OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany people tell us of the frustrations of not being able to apply for jobs, or being turned down, because they lack the relevant experience to take them further. The cycle often goes… if I can’t get a job because I don’t have experience how do I get experience so that I can get a job?

The answer is VOLUNTEERING, many people overlook the benefits of volunteering because they see it as just doing something for nothing, but for those of us who do volunteer we know that this is not true.

There may be no financial payment from being a volunteer but that doesn’t mean that you don’t get anything back. Volunteering can be a great way to get the experience that you need in order to progress your career. Not convinced, then read on…

Volunteering is not just confined to charity shops and school fairs, but there are volunteering opportunities in a wide range of activities, many of which can have a direct link to the work place.

Take charity shops for instance, if you helped volunteer here you can develop customer skills, cash handling, stock control, and mechandising skills all of which could help you get into main-stream retailing. In similar settings you could learn admin skills, youth work, computer skills, first aid, the sky is the limit

There are many similar volunteering opportunities that could be a way of you developing your work experience whilst at the same time receiving benefit yourself from giving something back into the community.

More to follow…