Apr 8, 2009

Volunteering...Getting Your Foot in the Door

If you want to work for a nonprofit...volunteering for the organization can help land you a job.

As part of my internship with Truman State University's Career Center, I planned a nonprofit conference for students. Putting on the conference gave me the opportunity to talk one-on-one with several TSU alumni who were presenting. Even though they worked for different organizations in different cities, they all agreed that volunteering goes a long way. Offering your time, showing up, and doing a good job shows that you are dedicated to that organization's cause and have a strong work ethic. If a job open's up, you are in a better position to get it.

Websites like idealist.org are a great resource to find volunteer opportunities all over the country.

My next step. Spend some extra time helping out.

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