Posted by Amanda Deppe on Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 13:00
They say it’s better to give than to receive.
This holds true for many professionals, particularly in the accounting and finance fields. Some of the best in the business give back, offering their services through volunteering, donating time or money, or sharing their experiences in a mentorship capacity with up-and-coming leaders.
But the benefits of volunteering aren’t just for professionals who are currently employed. When faced with an employment gap on your resume, volunteering for an organization that is a good fit with your expertise can show you’re contributing to its improvement – whether or not you’re getting paid for it. In addition to demonstrating your passion and commitment to the community, volunteering with your favorite organization can offer networking opportunities and build your credibility, while also keeping your professional skills sharp.
In my role as director of community relations, I regularly hear from Robert Half employees who love giving back. One such person is Bill Driscoll, Robert Half New England district director. Bill regularly volunteers his time with Junior Achievement of Northern New England, which aims to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in the global economy.
“Community involvement is an important of element in achieving professional success. Giving back to the community is not only very rewarding, but it’s a great way to build camaraderie with colleagues and also meet valuable new business contacts,” Bill said.
While our company works with nonprofits all year, we have a few special programs we hold during the holiday season. In our Bay Area-based Corporate Services locations, we work with the Family Giving Tree, which is dedicated to providing holiday gifts to children and adults from local, low-income families. And offices across the country also bring joy (and presents) to organizations like local Boys & Girls Clubs and Dress for Success, among many, many others.
If you’re looking for organizations where you can help, check out VolunteerMatch.org, which brings good people and good causes together, or see if your company has an online volunteer hub for you and your colleagues.
How can you help to make holiday spirits brighter – this year and all year round?
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