In a competitive job market, you have to prove your uniqueness, because a standout resume demands more than education and work experience. Volunteering can set you apart from your competitors, and research shows that volunteers are 27 percent more likely to find a job after being out of work compared to non-volunteers. Employers in the current economy are increasingly prioritizing soft skills such as problem-solving, the ability to work in a team, and solid communication, and by giving your time and talents to a well-known organization like Junior Achievement (JA), you prove your valuable personal attributes.
Don’t just list your “skills and qualities” on your resume. Instead, let your volunteer experience with JA show:
You are willing to try new experiences
When you volunteer, you create a hands-on learning environment for kids and for yourself. JA volunteers simultaneously bring the real world to their classrooms while the classroom exposes them to a world outside of their routine. You show a desire to step out of the box, especially if you don’t have prior teaching experience. The entrepreneurial spirit is all about taking a risk to reap the rewards!
You are an excellent communicator and team player
One of the key transferrable skills between JA volunteering and your profession is communication, because not only do you have the ability speak confidently in front of a class full of students, but you can also work strategically and creatively with educators, JA staff and other JA volunteers.
You lead by example
Role models often help shape who we become as adults. By sharing your experience, you show a future generation of leaders what they can achieve. You teach students how to be confident, empowered, thoughtful, and philanthropic simply by being there.
You put your values into action
Community engagement and a commitment to social justice are valuable assets to employers in the 21st century workforce. Volunteering with JA can demonstrate your character and value system, such as your desire to help others and work toward a greater cause.
What are you waiting for? Explore current JA volunteer opportunities and learn more about getting involved on our website.