Is there a difference between showing that you are a member of an organization on your resume and your volunteer experience? For an explanation of that difference and how to showcase your volunteer experience on your resume, view this video on volunteer experience. Stacey will walk you through how to showcase your volunteer work.
- Are you a member of a marketing society? What about your alumni association? If so, that's great, but your experience probably doesn't belong in the volunteer experience section of the resume. It really belongs in a section labeled memberships and affiliations. But if that's the case, then you're probably wondering what does go here? This is where you describe work you did on a volunteer basis. If you ever held an actual title then there is a high likelihood it will fall into this category.
Treasurer of your sorority? You can put here. Membership chair for the Girl Scouts? Fundraising captain for your sports team? Yes, that goes here too. President, vice president, chair, co-chair, secretary, treasurer, advisory board member, they all go here, because what you should be able to demonstrate is your ability to utilize additional skill-sets. In the memberships and affiliations video I used an example of my involvement with the National Association of African Americans in HR, but here I'll use the example of the National Association of Women MBAs.
And again, if I simply paid my dues and attended an event or two I would list them under memberships and affiliations. However, that is far from the case. Instead, after paying my dues I promptly started the first professional chapter of the organization, I ran board meetings for many years, I planned events, I sat on the national board, and worked so hard as a volunteer that I was eventually hired as a paid staff person. Most of what I did may have been unpaid, but it was most definitely work.
Therefore it gets its own section on the resume, which mirrors the professional experience section, but has it's own label, so that a potential employer understands you were not employed by the organization. Volunteer work demonstrates managerial skills, planning skills, sales and fundraising skills, negotiation skills, accounting, marketing, people skills. Providing your volunteer work in this section isn't about recognition, it's about showing versatility.
If you have volunteer work to show, that's great. If you don't, it's easy to get started. There's an organization out there that needs your help and would be happy to utilize your experience. It's a win, win.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for