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Top 6 sections perfect for a volunteering resume
1. Your Life philosophy
Do you have a quote that defines you well? Something that fits to the way you think about work and life itself. If so, don’t hesitate to add it in your volunteering resume. A simple sentence like this can show so much to your potential employer. Things like motivation, attitude, and character shine through. Especially for a volunteering job this section can work really well.
2. Your Experience
This is the “bread and butter” of every resume. As a volunteer, keep in mind that this section doesn’t only need to include your paid jobs. This is every professional experience you have, including volunteering, side projects, or internships.
Steffany showed her extensive volunteering experience in a section she called “global impact”.
3. What you’re most proud of
This section might seem a bit unusual at first but it tells employers a lot about you. When writing it, think about the moments in your life that have changed you, or were difficult to overcome. Anything from moving to a foreign country through, failing a startup, to coming out of the closet. These are the moments that have changed you or helped you to learn a lesson. When describing them, mention what skills or impact each had on you.
4. Your favorite books
Similar to a philosophy section, including your favorite books which have shaped your thinking is a quick way to help a recruiter understand you better. Especially, if you include books that are perfect for volunteers, such as Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists or Don't Just Count Your Hours, Make Your Hours Count. This will show your potential employers that you like to learn about volunteering, activism, and creating social change.
5. Personal information
It may seem easy enough to include personal information on your resume, but there are a few tricks you probably aren’t aware of. Here are the best practices for all:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your personal website or a Linkedin profile
6. Your passions
When it comes to your passions section, include 2-3 of your most favorite things to do. To make it more specific, describe what is it that makes you happy when you do what makes you passionate. To keep it balanced, include a passion that’s directly connected to the volunteering job you’re applying for.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Volunteering role you want
Applicants who rely solely on their resume to get an interview have less than a 2% chance of getting an interview. At the same time, the sales industry is downsizing (in the US). As you can see, it’s important to give yourself the best shot possible at getting hired. This includes leveraging personal connections to get referred to a job.
So before you start applying for a new sales role, check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.