Have you done some volunteering in the past, or currently involved in one? If that is a yes, you can include your volunteer experience in your resume. It can show employers your key skills and see what passions you pursue outside of the workplace.

But, how can you include your volunteer experience on your resume without looking out of place?

Here are some things you need to know and tips on how to add your volunteer experience to your resume:

Know When To Include Your Volunteer Experience

Volunteer experience can be considered as work experience if it is related to your job in some way. For example, if you are volunteering as an events planner for a non-profit organization and applying for a public relations position, you can show your volunteer experience.

You can also add your volunteer experience to your resume if you have little work experience or a gap in your resume.

Learn Which Volunteer Work Isn’t Related To Your Job And Where To Add It

If your volunteer work isn’t relevant to the job opening you are applying for, you can still add it to a special section of your resume. Hiring managers like seeing volunteer work in a resume because it can determine what kind of person you are and if you have the values the company values. It is also an excellent way for companies to see if they can build new connections with organisations they want to work with.

For example, if you are working as a volunteer at a soup kitchen, you can add this experience to your resume to show that you are a team member and have a service mindset, which can help in the job you are applying for.

Listing Your Volunteer Experience To Impress

Whether your volunteer experience is relevant to the position you are applying for or not, you can add your volunteer experience to impress the hiring manager. You can put them on bullet points and list down the major projects you have done during your volunteer work.

For example, if you were a team leader for one of the main projects of the non-profit organization you are volunteering for, put it on your resume.

Do You Leave It Off Your Resume If It’s Not Related?

If your volunteer work isn’t related to your job or you are not so sure if you can add it, it is still recommended that you add it in a special section.

As mentioned above, hiring managers love to see volunteer work in a resume to see the values or qualities of an applicant and if they have noteworthy achievements. You can place them in a special section like “Additional Activities” or “Others” for the hiring manager to look into.

In Other Words

Volunteer work is a refreshing experience, and it can help you stand out when applying for a job. If you have experience as a volunteer, don’t be afraid to add it to your resume, even if it is not related to the job. Hiring managers will have a better impression of you when they do see it in your resume and give them a reason to consider you for the job.

Looking to enhance your resume to make it look attractive? Here are some helpful tips:
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23 replies on “How to Include Volunteer Experience on Your Resume

  1. These are great suggestions, but it would be really useful if companies included a range of compensation in the job discretion. I will never fully understand, why they wish to waste individuals time instead.

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  2. Thank you! You’ve answered a question that has bothered me for a while, how to include volunteer information when you know the employer is looking for that but the experience you have isn’t directly related to the job at hand. I’ll file away that tip about the special section for future use.

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