How Volunteering Can Help Your Career

June 11, 2013

Career Advice

Regardless of what stage of your career you are in, volunteering can have big payoffs. And there are plenty of opportunities out there. Sites like Volunteer Match or Serve.gov can help put you in touch with a local organization that needs your help. Or just pick up the phone and offer your services to someone in need. Here’s how volunteering is a win-win situation:

If you’re a college student…
Recent graduates need to have real-life work experiences and beyond internships, volunteering is the best way to get this. Not only does it show dedication and commitment, but you may be able to offer your time to a non-profit in a way that can directly help your career. I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine! They can offer you a great reference, and you can offer them great work.

If you’re mid career…
Think of volunteering like exercise for your mind. A weekly or monthly commitment will improve your mood and may even inspire your work — or increase your productivity level. You may learn a new skill, make a new connection, or find a new passion. You may even want to get your family involved.

If you’re an experienced career person…
As a higher-level executive in your company, why not organize a company-wide volunteering event or program? Not only will you be helping the community, but you’ll also get to know employees from different departments in a new setting. Teamwork and a breath of fresh air might be exactly the kind of inspiration your office needs.

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About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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