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Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers

Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers

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By John Rossheim | Monster Contributing Writer

Sure, volunteering shows the world that you’re well-rounded and altruistic. But does giving to the community give anything back to your career?

“Yes” is the answer given by large majorities of workers responding to the Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey, fielded by Opinion Research in 2005. More than three-quarters of full- and part-time workers polled said that volunteering helped them make networking contacts, learn business skills or develop leadership abilities.

But when it comes to career advancement, not all volunteering opportunities are created equal. “We’re finding more and more high school and college students are thinking carefully about how their volunteering assignments will appear on their resumes,” says Robert Goodwin, president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC.

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