There are lots of reasons why volunteering can be beneficial if you are looking for paid work.
Volunteering is a great way of gaining skills and experience. It can also give you the opportunity to try working in a different sort of organisation or in a different type of role from paid jobs that you’ve had previously, this can be especially useful if you are considering a change. Many organisations will be happy to give you a reference, after you’ve volunteered with them for a while and this can be useful when completing applications or updating your CV.
Volunteering can give you a great confidence boost and help to build self confidence, both of which can be particularly useful when applying for jobs and attending interviews.
It’s also useful to know that most organisations will cover your expenses, so you shouldn’t be left out of pocket.
Finding a volunteering opportunity
There are all sorts of volunteering opportunities supporting all sorts of different organisations, so you can hopefully find a role that is convenient and that interests you.
Have a look on Volunteer Scotland’s website as they advertise all sorts of roles across the whole of Scotland.
Find out about volunteering opportunities with Age Scotland.