Sep 28, 2018 - 04:48 PM
Yes, you can put volunteer work on your resume. To include volunteer experience on your resume, add in a section titled “Volunteer Experience.” This heading should be in the same font—and have the same font size—as your Skills, Work History, and Education sections. Alternatively, if you have been on the board of the organizations you volunteer for, you can name the section “Leadership Experience.”
Format your volunteer experience section in a manner that is similar to your work experience section. Include your title, the name of the organization, the city, state, and the dates you volunteered there. Under this information, you can include a few bullet points (no more than five) that detail your responsibilities. Typically, your title will be “Volunteer” or “Board Member” or “Committee Chair.”
The one thing to consider when it comes to profiling volunteer experience is this: applying for jobs is similar to going to a dinner party. There are certain things you wait to share when you don’t know someone well. Those things center around two primary topics: religion and money.
If your volunteer experience is related to religion or politics, you should be aware that by including it, you are sharing information about your personal beliefs with the employer. Of course, your religion- and politics-based volunteer experience could tie to the industry or particular job that you’re interested in. If that is the case, then definitely consider including it!
Aug 17, 2018 - 09:35 AM
You may have experience in a certain field, such as retail, but want to show you can handle more than what your boss has given you. Perhaps you organized an event for a local homeless shelter, which shows you know how to plan events and lead a team. You can transfer those skills to a new position, instantly making you a more attractive candidate than if you focused on your daily retail duties.
The truth of the matter is that employers like seeing candidates with dedication. It speaks to your character that you take time out of your day to help a noble cause without any compensation. However, one point to keep in mind involves volunteer work for religious or political organizations. You may not want to risk an employer discriminating against you for your affiliations.