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Graduate volunteers gain vital job experience

Published: Friday, 20 February 2009   Category: Charities

Those looking for graduate jobs should try their hand at volunteering in order to gain experience to put on their CVs, according to a survey by volunteering organisation V.

Jobseekers who have done volunteering work are more motivated, according to 50 per cent of employers surveyed, and 41 per cent of graduates interviewed said that the recession has made them more likely to go out and find volunteering working to improve their CVs.

V will be launching a new awards scheme to help graduates develop their skills and chief executive Terry Ryall said he wanted to get volunteers "recognised for their contribution to the community and we can only do this through the endorsements of employers".

Head of education and skills at the Confederation of British Industry Richard Wainer added: "Volunteering is one way that they can stay active and keep in close touch with the world of work, learn new skills and contribute to communities."

Volunteering agency Volunteer Centres Ireland has announced a one hundred per cent increase in applications, with its 7,545 new registrants predicted to grow to 12,000 in 2009.


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