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Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Kim Isaacs | Monster Resume Expert

New Grads

Entry-level workers with minimal or no work experience should emphasize their volunteer work — even make volunteerism a central part of the resume.

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“Many recent college grads do not have that much work experience, so highlighting — in a skills-oriented way — their volunteer experiences is a great way to go,” Montermoso says. "They can highlight communication, leadership and planning skills while showing that they are adaptable and self-motivated.

You can incorporate volunteer work in the regular experience section if you have little or no paid work history. Treat the experience as if it were a paid job — list the organization’s name, location, your functional title, dates and accomplishments. Be sure to indicate your volunteer status in the description or next to the title.


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