With summer just around the corner, businesses everywhere are looking for summer help. Teens can be great assets as camp counselors, lifeguards, nannies, grocery store baggers and thousands of other jobs. We may be a bit biased, but we’re confident that the very best teen employees are youth who have volunteered.
Here’s 5 reasons why:
1. They know how to work hard.
Anyone who has spent time bent over, picking up trash at a local park without getting paid understands the value of a hard day’s work. Youth Volunteers will take this same work ethic to their first paid job.
2. They can take direction.
Youth Volunteers have had to learn how to work under different kinds of managers, so they know how to take direction from a variety of authorities and work as a team with diverse workstyles.
3. They can work with a wide variety of people.
Employers need workers who can present themselves professionally to all kinds of customers and work as a team with their fellow employees. Luckily, Youth Volunteers have been practicing all these skills for years. Volunteers have direct contact with the clients they’re serving, whether those clients are 4 or 94 years old.
4. They know the importance of making a commitment.
When a volunteer project is depending on you, you’ve got to keep your commitment. You need to show up on time because the agency and your fellow volunteers are depending on you, and they’ll carry over this same commitment level to their first job.
5. They can roll with the punches.
No job goes exactly as planned, so flexibility and adaptability are hugely important skills for employees to have. Here’s what Youth Volunteer Joy says volunteering has taught her about this: “I’ve learned how to adapt, approach and communicate with people of different beliefs, mindsets, and styles of communication and learned to be patient in these situations.”
Next time you’re looking to hire a new employee, make sure to ask about their service experience!
Looking for even more ways volunteering can help your career? Check out our post of 20 Skills You Learn Volunteering That Can Help You Get a Job.