JOB seekers with little or no work experience have an opportunity to improve their CVs while helping charity organisations in need.
Skills-based volunteering placements are on offer through the ‘forgood’ platform, which aims to provide people with opportunities to improve their job prospects, while helping out organisations that do good.
“The need for further education or training, internships or solid work experience is often emphasised to young people. Through no fault of their own, most matriculants and some graduates don’t have this. This makes applying for jobs intimidating and more often than not unsuccessful,” said forgood.co.za CEO, Andy Hadfield.
The website categories by location and area of focus, while people looking for posts can also list their skills on the site for organisations to view.
“In many cases, the job seeker is aware of their talents and skills – be that coding, design, writing or top marks in accounting, but they have yet to find opportunities to demonstrate them. Especially when entering a first job, or coming in at a junior position, a portfolio of work – paid or not – is a big foot in the door. It sets you apart from other candidates with similar qualifications,” he said.
Hadfield offers four tidbits of advice to job seekers:
1. Volunteer smartly, with intention – it’s about finding opportunities that present a learning and growing curve.
2. See volunteering as an opportunity to chase your passions and challenge yourself – you are much more of an asset to an organisation if you take up a job you enjoy.
3. Find something that is meaningful for both you and the cause. This could include reception work, tutoring, proposal writing, language translation, design work, social media, marketing, fundraising, administration or data capturing – the opportunities are endless.
4. Feature your activities on your LinkedIn profile – the site reports that 41% of employers consider volunteer work to be as important as paid work. It also makes you a more interesting and diverse candidate.
Go to www.forgood.co.za/campaign/index/get-work-experience-by-volunteering to find volunteer experience.