How to write your own Refugee Volunteer resume?
1. Treat your volunteer experience as regular jobs
Just because you aren’t getting paid, it doesn’t mean that it’s not a valuable experience. In fact, most hiring managers love volunteers and consider their work as valuable as paid jobs. Whether it’s climate change campaigning or working for an NGO, these jobs show that you took on a new role and learned useful skills.
As a volunteer, feel free to include your volunteering jobs in the work experience section as you would full-time jobs. Detail your duties, learned skills and key accomplishments. The resume above does just that:
Refugee Volunteer Work Experience Example
Team Coordinator and Fundraiser (08/2018 - 11/2018)
"Served as a volunteer in refugee camps on the Croatian borders. I coordinated a team of volunteers and ensured cooperation with organizations in the field. I facilitated distributions in the camp, provided activities for children and youth. As a fundraiser, I worked on securing funding and donations for the project’s activities."
2. Improve your resume with strengths
Including strengths on a resume as a separate section is kind of old school. But it can enhance your resume if soft skills are specifically required for the position you’re targeting. This is the case for volunteering. Even though the majority of volunteer jobs don’t require any specialised skillset, you should have strong soft skills.
These are usually addressed in the job description. Highlight the required strengths and ask yourself the following questions. Which of these do I have? Which of these are the most important? Create a list and ensure that your strengths are relevant. This will also help your resume to get past the ATS system.
Refugee Volunteer Strengths Example
"Action-oriented, Public speaking, Working under pressure, Empathetic, Flexible/Adaptable, Team leader"
As a volunteer, you can write reports and articles about your volunteer experience or specific problems of your target group. If it’s relevant for the job you’re targeting, then your future employer would surely like to know. Include it in your resume as a separate section. Provide a title, publication date, and all authors. Ideally, you should include a short publication summary.
Notice how the resume above mentions a relevant publication along with a brief description. It also includes a hyperlink for an online source, so anyone reading the resume can access it: