Get involved with community service to enhance your career
WITH MANDY WOULFE
SHRM-SCP, SPHR, SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM) HAWAII CHAPTER – STATE DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE SERVICES AT DESTINATION RESIDENCES HAWAII.
Advancing your career by working outside your chosen field may seem counterintuitive to some. On the contrary, getting involved in community service and charitable activities that are in addition to your daily job routine brings countless benefits both personally and professionally.
You’ll find that a common trait in successful people is the willingness to step outside of their comfort zones. So take a chance and you’ll be another step closer to your own success.
Q: How can I make time for community service when I can barely keep up with my job duties?
A: Learning more about your own passion and strengths, as well as learning new things, can be incredibly inspiring and motivating.
Serving others outside your job can speak volumes about your character and increase your visibility within the local community. By investing small but important portions of time, you can learn how issues outside your area of responsibility are handled, and simultaneously strengthen your résumé through charitable work.
Q: That sounds difficult, is it?
A: The short answer is, activities outside of work take time, and managing time can be challenging. But the benefits are worth the effort. Being involved in activities demonstrates your well-roundedness and is truly a great use of your time. The rewards of investing in doing work that fulfills your sense of community spirit are many.
Q: Should I try to link my outside activities with my current job?
A: Yes and no. By participating in activities related to your job, you can create more visibility for you and your company out in the community, but volunteering for a food bank, church or beach cleanup can be equally beneficial.
The point is to do things that truly serve the community and make your heart sing. These activities can also serve as a good prompt in a job interview because your interviewer may spot an extracurricular activity or organization they may also be active in, sparking a connection.