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This paper presents the results of a research that investigated the extent in which volunteering is present in the population of unemployed in Croatia in Split-Dalmatia county, and in which way volunteering can be a useful way and measure for their faster and more productive reemployment. Attitudes and perceptions of unemployed volunteers have been compared with those from non-volunteers, as well as unemployment records of those two populations. Finally, the potential of volunteering as a tool for faster and more productive employment of unemployed has been assessed.

Strong evidence that volunteering helps to faster and more productive employment of unemployed has been found. Research showed that population of unemployed is very good target group to promote volunteering as the way to acquire new knowledge and skills. Unemployed see volunteering, among other, as a good vehicle to improve their employability and entry into the world of work. Promotion of volunteering among unemployed should be seen as the activity that contributes not only to develop volunteering and increase individual and social benefits from volunteering itself, but as activity and tool to reduce unemployment, shorten unemployment duration for individuals, and increase productive utilisation of human capital.
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Keywords: employability; unemployment; volunteering; volunteers

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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  • The International Journal of Management Cases (IJMC) developed in 2002 from its predecessor The Journal of Management Cases, and present case studies across a broad range of management disciplines. The IJMC is the official journal of the CIRCLE Research Centre. CIRCLE (Centre for International Research Consumers, Locations and their Environments) is a virtual research group spreading over 70 universities.
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