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For better career networking, go organic

Kristen Lamoreaux | March 17, 2016
Networking while doing volunteer work for charities is a long-term IT career strategy with lifetime benefits. But remember to put the cause first and networking second.

With organic networking, employment opportunities flow both ways -- candidates can meet future bosses, and leaders can find their replacements. "I have hired and been hired by fellow board members and philanthropic contacts. The shared interest and relationship opened the door for opportunities," says Juliano. "It's still up to any candidate to show competence and capability, but the shared experience goes far in answering less tangible questions about trust and character."

Organic networking takes time, but it won't kill your calendar. Juliano and Ballai both say they spend about two days a month on philanthropy. And hours spent volunteering pay off, whether you network or not.

"Along the journey in working with nonprofits, you will definitely find growth and uncover resources for your business," says Ballai, "But my focus in collaborating with others is on making a difference to those in need. When you know your work is impacting lives, you've accomplished something irreplaceable."


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