By Greg Tucker
This is National Volunteer Week and we wanted to be sure to highlight one of the greatest benefits of volunteering – it might help you land your next job.
A Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) research report, Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment, found the most compelling empirical evidence of the association between giving your time and getting a job.
- Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers
- Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51 percent higher likelihood of finding employment
- Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment
CNCS also found that volunteering is associated with an increased likelihood of finding employment for all volunteers regardless of a person’s gender, age, ethnicity, geographical area, or the job market conditions.
You can learn more at the Research and Report section of the CNCS website.