Volunteering: How Helping Out Helps You Stand Out In the Workplace

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Last week was National Volunteer Week, an annual event that, since its inception in 1974, has raised awareness about the  growing role volunteerism plays in strengthening communities. But did you know that it can also help you stand out in a good way in the workplace?

LinkedIn recently shared that 1 million members have added charitable causes to their profiles and pointed out that over 60 percent of those members are Millennials who highlight their volunteer efforts as a part of their professional identity.

Some might argue that they can’t afford to work for free, but here are a few ways in which volunteering can help you land your dream gig:

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Now I Know… (AKA Advice for the Graduating Class – Part II)


They say hindsight is 20/20 and that all advice is autobiographical.  So, when we thought about offering tips to this year’s graduating class, in addition to considering some of our favorite tidbits, we asked our colleagues and contributors to share one success strategy based on their experiences:

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I Wish I’d Known That (AKA Advice for the Graduating Class – Part I)

We’ve spent a lot of time over our careers sharing advice with college seniors and recent graduates, and both of us have more recently spoken at our respective alma maters — University of Michigan and Ithaca College — to impart tips, tricks and lessons from our book, Be Your Own Best Publicist.

So, as the various schools finish playing “Pomp and Circumstance” and the throngs of young talent begin to take the walk from classes to corporate life, we wanted to share more of our favorite bits of advice to set them on their way.  We got so many great nuggets of wisdom from colleagues, friends and mentors that we’ve broken them into two installments.  Here’s the first part:
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News You Can Use: Forever Indebted — Rising Debt Makes Finding the Right Gig Vital For Grads


This past weekend, Meryl spoke to 175 seniors graduating from Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications, where she also earned her degree. She, like so many graduates, feels  connected — even indebted — to her alma mater for the experience and access that it provided.

Interestingly, this year’s graduating class is indebted in a completely different (and quite disconcerting) way. The Wall Street Journal reports that, thanks to rising costs of education, those graduating from America’s colleges and universities this spring share a dubious distinction: the most in debt ever. And, according to a recent poll, a staggering 85 percent of graduates will move back in with Mom and Dad to try to stave off financial ruin while seeking a job to pay off the monies owed.
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News We Can Use: Poll Shows Importance of Networking for “No Regrets”

According a survey released this week, a vast majority (71 percent) of recent college graduates would have done something differently while in college to better prepare for the job market. Nearly 30 percent of those surveyed wish they had done more networking prior to graduation; about a quarter said they should have started their job search earlier and about the same wished they had applied to more gigs.

But, whether you’re about to don a cap and gown or you’re just thinking about graduating to your next opportunity, this is absolutely news you can use to better your own career:
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