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Volunteer

How do you get a job without experience and get experience without a job?

Develop skills and gain experience through volunteering

  • Most volunteer positions offer the same opportunity to develop and demonstrate marketable skills as paid positions do, such as communication, teamwork and organizational skills.
  • There are a wide variety of ways in which you can help and different types of experience you can gain. For example, many organizations need help with promotion and outreach, event planning and organization, committee work, fundraising, computer assistance, and general administrative duties.
  • As a volunteer, you'll meet and establish relationships with professionals who work in a wide variety of career areas. When volunteering, get involved in different projects and talk to people every chance you get.
  • Volunteering gives you a chance to learn more about a career area before you make a commitment. This is your chance to answer questions such as “Is this what I really want to do?”
  • Not only does volunteerism look good on your resume, but it gives you the opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference.

Get the most out of your experience

  • Set clear and realistic goals for your volunteer experiences. As with any search for employment, the preparation and research that you undertake is crucial. Tailor your volunteer search to your specific needs and wants.
  • Be professional and treat your experience as you would a paid job, even if it is just a short-term role. You may be asked to come in for an interview. Prepare as you would for any paid position. Attend any necessary training or orientation sessions. Be punctual, dress appropriately and conduct yourself in a professional manner.
  • Keep track of your volunteer experiences and reflect upon your experiences in order to have a better understanding of the knowledge and skills you have developed and demonstrated. Include your volunteer experiences on your resume and highlight your skills used and achievements in the position.
  • If you volunteer 40+ hours during the academic year, submit your volunteer hours to Student Affairs to be considered for a UTM Volunteer Recognition Certificate.
  • Have some fun! Volunteering can provide you with skills, experience, contacts and opportunities. It can also provide an enormous amount of satisfaction and accomplishment. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Resources

Volunteering Tipsheet

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