Note: This post was originally published on March 2, 2010 and was revised on September 30, 2010.
By now, you might have already heard that SFU Volunteer Services is looking for blog writers. As one of the current volunteer writers for the ENGAGE blog, I’d like to personally encourage you to apply.
I can probably go on and on about why you should consider applying, but here are my top 6 reasons:
- Expand your network. This might be cliché by now, but volunteering can truly help you meet professionals in your chosen industry. I can assure you, though, that that’s not a myth.In my case, it was through the SFU Volunteer Services staff that I was able to meet the people who hired me for my current paid role as a Student Researcher & Writer for the SFU Online Learning Community. I’m not promising that the same thing will happen to you, but at the very least, this position can help you meet individuals who are involved in their communities as well as staff working in the higher-education sector. The networking possibilities are endless!
- Enhance your online Reputation. Have you tried searching for your name on Google lately? Your online reputation is important because employers are now using search engines to find out more about potential employees.When you volunteer as a blog writer, your articles show up in a Google search because of your byline. Thus, this position can help you build a professional image online while helping you build up a writing portfolio. One way or another, this volunteer position may help you land that dream job someday!
- Improve your communications skills. As a blog writer, you can hone your skills to prepare you for the workplace. As a student as well as an employee, I find that the papers we write for classes have a more formal tone than what is used in the workplace. Blog articles have a more conversational tone, so writing this type of articles can help you prepare now for the writing required when you enter the workplace.
- Feel connected to the SFU community. Because part of your responsibilities is to have some knowledge of what’s going on around campus, you’ll find that you’ll become more aware of various exciting events around campus. For example, it was because I wrote an article about it that I was encouraged to learn more about becoming an Orientation Leader. Also, it was probably because of this position that I found this year’s Leadership Summit even more rewarding. As I wrote about that event, I was better able to reflect on what I’ve taken away from that one-day conference.
- Meet great people. In addition to the wonderful staff of SFU Volunteer Services, you also get to meet successful alumni and inspirational student leaders through this position. My first article was about Crystal Kwon, an SFU alumnus who was able to get her career started in large part because of a volunteer position. I also got to meet Sean Peters, an SFU student who co-founded Global Agents for Change and the keynote speaker of this year’s Leadership Summit.
- Gett your voice heard. The ENGAGE blog gives me a good platform to articulate things I have in mind. Were you one of the thousands of Canadians who was against proroguing Parliament? You can write about that on this blog. If you’re ticked off about tuition fee hikes, you can also talk about that! This position also allows you to advocate for the things you truly care about. I thought the Haiti relief efforts were really important, and I am really thankful that I was able to write an article on how SFU students can help with those efforts.
Other selling points of this volunteer opportunity that you should be aware of include the flexibility in schedule and the supportive environment that the staff provides. I can’t say enough good things about this position. I am confident that you’ll also find it rewarding.
Do you have any questions regarding the position? Please leave a comment below if you have anything in mind.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete details about this position, click here. If you’d like to learn more about SFU Volunteer Services, visit the official website. You can also find Volunteer Services on Facebook and on Twitter.
By Kelvin Claveria