Volunteer while employed

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 at 8:46 am

When the times get tough, people consider volunteering in for-profit organizations. This helps to keep their skills to keep abreast and to build network. However, it is important to consider volunteering even when you are employed. Here are some key reasons why you should give this some serious thought:

  1. It helps you to network with other areas of your organization.
  2. It gives you exposure to other groups. Learning about how they do business can help you to innovate in your current function.
  3. Your knowledge is not limited to just your functional team. This gives you an edge over your peers.
  4. If there are any potential impacts to your current team because of the work done by the other team, then you can be proactive and prepare for change.
  5. When it is time for a job change, you can leverage your functional know-how and networks to land a job in the new team or use that work as a reference.
  6. If you are considering a career change, then volunteering helps to build your resume in your new area of interest. This sets you apart from candidates who apply without any relevant experience.

Given the many benefits of volunteering, how can you accomplish this? Identify how much time you can realistically spare, keeping in mind that you are still accountable for your current deliverable. Identify the new skill sets that you are interested in developing and / or your potential next group. Work with them to define a project with clear scope that will help you to reach your objectives & get started. All the above holds for volunteering within your own company. Be aware that stepping outside of the organization and contributing to another for-profit group may entail legal limitations.

I would like to hear your comments / thoughts on how volunteering helps you.

  1. The subject is fully clear but why does the text lack clarity? But in general your blog is great.

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