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Advance Your Career Through Volunteering

By Adrian Jamieson


Career Growth Through Volunteering

Get The Experience You Need When You Can’t Get It at Work


Looking to make the next big jump in your career?


Volunteering may just be the way to do it with opportunities to grow your skill set, gain experience in a leadership role, and expand your network.


Fortunately, the greater Phoenix area has a vibrant nonprofit community with lots of ways to get involved.


Volunteering can do a lot to help you build your resume.



Upskill Without Paying Tuition


Whether you are looking to improve your photography skills, gain hands on experience working with animals, or need a little more practice with your industry’s go-to software, there is likely a nonprofit out there that would be happy to have your time and talent.


Just be upfront when talking with nonprofits about your current skill level and make sure it matches their needs.



Leadership Experience Before The Promotion


Leadership opportunities are also often offered by nonprofit organizations.


Service on a Board, advisory council, or young professionals society can help you grow your strategic planning skills and gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing our community. GET Phoenix is just one such organization.



Interested in Becoming a GET Phoenix Board Member or Community Ambassador?

Drop us a line [HERE] to learn more!




Grow Your Network Through Service


Another great benefit to volunteering is the chance to grow your network.


There are dozens of great volunteer focused networking groups throughout The Valley looking to add new members. These groups often combine socializing with volunteer projects for different nonprofits and may just be the key to your next referral.


When looking to get started in a new volunteer role, look for roles with organizations that align with your personal interests and values.


With more than 20,000 nonprofit organizations across the state, there is plenty of opportunity for you to find something that aligns with your interests, be it mentorship, healthcare, social justice, or the arts.



Volunteering Opportunities in Phoenix


Not sure where to get started?


Check out VolunteerMatch or Hands on Greater Phoenix to search for volunteer roles by interest area, time commitment, or what part of town you're in.


Depending on the volunteer role you are pursuing, some nonprofits may want to interview you before getting started. Use this time to ask questions about the organization, and be upfront about your personal goals as well as your availability and scheduling preferences.


Once you get stated in your volunteer role, don’t forget to add it to your resume and LinkedIn profile!


Take credit for the amazing work you're doing and don’t be afraid to brag a little. An hour of volunteer work in Arizona is valued at over $25 by the Independent Sector, so know that your time is valued and appreciated by the nonprofits you devote your time and talent to.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adrian Jamieson moved to Arizona in 2013 to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration at ASU, and has since been an active member of the Arizona nonprofit community.


As the Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Adrian is dedicated to serving Arizona’s children and has a heart for missions that serve those who are most vulnerable. Adrian is also the Vice President for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Arizona and serves as a Rookie member of Suns Charities 88.


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Photography by Tim Chow Studio

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