycle phases of self-propelled
vehicles including automobiles, trucks and buses, off-highway equipment,
aircraft, aerospace vehicles, marine, rail, and transit systems.
VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES RELEVANT TO SPECIFIC PROFESSIONS
If you don't think you would be right for a position on a non-profit board
or in a role volunteering for your professional or trade association,
there are other ways you can volunteer and still get networking benefits.
In fact, there are some non-profit organizations you can volunteer with
that may be a very good fit for your background and provide a high likelihood
that you will meet someone who can open some doors for you. Here are some
- Real Estate and Construction Careers: Habitat for Humanity and other
- Sports and Entertainment: Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Media, Government Agencies and Legal Professions: Political Campaigns.
In today's era of highly litigious political campaigns, lawyers make
up a big portion of a political campaign's volunteer staff. This also
provides a good opportunity for legal assistants and paralegals to spend
time with successful attorneys. Media and advertising are also a big
part of political campaigns.
- Legal Professions: Legal Assistance centers - such as those for non-English
- Human Resources: Job training and career resource centers
- Media/Communications: Media organizations such as those that focus
on bringing awareness to certain issues
- The Idealist.org web site provides an extensive directory of non-profit
organizations and also lists specific volunteering opportunities: http://www.jobwerx.com/resources/2005/ideal.html
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