How’s business? It’s all in your head

Jennifer Giering
Dearborn Chamber of Commerce President

If someone you know is looking for work, consider volunteering as a transitional career. You will make new contacts, enhance your resume and learn new skills all while making a difference.

If you search volunteer opportunities online, you will be surprised at the opportunities. I found was a good resource. You can volunteer at church, for a political campaign, a local school, the animal shelter or at an office simply assisting the already overtaxed staff. This also gives the business or organization a chance to see you in action.

Even recent college graduates would be a great asset to an organization by bringing a fresh perspective, new ideas, and experience when it comes to manage a social media campaign.

A few important things to consider when looking for the right opportunity.

• Make sure you have an interest in the organization or business so that you have fun.

• Even though you want to add skills to your resume, make sure you have some experience that will be valuable to the organization.

• Get in front of decision makers. These individuals can serve as a reference or may hire you altogether.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 63.4 million people, or 26.8 percent of the population, volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2008 and September 2009.

By volunteering just one or two days a week, you will be making a difference and adding great experience to your resume. And make no mistake, these organizations need “people resources” just as much as you need experience.

Now, get out there and “do something.”