Landing that first management position can be a hard task to accomplish. The competition can be tough and other candidates may have more qualifications than you do. It’s important to make yourself stand out from the crowd and prove that you have what it takes to not only be the manager that your employer is seeking but also a manager that is going to go above and beyond their expectations.
How can you make yourself stand out from the rest of the candidates? How can you prove that you have the management experience that your employer is looking for? The secret key to these questions is to volunteer your time with non-profit organizations. More specifically, volunteer to manage different tasks, events, or departments within the non-profit organization to gain more experience.
Volunteering for management positions will also show your drive to better yourself and gain experience outside of the company you are currently in. Higher-ups within your company will view this as a strength since you are going out of your way to increase your knowledge and skills about management on your own time.
There are many benefits to volunteering for non-profit organizations, especially in terms of your career. One of the main benefits is being able to expand your network among different professionals in different industries. This could give you the opportunity to speak with people already in management positions, so you can hear what they did to reach the position that you are seeking.
By volunteering for management positions in non-profits, you are able to learn new skills that management candidates need to have to show they are capable of the position. Hiring managers also report that they value volunteerism. In a survey done in 2012, 65% of hiring managers said that they find that volunteering is an important aspect to look at when selecting candidates for positions.
Above all, when you volunteer for management positions within non-profits, you are gaining experience that you did not have before. This can only help you proceed in the direction you want to go. You will gain the experience needed for the management position in the company you work for and be offering your services for a good cause.
Using this secret key will help you land that first management position and give you experience along the way. It will help you stand out from your peers within the company that are applying for the same position and give you the upper hand when your boss has to make his final decision.