Sep 28, 2018 - 04:49 PM
Recruiters do like to see volunteer experience on a resume—it provides them with additional information about your personal interests outside of work, and allows them to get a better sense of who you are. If you’re in the early stages of your career, volunteer experience can often include leadership experience or board experience that you have not yet received in a professional work setting. If you’re in the early stages of your career and you do have volunteer experience, emphasize it!
If you’re changing career fields, your volunteer experience can show interest in the work field you’d like to jump to. This is especially true if you currently work at, for instance, a for-profit company, but you want to work at a non-profit organization (and you have volunteer experience at a non-profit under your belt).
Do your best to format the volunteer section in a way that is similar to how you formatted your work experience section. You need to include similar information, such as your title, the name of the organization, and its location.
You should also include bullet points under each volunteer activity, where you outline exactly what you did for the organization. If you managed 50 other volunteers, include it. If you raised $10,000 for the charity, share that information.
One final thing to note on volunteer experience—if your experience is related to religion or politics, proceed cautiously with adding it to your resume. You could be unfairly judged by a recruiter or hiring manager based on the religious or political affiliation that’s noted via your volunteer experience. It’s not fair, but it does happen.
Aug 15, 2018 - 09:28 AM