We came across an article on internships, courtesy of StudentAdvisor, and one on volunteer work, courtesy of Sapristi on HubPages. It go us thinking – what can job candidates do to stand out in the crowd.
As mentioned in the article – volunteering is a great and efficient way to not only add items to your resume, but mingle and network while doing it. Choose a organization and a cause you are interested in and check for volunteering opportunities. If the one you have your eye on doesn’t provide such opportunities check their community partners. Here are two websites to get you started - http://www.volunteermatch.org/ and http://volunteer.truist.com/ An afternoon of helping out can turn into invaluable networking contact.
Internships take some focused search and are time-consuming, however the benefits far outweigh the effort. Some internships, depending on the field are paid, some are not. In both cases, they provide a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. Companies usually promote internally, so if you prove your value to the business there is a good chance you will have a job offer at the end of it. College students should contact their Career Services department. Schools provide career counseling, resume writing and mock interviews for both their current students as well as alumni. Free guide to internships here.
Don’t be hesitant to invest the time and effort – there are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Let us know what you think. Share your stories about how volunteer work or an internships changed your career path.