Guest writer Business Mentor NY explains the benefits of skills-based volunteering.
Business Mentor NY began working with LinkedIn and Civic Consulting to connect with pro bono professionals throughout New York State. Civic Consulting connected Business Mentor NY with LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace, a site for professionals to identify and pursue skills-based volunteering opportunities.
In a survey, 82% of LinkedIn members stated that they wanted to volunteer their skills.
“Business Mentor NY is a great opportunity for LinkedIn members to do just that, use their professional skills for social good,” said Alison Dorsey of LinkedIn.
The relationship with LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace is a huge win for Business Mentor NY, enabling us to discover and connect with professionals who have expressed interest in high-quality, skills-based volunteering opportunities. And there are quite a few, as over one-million LinkedIn members have indicated that they would like to do skills-based volunteering!
Professionals are actively seeking out volunteer opportunities to leverage their skill sets make a positive impact on the world outside work. LinkedIn members also love Business Mentor NY, with hundreds of professionals applying to mentor our businesses.
Skills-based volunteering is good for your career, too.
Volunteering is a great way to develop leadership skills, expand your professional network, and obtain new skills by trying new approaches. In a LinkedIn survey, 42% of hiring managers stated that they consider volunteer work equivalent to full-time work experience. And 20% said they had hired someone because of her or his volunteer experience.
Try your passion on for size.
Everyone dreams of earning a living from what they love doing. Volunteering is a great way to test-drive your passion as a career. It’s an opportunity to do what you enjoy in a low-risk setting and also highlight your talents, which could prepare you for that dream job.
You never know who you’ll connect with.
Volunteering exposes you to people you would not encounter otherwise. Who knows, maybe you’ll help the next cronut-maker or Steve Jobs get off the ground!