Finding a Career in Volunteer Work

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Oct 21, 2021

Oct 21, 2021 • by Rebecca Smith

Volunteer work is a great way to enhance your skills and move up in your career. There are many ways to give back no matter what industry you work in. But how do you find the best one that suits your career goals and interests? This article will explain the role of a volunteer, outline the steps you need to take when looking for the right position, and offer tips and tricks on how to find the right volunteer position.

What Does it Mean to be a Volunteer?

Volunteers are people who offer their time to help others. They do not get any monetary or other social benefits for the hard work they do. They often volunteer for the good of their community or company. Volunteering builds self-esteem and gives them valuable work experience.

Volunteer opportunities are available in many industries like national parks, animal shelters, libraries, or businesses to name a few. Although their tasks may vary depending on the industry or location, volunteers often answer phones, conduct surveys, and feed the homeless.

Many volunteers are students, as volunteering is a requirement for college admission. Other professionals might also volunteer to help their communities or improve their expertise in a particular area.

How to Find a Volunteer Position

It is important to choose a position that you enjoy. This will allow you to get the most from your volunteer experience. These are the steps to take when looking for a volunteer position.

  1. Think about the skills and experience you are looking for.
  2. Consider the skills and experience you could bring to the table.
  3. Identify your limitations and available time.
  4. Make use of your network.
  5. You can search the internet.

1. Think about the skills and experience you are looking for

It is important to search for opportunities that match your volunteer goals. Before you start your search, think about what you want to get out of your volunteer experience. Consider your current job and the skills you would like to improve. You might be able to learn a specific skill or gain experience before you can advance in your career.

List the skills and experiences that you would like to acquire. You'll be more able to find the right volunteer position once you have identified your goals.

2. Consider the skills and experience you can bring to the table

Next, consider the skills and experience that you already have. Think about what you can bring to your volunteer experience. You will need to have the skills necessary for your role. For example, your skills could be useful at an animal shelter if you are a veterinarian or have pets.

3. Determine your limits and availability

Before you can choose a volunteer position, you'll need to know if there are any restrictions. You should consider how much time you can devote, how many days you are available, and how long you will be able to volunteer. This will allow you to narrow your search in a timely manner which is important because many volunteer positions are only available for a limited time. You should also keep in mind that some volunteer positions will require you to be fluent in a specific language.

4. Make use of your network

Once you have a clear idea of what you are looking for in a volunteer position, you can start your search. Begin by reviewing your existing network. Do you know of any people or organizations that could help you find volunteer opportunities in your field? Reach out to them. Ask your friends and family if they know of any volunteer opportunities that might interest you.

5. You can search the internet

Many volunteer opportunities are available on the Internet. Consider the place you would like to volunteer, and then search for job opportunities on the website of the company or organization. This will broaden your search and improve your chances of landing a position as a volunteer.

Volunteer Job Tips

Find your passions

If you are interested in volunteering regularly you will want to find a position that aligns with your interests. Choosing a volunteer position that is in the same category of a future job you are looking for will benefit you in the long run. You will be able to list your volunteer work on your resume which will show your employers that you truly are interested in that line of work and will be a great addition to their company. 

Start your local search

Start your job search by looking for jobs near you. It will be easier to get to work on time and avoid long commutes if you can find a job close to home.

Social media is a great way to communicate

Look for volunteer opportunities via social media, outside of job boards, and professional networks. You can make yourself a better professional by using social media.

Get started early with your search

Do not wait to apply for a volunteer position. Many people find it fulfilling to volunteer so positions may fill up quickly. That is why, if you are trying to avoid running out of volunteer options, you should start your search as soon as possible. 

Frequently asked Questions about Volunteering 

These are some frequently asked questions about volunteer positions

  • Can you give me examples of the work I will be doing as a volunteer?
  • Will volunteering benefit my work opportunities?
  • What are the benefits of volunteering?

Are there any examples of volunteer work?

Volunteer jobs can include building a house or helping at an animal shelter, volunteering for political campaigns, and even volunteering your skills in a soup kitchen.

Is there any financial gain to volunteer work?

Volunteers don't usually receive payment. However, if you become a regular volunteer for a particular company they may offer compensation. The average hourly salary for volunteers is $13.06. This number will vary depending on which company or organization you volunteer for. 

Why volunteer?

Volunteering can boost your confidence and make your life more enjoyable. Volunteering will make you feel accomplished. Volunteering can also be a way to learn new skills and move up in your career. Your volunteer experience can also be added to your resume in order to attract future employers.