We are all M.A.D here!

Making A Difference, aren't we?

Working at the local animal shelter, helping out at the fund raiser or event planning at the town fair, we have all made a difference in other's lives.

But it is a common question that is it acceptable to put volunteer work on resume? And what job profiles allow for including this volunteer resume?

The professionals at Hiration say that these experiences are an excellent way to showcase your key skills. They can definitely be put with other work experiences on your resume - in certain situations only.

So, what is the best way to listing your volunteer work on resume?

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In this blog post, we will show you how and when to add volunteering work and where should you list it on your resume.

This post will cover the following topics:

Why to Include Volunteer Work on Resume

Our professional identities are not just about 9-5 jobs.

  • According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn, 41% of employers find volunteer work as valuable as paid work.
  • About 20% of recruiters in the U.S. have also hired a candidate based on their work experience.
  • Only 30% of applicants list volunteer work on a resume. Most recruiters prefer to see volunteer experience on resume.

No wonder if you put it on your resume, you have a win-win chance of grabbing the job.

Apart from the skills required for that particular job profile, volunteer experience brings highly sought after qualities. It shows to the employers that you are:

  • Willing to get involved in your community
  • Take initiative
  • Make things happen

It would be a terrible mistake to not grab such an opportunity.

When to Include Volunteer Work on Resume

It is very confusing to decide where to put volunteer work on a resume. There are various possibilities about this section.

Let us take a look at all of them. It is very important to add volunteer work in the following scenarios:

  • Recent college/high school graduate: If you are a recent college graduate with a limited professional experience. As a fresher, you probably do not have a lot of work experience. So, volunteer work must be central to your resume.
  • Break in your professional career: If you have taken a significant amount of time away from professional environment. This might be because of your shift into another field, depressed economy etc. Listing your volunteer experience on resume is a great option. It shows that you have spent the time actively developing new skills.

How and Where to Include Volunteer Work on Resume

Now, the question is:
How can you include your volunteer experience on resume to have maximum benefit?

The answer:
That depends. On the relation of your volunteer experience with job profile.

  1. The best place to include volunteer resume is the "work experience" section if:
  • It is relevant to the job
  • Very little paid work experience
  • Resume gap

Example:

Software Engineer
Mealspot, FrenRock, Bordeaux Chapter
Held a volunteer position as a software engineer for Mealspot chapter.
Handled front-end programming duties.
Customized an android app to track all 345 delivery clients.

  1. The best place to include volunteer resume is a special "volunteering" section if:
  • Not related to the job offer
  • Lot of paid, related work experience

Example:

Volunteer Experience
Volunteered biweekly as cafe assistant staff at Goodcoffee.
Cloth folding volunteer thrice a month for an year at local cloth market.

Quick Tip: If you are planning to put volunteer experience on a resume as work experience, then you can even name it like that.
Example: "Financing Experience," or "Accounting Experience."

Use power words and action verbs to make your volunteer section on resume look even more powerful and appealing. Check out this blog post by Hiration on how to use them in your resume sections here.

Following qualities are usually displayed in a volunteer experience on a resume. And the best part is: The hiring managers love it!

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Serviceable Mindset
  • Compassion
  • Passion
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Self-Motivation
  • Honesty
  • Physical Fitness
  • Customer Service
  • Dependability
  • Specific Job Skills

Checklist for Volunteer Work on Resume

The super volunteer resume checklist is here!

Adding volunteer work to your resume makes it stand out like the Sword of Durendal.
Just follow these important tips:

  • If it is relevant, add volunteer work to your professional experience section.
  • If it is not relevant, or you have lots of paid experience, include volunteer work on your resume in a separate section.

Keep in mind the following formatting tips while making a volunteer resume:

  • Prefer bullet points rather than a paragraph

Example:

Spoke on a panel about stress management at the IRT Conference for students.
Volunteered twice a month as a product deliverer for FedEx.
Wrote a blog on time and money constraints for kids for "Workell" Magazine

Do you have any questions about how to make a volunteer resume?
Give us a shout in the comments!