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How to improve your IT job prospects by volunteering

Sharon Florentine | Sept. 24, 2013
Unemployed? Don't sit at home and wait (and hope) for an opportunity. Volunteering your IT skills is a way to keep current and show potential employers your business and technical acumen, your character and your drive.

Not only that, Brosseau says, but working on open source projects demonstrates a candidate's ability to collaborate, work well with a team, and highlight their leadership skills and ability to work independently.

"If a candidate came to me and said, 'I was let go six months ago, but I've thrown myself into these kinds of projects, built up my skills and helped the community in the process,' I'd have a sense that they were motivated, driven and altruistic," Cava says. "And that's the kind of person I'd want to hire."

 

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