Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day also known as a day of service. Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Hence why so many people across the country take today to serve their communities.
It’s a great day for everyone to come together and give back, but did you know there’s an added bonus to helping others (especially if you’re in the midst of a job search)?
Not only will you feel great when you see how you’ve contributed, but you’ll also be able to add that experience to your resume. And who knows who you’ll meet while you’re out there doing good for others. You might meet your next boss, a great networking contact, or find that you really enjoy doing a job you had never considered before. So get out there today and volunteer!
Bonus Tip: Recruiters and employers love seeing volunteer work on resumes—it shows a good sense of character. Plus, if you are interested in learning new skills but know there isn’t a paying job at the moment that will allow you to earn those skills—ask the organization if you can volunteer. This is also a good tip if you are interested in working at an organization that doesn’t currently have a job opening—feel free to diplomatically volunteer your services—you never know, it could turn into a full time job or at the very least make you a more confident candidate.