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How To Find Summer Volunteer Work

Photo Sep 11, 7 31 14 AMEarlier this week, I was visiting a class at Rock Island High School answering some student questions on employment. One student asked me “How can I find volunteer opportunities?” In this blog post, I’ll tell you exactly how to do that.

I have mentioned the benefits of volunteer work many times on our podcast. There are several situations in which volunteer employment can help your employment search:

If you are under 16 years old:
Gaining work experience can be a little difficult if you’re under 16 years old. It’s important to get experience though, that way when you fill out applications for your first job, you have something to write in the “Employment History” section. A completely blank application isn’t going to impress anyone.

If you are 16 years old or older:
If you are applying for jobs, doing volunteer work not only pads your resume and application, but it also shows that you have a good work ethic. It shows that you are willing to give up your time to help others.

That student at Rocky verbalized what many of you are thinking right now – “How do I find volunteer work?”

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with Alisha from Davenport Volunteer Connection. Davenport Volunteer Connection is a program that connects people that want to volunteer with agencies that are looking for volunteers. Although “Davenport” is in their name, DVC serves the entire Quad City region.

Summer is a great time to do volunteer work. If you’d like to to find volunteer work, visit DVC’s website – http://volunteerdavenport.com, call DVC at (563)888-3200. If you’d like some advice on volunteering or want help connecting with DVC, you can call Don or Cindy at our office at (309)796-2500.

Summer is a time for fun, but it’s also a great opportunity to work and get yourself on a path to employment success.

“Everyone can be great because anybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King

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“How to Gain Work Experience (and Money) Over Winter Break”

This week, I’m releasing a blog post rather than a podcast episode. I have a nasty cold and you don’t want to hear me coughing through the episode. But I didn’t want to skip the topic this week because if you have been waiting for this episode to find out how to gain work experience or money over your winter break, I don’t want to leave you empty-handed. The podcast will return on January 16, 2014.

If you would like to see this week’s job leads, you can find them here. This is not the best time of year to find a job, but there are a few businesses that are hiring. You will see that things really slow down after the holidays. But just because you are going to have a hard time finding job openings doesn’t mean that you can’t gain work experience and money over your break.

Last year, I covered this same topic and you can find tips and suggestions for gaining work experience over winter break by listening to or watching Episode #14.

You’ll quickly notice that we’ve improved our production of the video podcast significantly in the last year, but you’ll find that the content from a year ago is just as relevant.

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Video of Tip of the Week for 10/22/2012

Janine Olson is the new Youth Transition Educator and she gives us the tip “Do Your Research”.

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Video of the Tip of the Week for 10/15/2012

This week, Gary Maiden provides us with the QCSTEP.com Tip of the Week. Gary’s tip this week is “First Impressions, Lasting Impressions”.

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Video of the 10/01/2012 Tip of the Week

Here is the video of Cari Stewart’s QCSTEP.com Tip of the Week for the week of 10/01/2012. In this video, Cari explains how to handle the interview question/statement, “Tell me about yourself.”

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Video of the 9/24/12 Tip of the Week

Here is the video of the first Tip of the Week. In this first tip, Gary gives some good advice: Don’t Be Too Picky!.