Do you duck your boss when he or she requests volunteers? You wouldn’t if you wanted to boost your career. What many employees fail to recognize is that “volunteering has a snowball effect, often leading to other career opportunities,” says Deborah Smikle-Davis, director of promotions for Architectural Record. During her 16-year tenure, SmikleDavis has participated in corporate mentoring programs, chaired various committees, and recruited donors for the company-wide blood drive. As a result, Smikle-Davis developed good relationships with upper management.
They’ve invited her to private corporate functions, recommended her for awards and included her on special projects. Why? Smikle-Davis believes that employees who volunteer are more highly regarded than employees who focus only on their job descriptions. Will volunteering help you climb the corporate ladder? George Fuller, author of The Work Place Survival Guide (Prentice Hall; $14.95), explains how:
- Achieve high visibility. Volunteering in the workplace enables you to showcase your talents more than your daily routine will allow.
- Expand your network. Participation in Committees allows you to interact with individuals from other departments while you discover your company’s resources.
- Acquire new skills. As a volunteer, you can obtain additional training through company-sponsored workshops or seminars.
- Enhance your resume. Include your accomplishments on your resume or job application. Volunteering can help you score big points with a prospective employer.