As a volunteer centre, Volunteer Calgary long promoted the idea that volunteering gives individuals an important edge in any job market. Using your expertise to give back to the community not only demonstrates soft skills like caring, commitment, and leadership, it also can lead to the development of new talents and open doors when it comes to your next job search.
We were very excited to learn that LinkedIn, the largest professional social media community sees enough value in volunteer work to include volunteering on individual profiles.
Individuals can now highlight relevant volunteer experience at non-profit organizations, including the skills and functional areas in which they worked. An added bonus for the non-profit and the individual is that when the volunteering is with an organization that has a Company Page at LinkedIn, the name of the organization becomes a hotlink over to that organization’s Company Page.
In addition, LinkedIn’s new Volunteer Experience & Causes section also allows users to share the causes they care about and the organizations they support. This formal acknowledgement of the value of volunteering to professional development and networking by LinkedIn also offers new opportunities for non-profit organizations to increase their impact and awareness in this community.
Volunteer Managers may want to put LinkedIn in their toolbox as another way to acknowledge and recommend or “endorse” their volunteers. They may also want encourage volunteers to include their volunteer positions on their LinkedIn profiles, which is a great benefit not only the volunteer but also demonstrates the impact of their organization by revealing some of the individual volunteers behind its brand and mission.
Take advantage of this great opportunity to link up your professional and volunteering networks to better showcase your skills and experience!
Check out Volunteer Calgary’s LinkedIn Page.