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Community service is when you work for free or paid to help the public or your community. Usually, students who choose to do community service do so as volunteer, meaning that they want to help out because they choose to do so. Community or volunteer service can have a lot of positive improvement on students, such as supporting them to develop skills, making contacts, and allowing them to improve the quality of life of others.

You probably know some students in your school who choose to volunteer their free time to earn some money or unpaid work through community service. There are many ways that you can do this, such as joining a non-profit organization, working with a religious group, any company or you can choose a cause and create your own service project.


Times are tough all over these days and jobs are hard to find, so instead of thinking of ways to make money over your Holidays, how about considering ways to make the universe a good place while making your future job prospects a whole lot brighter. Lending a hand to someone else can give you a big leg up on your career opportunities after graduation, not to mention a million other blessings.


Why Is Community Work Important

Experience

old Catch-20+ you can’t get a job until you have already had one is truer than ever. Now a day’s less businesses are willing to take a chance on hiring those without any experience. Volunteering is best way to get real market experience, often doing some very high level jobs or working with high level companies and people that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to without prior experience.

Get Your Feet in the Door

Once you have that experience, you can of course go elsewhere to find a job, but why not go right back to the company you worked as volunteer with most organizations look very favorably on those who volunteered, and they will consider hiring you for a full time position after your graduation.

References

If you think getting a job without experience is difficult, try getting a job reference. Though a kind word from your mother, your neighbor, or your college professor may sound great to you, it bears very little weight with a real world manager looking for some substantive insight into how you perform and deliver when the pressure is on. Make a difference for a organization and they will really make a difference for you with a few choice endorsements that go a long time.

The Ultimate Extracurricular Activity

Almost every hiring manager wants to see that a potential employee did more than just the minimum required to get through college. And volunteering beats the heck out of being the treasurer of your dorm’s beer fund.

Learning Empathy

One of the most important skills you could possibly have in life is to be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. But most of Team Leaders say its one of the greatest deficiencies in recent college graduates today. “College students today are about 40+ percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 to 30 years ago,” according to Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Volunteering or community work gives us the ability to see life from a totally different way than your own and to identify with the problems, challenges and situations of others, a skill that is crucial to being able to work with others or manage them.

Be a Maker, Not a Taker

More than ever before companies are asking their employees to go the extra mile, often asking them to take on the responsibilities of several positions at the same time because of cutbacks. Knowing you are someone willing to contribute to the maximum good rather than simply looking for a paycheck is important and often crucial to you being hire, and volunteering always create a positive image.

Contacts

Volunteering is a great way to build solid connections and form relationships which will grow for the rest of your life because they are formed through common values and beliefs. These strong personal ties can lead to future jobs, recommendations, and or assistance in a hundred different ways throughout your career and your life.

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