[ 2006-07-17 10:14 ]
While the idea of volunteering to work for a company for free to get your
foot in the door sounds good in theory, in reality, it is simply a bad idea.
Were the company to take you up on your offer, in most cases the employer
would be breaking the law.
"Even nonprofit and governmental organizations using volunteers cannot assign
them to tasks similar to work customarily performed by employees. Volunteers
cannot be involved in the nonprofit's work that is a commercial enterprise
competing with other businesses (such as a church thrift store or a hospital
gift shop). And if you're seeking to volunteer for a for-profit business, think
again. You cannot waive the right to receive the minimum wage for the work you
do; otherwise, employers could routinely exploit desperate employees by asking
them to waive all or part of their wages. A reputable company is not going to
risk legal liability by hiring "volunteers" - not when you could later sue them
for back wages and penalties covering the hours you worked. However, as state
laws vary, you should consult with a local attorney regarding the idea of
working for free."
Rather than "working for free," here are a few other ideas to get your foot
in the door (对中国学生也同样适用):
1. Volunteer for nonprofits to gain experience;
2. Agree to work for a
lower wage for a probationary period (试用期);
3. Register with numerous temp
4. Become active in trade, professional, or civic organizations
and indicate your desire to work for the organization.
Your persistence will produce results, but don't allow companies to take
advantage of you.
（改编自：英文荟萃 原作者Don Straits 英语点津 Annabel 编辑）