Learn how volunteer work can be best represented on your resume to improve your chances of getting the job you want by showing the advanced or additional skills you obtained via volunteer work. When making a career change or if you have been unemployed for a while, this video will demonstrate how you can showcase your volunteer work as actual work.
- Have you ever joked that your volunteer work is like having a second job? If so, you might actually be able to treat it that way. At least, on your resume. When searching for areas where you can strategically position yourself to get the job you want, this is an important one. Begin by assessing the type of organization you've spent your time with, and the duties that you have fulfilled. There are professional organizations, like the American Bar Association, Society for Human Resource Management, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Association of Women Lawyers.
There are also civic organizations, like Kwonos, or Chamber of Commerce. The Red Cross, American Heart Association, and Habitat for Humanity all fall under charitable organizations. And then there are your alumni associations, usually university related. There are thousands of others, so this is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list. But I mentioned a few just to help jog your memory. Look back at your experience within an organization. Were you one of a few thousand members, or did you actually fulfill a role that would be useful to your resume? If it's the latter, then this strategy will work for you.
In your official capacity as a board member, were you responsible for the profit and loss statement? Did you help create a marketing strategy? Maybe you were responsible for an increase in membership. Treat your volunteer responsibilities like a job, and include them on the resume in their own section, in exactly the same way that you would if they were listed in your professional experience section. Volunteer work can also demonstrate leadership ability. It's very difficult to motivate people to complete tasks without actually paying them.
Providing examples of how you manage this speaks volumes about your character. And as a bonus, your passion for an organization and commitment without pay will be admired. The volunteer work section is extremely valuable when attempting to make a career change, or when starting out in a new job without any actual work experience. You can use your experience in a volunteer role as a substitute. And since there is no shortage of organizations that need skilled, unpaid assistants, the sky can be the limit when adding to your resume.
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