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Want to volunteer?

There are some great volunteering opportunities which will give you valuable skills, help you decide on your career and make your CV shine. Here are some ideas...

Why volunteer?
There are lots of good reasons to volunteer:
  • You'll build skills and experience.
  • It demonstrates that you're willing to work hard.
  • It's a chance to do something to help other people.
  • It's a great way to meet new people with similar interests.
Finding volunteering opportunities
There are lots of different ways to find volunteering opportunities:
  • Online directories like Do-it and Vinspired can help you to find volunteering opportunities.
  • Local volunteer-run organisations, such as community libraries, Scout groups and charity shops, are always looking for new volunteers.
  • Volunteer Centres can advise you in person on places to volunteer in your local area.
  • You can contact charities directly to see if they have any opportunities available.
  • Volunteering opportunities are often listed on job websites, especially ones like CharityJob.
Making the most of volunteering
Almost any kind of volunteering will look good on your CV, but there are steps you can take to make sure you're getting the most out of your hard work:
  • Find a way to volunteer that's related to the career you're interested in. For example, working in a charity shop is relevant if your career will involve dealing with the public. Aspiring web designers might offer their services to local charities to build a portfolio.
  • Keep a record of the things you do while volunteering - you can refer to this when writing your CV or applying for jobs.
  • While you're volunteering, keep an eye out for opportunities to try new things or take on responsibility.
  • Treat your volunteering role like a job: turn up on time, dress appropriately and work hard.
  • Ask your manager if they would consider providing a reference when you're applying for jobs.
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