How to Become a Virtual Volunteer
A few months back, while I was trying to figure out my future after graduation, I thought it would be smart to look into ways to improve my resume. Just like the millions of other college students getting ready to graduate college, I wanted my resume to look more impressive than the other people applying to those same positions. I knew from past experience and speaking with successful professionals in different fields that volunteer and internship experience on a resume always looks great. But during a time where I wanted to start getting those job applications done, I knew finding internship experience at such short notice was going to be a challenge. So volunteer experience was the big winner for me.
In the past, I always thought that volunteering had to be done in person. When most people think of volunteering, basic positions come to mind. Things like working in a soup kitchen, tutoring younger students, raking leaves in an elder’s yard, or working in a food pantry. But just as the rest of the world is evolving and the internet is becoming a necessity in every day life, I was thrilled to discover that online volunteering is an amazing reality. Quickly, I knew I wanted to become a virtual volunteer.
What’s a Virtual Volunteer?
Volunteermatch.com is the website you need if an online, virtual volunteer experience is what you’re looking for. Though they have postings for local opportunities, clicking the virtual option gives you tons of opportunities for online volunteer experience. Companies and non for profit agencies are looking for young people to volunteer a bit of their time completing different online tasks for them. Some are temporary positions for a one-time type of task, while others are more of a long term opportunity.
Each opportunity has a way to apply for it, just like many jobs do. It’s important to fill out the application so you can be contacted for the position if chosen. Here are a few different opportunities that companies are either currently looking to fill or have filled in the past.
- Back-end Java Developer.
- Online Tumblr Page Moderator.
- CSS Developer.
- Grant Writer.
- Online Tutor.
- Graphic Designer.
- Social Media Manager.
You can narrow your search by creating your own account with VolunteerMatch.com. Creating an account leads you to choose different cause areas, such as environmental causes, animals, and health and medicine. You can also search for keywords if you’re looking for a certain type of job or cause. It’s very important to make sure you read the full description of the opportunity before applying for the position,
Are you a little skeptical of these virtual volunteer experiences? VolunteerMatch.com has a page dedicated completely to stories told by volunteers all over the United States! You can read through what other people have done to gain valuable volunteer hours, both online and in person.