- If I was interviewing potential employees, the one that was volunteering would stand out big time!
- Jobs often come from relationships with people who you get to know ... all of the people who you come in contact through your volunteering will know that you are looking for a job ... and they will have there eyes peeled because they will believe in you (because you are volunteering). And they will be able to talk about you because they will have the story to tell about your volunteering! That is a lot more assistance than everyone who is just putting in job applications is getting.
- It is hard not to get depressed looking for work ... but if I was spending x amount of time looking for work and the rest of my time being productive as a volunteer, then I would stay in a pretty positive state of mind from working and helping other people.
You can follow your passion for who you want to help, or experiment with different volunteer environments to learn about yourself (like teaching your trade to others, when you have never taught), or you could go totally analytical and volunteer doing basically what you want to do when you are hired. Regardless, there is a wonderful energy in keeping busy and productive.
I really hope this idea is a help to someone :)