Research carried out, on behalf of Timebank by recruitment specialist Reed Executive found that almost three quarters of the UK’s top businesses prefer to recruit candidates with volunteering experience on their CV. 73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without and 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary or being promoted. Volunteering is like doing a course, you don’t get paid but the skills and knowledge you gain enables you to get the job you want. Go to www.do-it.org to search for opportunities near you.