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July 2013

4 Reasons to Volunteer While Job Hunting

Unlike many job advice writers, I understand unemployment on a deeply personal level.  In the past several years, I have had two periods of unemployment — nine months in 2011 and four months in 2013. If I had one piece of advice above all others when seeking jobs, it’s to start volunteering. In 2011, I volunteered for the Red Cross in Fargo, ND, and in March 2013, I began volunteering for Daily Work in St. Paul, MN. These experiences saved me. Unemployment, no matter how one arrives at it, is a crippling state.  For the first two weeks, the fear, disappointment, …
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