Volunteering Helps Build a Resume
“This generation of millennial’s tech savvy has connected them to people and places around the world, and enabled them to view themselves as Global Citizens”, says author Diane Spiegel in her new book The Gen Y Handbook. ” She goes on to write that they feel strongly about giving back to the community, and that in her research, 50% of this generation currently in the workplace volunteered during high school to support a number of diverse causes in their communities.
This remarkable trend is often fostered by in-touch parents who bring the dedication of service to others into their homes and family culture at an early age, not just in high school. The Boys and Girl Scouts, National Charity League, Church Youth Ministry programs, and my own son’s group, Lion’s Heart, foster individual and group service activities. This weekend, my 8th grade son and 6 of his Lion’s Heart friends are working at a local Special Olympics – starting their shift at 6am! (Yikes – and I have to get them there at that hour on a Saturday!). Who gets more out of this? I’m sure it is my son and his friends.
This is also a valuable element of building a solid high school and college resume, demonstrating leadership, commitment, a work ethic and team work. Unlike other activities where a special talent or skill is required (drama, music, athletics for example), ANYONE can volunteer their time and whatever talent they bring to the table! Many employers integrate service and giving into their organizations, fostering a culture of giving back…and prospective employees that already share that value are just that much more desirable!
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