Resume Sample for a Volunteer Position

How to Highlight Unpaid Work

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Employers are taking a much closer look at candidates' volunteer activities. If you're wondering if employers consider it legitimate experience, the answer is yes. In fact, a LinkedIn survey found that 41% of hiring managers believe volunteer experience is equally as valuable as paid work. However, people are still cautious about how to best showcase volunteer work on their resume--LinkedIn found that  89% of professionals surveyed had volunteer experience, but only 45% included it on their resume.

Showcasing Volunteer Work on Your Resume

If you have volunteered in the past, list that experience first on your resume. It will show the organization how you have helped along with the experience you gained. If the experience is relevant to your career goal, draw even more attention to it. Then follow the volunteer experience with a section on your work experience.

Alternatively, you can group volunteer experience in with your paid jobs under a heading simply “experience." You can also include related activities. For example, if you're applying to volunteer for a school literacy program, include any experience that you have working with children.

Often, experience outside of your field goes towards demonstrating character. Volunteering for work with at-risk youth, in a prison or with a hospice shows that you are committed, caring and well rounded. However, don't go overboard and overload your resume with good deeds such that it hides you actual work accomplishments.

Also, don't list a volunteer activity that was a one-time event or that you do twice a year. If you can't speak about it in depth during an interview, you may be stuck.

If this is your first time volunteering or you don't have much volunteer experience, here's how to include the volunteer experience you do have on your resume.

 

Volunteer Resume Example

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Sarasoga Hospital
June 2006 - Present
Responsibilities: Volunteering in the Maternity Unit - assisting nurses with medical duties and daily tasks, watching over infants in the nursery, filing and chart work, stocking nursery supplies, compiling necessary paperwork for patients, bringing infants to and from patient rooms and checking for correct identification.

Sarasoga Rowing Association
March 2008 - Present
Responsibilities: Website design and maintenance, image editing, and content creation.

Mountain Resort
November 2009 - April 2010
Responsibilities: Helped teach ski lessons, shadowed ski lessons and supervised children in the resort day care center as a volunteer.

Barack Obama - Organizing for America
September - November 2009
Responsibilities: Made phone calls on behalf of Barack Obama, informing citizens about Obama's campaign for presidency.

Greenthorn Child Care Center
June 2009 - September 2009
Responsibilities: Assisted with child care, chaperoned field trips and played with children.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Boyle and Boyle Communications
January 2006 - Present
Web Editorial Associate
Responsibilities: Web site design and maintenance, writing and editing web content.

Heathstone Associates
June 2004 - January 2006
Web Assistant
Responsibilities: Web site maintenance, web content editing, photo editing and publishing.

EDUCATION

Florida University
BA, English Literature

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