Dedicating your time to a social cause — while benefiting other people, groups, or organizations — can also help you find and land your dream job. Through volunteering, you can develop the valuable transferable skills and gain the critical experience you need to break into the job market while making your CV stand out.
Mark Horoszowski, co-founder and CEO of MovingWorlds, joins Devex for an exclusive webinar looking at how your social good experiences can help advance your career. MovingWorlds is a global platform that helps people volunteer their expertise with social impact organizations around the world, and Horoszowksi has years of experience helping individuals pursue their interests and work toward their career goals, while creating positive social impact.
Horoszowski explains how self-reflection — from understanding your prefered type of work environment, to knowing what drives you, to recognizing your own strengths — can help you figure out what you want in your career. Next, you have to ensure you are pursuing the right opportunities to build your skills through “experteering.”
Finally, Horoszowski share his tips for how to highlight these experiences in a way that makes you stand out to an employer. He recommends following the STAR format — situation, task, action, result — which “helps you actually put your experience into an effective manner,” on your resume or online profile. Whether it was volunteering, pro-bono, or unpaid work, “if you delivered actual results, which in theory you can do as a skills-based volunteer, then it is a professional work experience and it should be represented that way on your resume,” explains Horoszowski.