Incorporating volunteering into your job search strategy is a win-win for you and the organization you volunteer for. Remember to treat your volunteer work as seriously as you do your paying job. This according to HR guru Barbara Mitchell in Associations Now. Here advice supports the blog I wrote a number of months ago. In a time when chapters and associations are having difficulty in finding volunteers and spurring deeper engagement, we’ve overlooking the power of talking about volunteering differently.

If you’re looking for a job, think volunteering to build skills, make contacts, improve your resume.

If you’re in a job you love, think volunteering to keep you sharp, expand your horizons, bring new ideas to work, and grow your influence.