Charity, it’s all for a good cause:

Doing something for charity is not only a wonderful thing to do, but can also do you wonders on the playing-fields of employment. Perfect for raising skills and boosting your image at interview…

It may sound somewhat contradictory, the idea of pursuing charity to promote yourself, and of course we would never want to suggest such thing be motivated out of self-interest, but if you are currently giving up your time to a good cause, we have good news. Not only are you helping the universe, you’re also boosting your employability – and we’d call that a big win-win!

So, how does doing your part for charity help improve your career potential?

  1. Showing you are a good person

Believe it or not, companies like employing nice people. We are sure you are all wonderful souls, but (remember our big mantra: show, don’t tell?) actually doingsomething tangible for charity proves it. Plus, it makes a great talking point in interview!

  1. Demonstrating a set of positive traits

Raising money for charity is often based around the idea of sponsoring someone for taking on a personal challenge. So whether you are baking thousands of cakes, shaking a bucket or training for a marathon, you will be demonstrating commitment, positive attitude and discipline – all traits employers are hungry for.

  1. Your very own campaign

Raising money for charity normally involves you creating a marketing campaign for yourself. Creating posters, updating Facebook, Tweeting billionaires – it all forms part of your very own campaign. This often involves some sort of design savvy as well so, overall, an incredible hybrid of skills. Ever done something for charity and ended up in the newspaper? That’s good PR in a nutshell!

  1. Communication, the employability skill of champions

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, but communication skills are increasingly important in our globally connected world. Asking someone for money is never easy, and initially can be quite awkward, but breaking through that barrier and doing it all the same shows the crucial ability to communicate

  1. Working with money

Finally, sponsorship gives you experience of working with and taking responsibility for other people’s money, a process that forms the lifeblood of any industry. Making a spreadsheet of sponsors and totalling up what everyone owes you for your noble efforts shows numeracy and computer literacy as well!

Have you done something for charity that you think really boosted your employability? Anything to add? Get in touch: hello@foresightcareers.co.uk