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#1 Allizoid   User is offline

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Volunteer work

Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:10 PM

In preparation of finishing my degree (2 years from now), I thought it would be a good idea to get a job so I can put some past work on my resume. The problem is, a lot of positions have already been filled by employers keeping their Christmas casuals, and of course the GFC. Since I don't have a strong need for money I thought perhaps some volunteer work would be a good alternative.

So my questions are;
Would employers prefer volunteer work over paid work, or is a mixture preferrable?
Does it matter if the volunteer work doesn't really relate to my ideal job?
What if my resume only contains volunteer work?

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#2 no2pencil   User is offline

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Re: Volunteer work

Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:17 PM

View PostAllizoid, on 9 Jan, 2010 - 11:10 PM, said:

What if my resume only contains volunteer work?

As long as it's relevant work experience, it says two things.

1.) You enjoy your work enough to do it without pay
2.) You pro actively search for work rather than sit around with "education experience".
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Re: Volunteer work

Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:19 PM

1.) They prefer to see paid work as it shows you were good enough to be accepted into that position and how long you were, what you did, etc. shows good work ethic. This only goes so far however, as volunteer work shows your not lazy and will put a solid effort forth, it really shows character.

2.) Volunteer work is good all the same.

3.) That's a little embarrassing, but everyone's gotta start somewhere. You might not get your dream job the first time round but that doesn't mean after you put a few years of effort forth that you won't.
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