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Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Kim Isaacs | Monster Resume Expert

Career Changers and Workers Reentering the Workforce

According to Jason Willett, director of communications at VolunteerMatch, volunteering is one of the best ways to develop and showcase new career skills. “Just because you weren’t financially compensated for a skill doesn’t mean that you don’t have a talent for it,” he says. “Mentioning volunteerism-related skills that are relevant to the professional world is one of the best ways to position yourself for a new career field.”

Quinn Sidon, director of recruiting and alumni development at Cross-Cultural Solutions, a leader in the field of international volunteering, spreads the word about the benefits of volunteering. “If you’re between careers, including your volunteer work may help to offset the professional path your resume outlines and facilitate a discussion toward explaining your career change,” says Sidon.

Willett emphasizes it should be clear you’re listing volunteer experience and not paid employment. “It doesn’t minimize your skills in any way, but it does indicate that you value good communication and are not in any way trying to misrepresent yourself,” he says.


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