El Paso Employment Outlook: Bleak

El Paso Employment Outlook: Bleak

Volunteering to do some good could give you a competitive edge.

When looking at the numbers gathered at the El Paso, Texas United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics they speak to a pretty undesirable atmosphere. The unemployment rate has been hovering around 10% for many months and the data from this past November (the most recent information available) indicates they have surpassed this mark to 10.3% - a shocking combination of numbers and symbols.

What can residents of El Paso do when looking for employment, when 1 in 10 able bodied people are currently off payroll? Well, the first place to start is an unlikely one: volunteering. I say that it is unlikely because a lot of people would not have that be the first place they would start when looking for a job. I wonder to myself, "why not"? If you are currently on unemployment and have at least some of your income supplemented why not give your time and energy to a good cause while you continue to look for work?In the end you will do some serious good for people who might be a little worse off - and, in addition, you could end up getting a job from volunteering if you do a great job and they hire you or your resume has been updated to show you have been volunteering which could be the difference between you and another candidate.

Where do you start? The places you know are in need and that have special meaning to you are a great place to consider first. If you do not know of any at this time, a great little resource is a Volunteer Match (El Paso) where they can hook you up with organizations in need. You can do some good and perhaps even get a job out of it - and all I see there is "win - win".