Is there a difference between showing that you are a member of an organization on your resume and your volunteer experience? In this video, learn if there are differences and how to showcase your volunteer experience on your resume to showcase your volunteer work.
- Are you a member of a marketing society? What about you 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've ever held an actual title, then there is a high likelihood it will fall into this category. Treasurer of your sorority, you can put that 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 skillsets. 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 its 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 is an organization out there that needs your help and would be happy to utilize your experience. It's a win, win.
Stacey explains what to include and exclude on a resume and how to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right format, tailoring 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 unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
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- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.