Getting started with volunteering
As with all types of jobs, paid or unpaid, preparation is key to making an impression on your prospective organisation.
Choosing the right voluntary work for you
Think carefully about what motivates you, but also think about:
- how much time you have available
- which areas or locations you would like to work in
- which size organisation you would prefer to work for
- what your areas of interest are
If you need more help or guidance, get in touch with us at [email protected] or on 020 3506 6112
Applying for your first volunteering opportunity
Not all volunteering opportunities require the same application procedure. Some organisations might want to speak to you on the phone, others might ask you to send in a CV, covering letter and/or application form.
If you need to send in a CV, edit your CV to match the volunteering opportunity you are applying for.
Spend some time researching the organisation to ensure that it’s the right choice for you and to have a better understanding of what it does and how you may best support it.
Speak to our Career Consultants
Before sending out your application form, calling a host organisation or sitting for an interview, organise a quick query session with one of our Career Consultants by calling 020 7911 5184 or emailing [email protected]
What to do if you don’t hear back
Don’t feel discouraged by the lack of response. Not all organisations have the resources to reply to each applicant – most of them will only have time to write to applicants that have made the short list.
Some organisations will, however, provide feedback on your application if you ask them. Always try to get feedback if you can – it will allow you to identify areas to improve in your application for next time.
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