Our professional identities are no longer only about what you do from 9-5. According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn, 41% of respondents consider volunteer work as valuable as paid work when evaluating candidates. About 20% of hiring managers in the U.S. also stated they've hired a candidate based on their work experience.
No wonder. In addition to skills particular to every position, volunteer experience always shows an employer that you’re willing to get involved in your community, take initiative, and make things happen. Volunteering shows qualities that are highly sought after in every industry. It would be a terrible mistake to pass on such opportunity.
Short answer? Always. However, you should take a special care to emphasise your volunteer experience on a resume if you’re:
How do you organise your volunteer experience on a resume will depend heavily on how they’re related to your career target.
Marketing Intern, Amazing Studio, Niagara Falls, NY, Summer 2015 - Conceptualised marketing plans for technological and real estate markets, which increased company revenue by 12% in 6 months. - Developed 6 web advertising campaigns. Substitute Teacher, Teach for America, Somers Point, NJ, 2013 to 2015 - Planned and executed lessons based on curriculum requirements. - Provided for materials for classroom instruction. - Proved competence in teaching, leadership, and mentoring.
Volunteer Scout Leader, Boy Scouts of America, Lambertville, PA, Summer 2009 to 2013 - Coordinated, mentored, and trained several scout troops. - Led weekly meetings and organised yearly summer camps - Secured parent involvement and participation in activities.