Finding the time to volunteer isn’t easy. It’s difficult to make time for yourself, let alone others in the community. But what if you were allowed to take time out of your work day to volunteer? Would you be more inclined to give back? The answer, for most, is a definite yes. That’s why employer-supported volunteering is a novel solution. Companies that support volunteerism will often let employees take time off work to volunteer or support these employees with company resources.
Whether you’re a student searching for a summer job, a university graduate hoping to jump into a new career or a professional in need of a change, building an eye-catching resume that speaks to your strengths is crucial when trying to land a new gig. Education and work experience is important, but did you know that volunteer experience can be just as valuable? If you have volunteer experience, you’re aware of the benefits, and if you haven’t tried your hand at volunteering yet, now is your chance.
Our Volunteer of the Week is the perfect example of channelling your passion into a voluntary pursuit. Edmontonian Liane Langlois may work at an office during the day, but by night she is an avid motorcyclist. It started out on her uncle’s farm, where he had a Honda motorcycle she would take any opportunity to ride while visiting. As she grew older, the enthusiasm for riding never ceased and she fully embraced Edmonton motorcycle culture.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".