Many of my clients find they have a lot of time on their hands until they begin to plan and implement the strategies needed to put their career development process into high gear. I often suggest they use this time to volunteer at one of the many nonprofit organizations in our community.
Nonprofit organizations have multiple needs for volunteers, especially in our recessionary economy. Volunteering offers the opportunity for service to others. It takes our minds off our troubles, if only for a short time. There are some wonderful places to volunteer: The Carnegie Art & History Museums, Animal Friends, the Aviary, the PIttsburgh Symphony, among many others. You learn new skills and expand your knowledge base.
From a strategic perspective, Volunteering offers the oppotuniry to explore the nonprofit sector and investigate potential employment opportunities within that sector. It’s usually possible to schedule informational interviews with key decision-makers at your nonprofit; volunteering also enables you to network with fellow volunteers and to identify rich possibilities for future exploration.
Consider volunteering as yet another strategy to put in your career search tool box!