Volunteering – How to Get Ahead by Giving Back

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice

Oct 23


Want a fun and rewarding networking alternative? Try volunteering!

Dear Friend,

Networking: few people enjoy it, but it is necessary for getting ahead in our careers, finding job opportunities, and building relationships.

Many people dread the common networking events and informational interviews, and while these can be great avenues for making connections, they may not be your cup of tea.

There is another way: volunteering.

It’s a a great way to build relationships, but you also gain invaluable experience, as well as do something great for your community. Best of all it can give you an edge, at any stage of your career.

We’ve got some great resources this week to help you find ways to incorporate volunteering into your career strategy!

Volunteering: A powerful networking tool at any career stage.

Volunteering aka Networking 2.0 (our own Rachel shares great tipson our More Happy Mondays blog!)Volunteering: A Great Way to Learn Real Executive Leadership
Volunteering to Explore Career Possibilities
“Volunteering is not philanthropy but enlightened self fulfilment” The Aga Khan  

Thinking about volunteering? Here are some great websites to check out to help get your started!
Toronto: http://www.volunteertoronto.ca
Kitchener-Waterloo: http://www.volunteerkw.ca
Ontario: http://www.ovcn.ca, http://www.findmyspark.ca
Canada: https://volunteer.ca
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About the Author

Hi! I'm Shirin and I founded Careers by Design over ten years ago and have spent many more years helping people to get “More Happy Mondays.” I’m a caring Career Counsellor and ICF Certified Professional Coach. I specialize in assisting clients to choose a career direction, resolve career-related issues and increase feelings of happiness in life and work. Let's create More Happy Mondays! Find out more at Careers by Design.

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