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Building relationships is a critical part of your job search and career strategy. Successful individuals attend many networking events. However, if walking into a room and shaking hands with strangers isn’t your thing, try building your professional network by volunteering for a charity.


Volunteering is a great way to give back while meeting new people and potentially building business relationships. If possible, volunteer for projects that will showcase your business skills. For example, exhibit your project management, communication, and leadership skills by organizing a charity event. Other ways may include handling finances, working with the media, managing social media, or creating marketing materials. You’ll be doing what comes naturally and, in the end, it will feel good do do something for others.



Susan Caplan is the go-to MARKETING YOURSELF expert. She is an inspiring keynote speaker, consultant, teacher and author of the Marketing Yourself to the Real World™ book series.


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