Time to help others
Lack of experience
People are increasingly trapped in the ‘no experience, so no job interview’ cycle. The rigidity and time commitments required by traditional forms of volunteering or such regularised work are off-putting however micro-volunteering and working would provide this much-needed experience.
Now a new web-based service is allowing individuals to personalise the patterns and amounts of time they are able to work or devote to helping others and by so doing build up valuable work experience across a wide range of activities and organisations.
Reliable track record
Slivers of Time provides ‘online markets’ for users’ available spare hours, so individuals can give or sell their time (and organisations can book it) for ad-hoc sessions of micro-volunteering or micro-work. The Slivers approach allows people to fit this activity flexibly around other commitments – such as job-seeking, studying, or childcare, for example.
All Slivers volunteers are vetted, and can then post their availability online – with personal settings controlling factors such as preferred travel distance, types of organisations or specific tasks, or maximum hours per week, for example.
People can quickly build up a track record of their micro-activity, with documentation to demonstrate a range of employability skills, such as reliability, depth of experience, transferable skills and acceptability to multiple organisations.
Wingham Rowan, founder of Slivers-of-Time explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time. (TED, January 2013)