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Philanthropy as a Networking Tool

The pandemic-driven economic crash this year has seen a lot of people lose their jobs. While there is some evidence of a recovery occurring in many parts of the world, unemployment rates are still remarkably high in many industries and professions.

Project managers are no more immune to that than anyone else. That means that there are a lot of project managers with more time on their hands, and an increased need for volunteering to help out sections of our communities that are being hard hit by the impact of the pandemic.

That creates the potential for project managers to showcase themselves to potential employers by volunteering—using philanthropy as a networking tool that may result in an offer of employment. But not all opportunities to volunteer are created equal, so how do you go about choosing the best ones—the endeavors that will provide personal networking value? I think there are a number of elements that you can look for.

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