Study Shows Volunteering Can Lead to Employment

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Right now, millions of Americans are out of work.
In Iowa, the unemployment rate sits at just under 5 percent.
Nationally, it's much higher at 7 and a half percent.
If you're on the hunt for a job, working for free may be the key.
A new study by the Corporation for National and Community Service shows volunteering may get you hired.

According to the study, those who are out of work have 27 percent better odds of finding a job if they volunteer. No high school diploma? Give back to the community and increase your odds of getting hired by 51 percent. Those who live in rural areas are 55 percent more likely to find work if they volunteer.

The study found volunteering helps people find work no matter their age, gender, where they live or what the current job market is like.
This study backs up what non-profits like the United Way have been saying for years, that volunteering puts job seekers ahead of the game in a number of ways.

"It can make connections and hone skills they maybe already have but need to polish. Someone fresh out of college can end up making connections and getting extra skills they can add to their resume," said Kayla Paulson, United Way of East Central Iowa.

United Way offers general and skill based volunteer opportunities for those wanting to give back while beefing up their resumes.

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