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Using Skills Gained Through Volunteerism in Job Searches: A Workable Strategy

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A number of recent theoretical and empirical articles have examined various aspects of volunteerism. Research which has established the increasing importance of career development as a primary goal of many volunteers has largely been concerned with individuals already established in their careers. This article extends current research by focusing on recent or soon-to-be college graduates. It integrates career-development volunteerism research with recent work from the job search literature. The paper includes specific suggestions for obtaining volunteer experience which targets employer-identified desirable job skills.

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Phillips, A.S., Phillips, C.R. Using Skills Gained Through Volunteerism in Job Searches: A Workable Strategy. Journal of Business and Psychology 14, 573–577 (2000).

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