Volunteering: A Give-and-Take Experience

Are you between jobs? Or maybe you’re trying to land your first job. Or perhaps you’d like to change careers all together. Not only do volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of giving to their community and helping a worthy cause, they also get valuable experience. Volunteering can fill gaps on a resume. The key is finding the right volunteer opportunity. Think carefully about what you want from your volunteer experience. Although you’re not paid for volunteer work, it’s still work. Almost all volunteer efforts build skills in communication, motivation and teamwork. And volunteer work will usually provide you with a good reference, a must for most job applications. Many corporations are involved in volunteering too. Volunteering can be the key to a better professional network. Shine at your volunteer job because you never know who’s watching.

You’ve Been Fired … Now What?

“Whose fault is it?”It’s natural to want to blame someone when you’ve been fired, whether you blame yourself, your boss or a colleague.But it’s not productive.It’ll be difficult, but try to look at the situation objectively. Take some responsibility for what happened, but don’t beat yourself up. Instead, learn from the experience and plan how you can prevent this from happening at your next job.Try not to dwell on anger or bitterness, but channel that energy into your search for a new — and even better — job. Sooner or later, an interviewer will ask you why you left your last job. And you should have a response ready.Keep your explanation short. Be calm and objective, and never assign blame. End your explanation on a positive note by emphasizing some of your accomplishments and what the experience taught you.