Today, LinkedIn launched their Volunteer Marketplace. Clearly a nice fit for the business networking platform as they report that 82 per cent of their users want to volunteer their time.
The most recent Statistics Canada numbers report that 47 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and over did volunteer work.
So if you find yourself in that group of people that would like to find an opportunity, but just haven’t yet, here’s your chance.
And if you’re looking for a new job, there’s just a little extra incentive. LinkedIn reports that 41 per cent of hiring managers consider volunteering equally as valuable as paid work when they evaluate candidates.
How individuals can use LinkedIn for volunteering:
- Find opportunities to volunteer through LinkedIn
- Share the causes you care about as well as your experience on your profile
- Let organizations know through your profile that you’re interested in being contacted for opportunities
How non-profits can use LinkedIn to find volunteers:
- Learn about how LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace could work for your organization (including recruiting tips, community building tips and volunteer/board posting examples)
- Post volunteer opportunities
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Diane Begin is a volunteer. Also: APEX’s newest Account Director! Follow her on Twitter.