Career Calling

April 28, 2012

Volunteer Experience on Your Resume

Everything you put on your resume should have one purpose: To make a potential employer want to interview you.  Some people list volunteer experience on their resume without linking it to their career objective.  Why should the employer care about that information?

Make the employer care by showing how your efforts as a volunteer will make you a better employee.  If you’re in sales, volunteering in fundraising, especially if you are solicting donations, will be relevant to your career.  Likewise, if your charitable work involves event planning, this experience often fits well with marketing or hospitality resumes.

Don’t make the employer guess at how your volunteer experience matters.  Take the time to show how it will make you a better employee.

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