I believe that opportunities are EVERYWHERE! My last job before I started my own business, The Super Organizer, came about after I came on for a week to help a friend at a conference. I made a strong impact, i got along with the bosses and I was offered a job. I turned 1 week into 7 years! Also I volunteer with several organizations like The Trevor Project. Connections are made and if you are looking for a job, sometimes it’s who you know that can lead you TO a job.
My life is busy but I feel it’s important to give back to your community. Volunteering doesn’t mean you have to give 8 hrs a day of your time. It can be 2 hrs a weeks; once a month for 6 hrs; 4 times a years. You get the idea. Opportunity can be borne out of this. The person who shows you the ropes to teaching writing to people with disabilities might someday HIRE you for a permanent, full-time position at the agency. Paid! OR become a GREAT reference when you apply for a similar job elsewhere.
Volunteering is also a good way to test out things you might be interested to do. Not everyone knows what they want to do. You might want to go into the medical field, volunteer at a hospital. Sales seems interesting to you, join your childs annual drive for financial contributions. You can find out if it’s for you and that the direction you want to go. And again you are making connections..that could lead to a job.
How do you find volunteering opportunities? Online, Starbucks Message Board in their stores, Church, School Campus, and few of these places: