Easy Ways to Give Back to Your Community

Easy Ways to Give Back to Your Community

When you look around and see stories of people donating thousands or even millions of dollars to various causes, it can kind of feel like there’s not a whole lot that one ordinary person can do. Most of us don’t have that kind of money lying around to donate, nor do we necessarily have the time or resources do dedicate years of our lives to volunteering full-time. For the people that do, those are obviously incredibly important and great ways to serve others, but most of us don’t have that luxury.   Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t things regular people like us can do each day to help others in our community (or even around the world)! Here are a few quick and easy ways you can give back to your community:   Go through your closet. Whether it’s a sweater that doesn’t fit anymore or that dress you bought years ago but never wore, there are probably at least a few clothing items in your closet that you could donate. You might not need it (and you might be glad to get it out of your apartment), but it might be incredibly helpful for someone else. Volunteer. This doesn’t have to be time-consuming or elaborate. A quick Google search will probably turn up lots of shelters, soup kitchens, or other organizations in your city that are probably always looking for volunteers. Even if you can only help one night a week or for a few hours on the weekend, it’s definitely worth the time! Get a haircut. If you’re willing to grow your hair...
Great Skills to Add to Your Resume

Great Skills to Add to Your Resume

Internships, work experience, volunteer hours, education and extracurriculars – it seems like every time you blink the list of things you should have on your resume keeps growing. And while you’re obviously trying to keep you resume short and sweet (thanks to that helpful “one page” rule of thumb), you still want to fit as much information as possible into the space that you have.   That obviously includes your experience – jobs, internships, and volunteer work – and your education and extracurriculars – especially leadership positions. But if you have the room, it’s also a great idea to showcase any special skills that you have that relate to your field. Need a few ideas? Here are a few to get you started!   Coding. I know this brings up the image of someone huddled in a basement in front of a computer all day, but these days knowing one or more programming language is an incredibly valuable skill! There are a lot of options, from HTML/CSS to Java to C++, and each has its own uses. When you’re ready to start, there are plenty of apps and websites out there to help jumpstart your learning! Photoshop. Knowing how to edit photos is a great tool to have in a lot of different fields, and having even a basic knowledge of Photoshop or some other photo-editing software looks great on a resume. Or, if movies are more your thing, video-editing is also a great option. Office software. Microsoft Office is the default here, but there are other, less-common software suites that you might be familiar with. It’s almost an expected skill...