There are tons of extracurricular activities to choose from in college–Greek life, sports teams and special interest groups. While there are usually a wide variety of groups to join, volunteering-focused groups are not only a great way to give back to the community, but they can help give you an edge when it comes time to find a job.
Build a Network
Volunteering provides lots of opportunities to interact with people and form new relationships. There are volunteering opportunities where hundreds or even thousands of people come together to help a cause, and you never know who you might meet. If you join a group that you can volunteer with often, this can lead to long-lasting friendships and potential contacts when you enter the working world. Some organizations provide full-time job opportunities, and if you find a passion volunteering for a certain group this could be a great segue way into starting a career.
Boost your Resume
As said by scholarships.com, volunteering provides great resume boosters such as time management and teamwork. Giving your time to others helps show you have the skills to take on unpaid positions while succeeding in other aspects of your educational experience. In addition, many volunteer efforts require teamwork—one of the most valuable qualities in potential employees. In college, I was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. My experiences from holding leadership positions to working with different types of people, all while helping others, has provided great talking points during interviews.
Bring Fulfillment into your Life
One often overlooked aspect of volunteering is how it can help you. When you help someone else it, in turn, makes you feel good about yourself. According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, research has shown that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Companies want to hire healthy, happy people with good social skills. By volunteering, you can bring fulfillment into your own life, while honing skills that can make you a valuable candidate for jobs.