Career Karma: 3 Great Ways To Help Others Find Work

Last Updated Aug 3, 2011 2:28 PM EDT

Whether or not you're currently looking for work, there are few things more gratifying than helping others find jobs. Career experts say giving back can also transfer into more positive feelings about your own career or job search. "Volunteers have to be positive, upbeat, and energetic, and by 'acting as if' you are all of those things while you volunteer, you actually start to feel them again yourself, which can help reinvigorate your own search," says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO/Founder of FlexJobs.

Volunteering in whatever capacity can also help you stay active and engaged. "It is a great way to gain new skills to add to your resume or to refresh skills that you haven't used for a while. You will [also] develop a new network who can [help]," says recruiter and author Abby Kohut. So while hiring is still slow in many areas, and job cuts are still a reality, why not help someone if you have time and experience to give?

Here are 3 great ways to get started.

Next up: Helping people look the part
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