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Monday 22 August 2011

Volunteering 'can develop workplace skills'

Sales recruitment candidates hoping to give themselves an advantage in the jobs market may find that volunteering can help them to develop skills that can be utilised in the workplace, one expert has suggested.

Becci Newton, senior research fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies, said the major benefit, from a personal development perspective, of volunteering, is that people are doing something applied in the workplace.

She explained that there are differences between volunteering and work, particularly between volunteering and training, but young people are nevertheless gaining practical skills in the workplace and developing employability attributes, as well as skills, and building their networks.

"It brings people into touch with people who they wouldn't have met with previously, gets them working better within authority structures and better able to think about their relationships with older adults and think about their contribution," Ms Newton added explained.

She noted that many people do not appreciate the amount that is involved in volunteering and what comes out of doing it.

Recently, Stephen Hoare, writing for the Independent, noted that overseas trips or even projects in the UK give people the chance to help their community and enhance their chances of employment by giving them something different and impressive to include on their CV.

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Posted by Wayne BlyADNFCR-1617-ID-800707169-ADNFCR

Source: The Sales Executive News

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