How to Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Your volunteer work showcases your positive traits to recruiters, but here’s some tips on how to present it.

If you’ve been doing volunteer work, that’s something to be proud of, and you should definitely include it on a resume. Volunteer work shows that you are committed to something beyond yourself, you are compassionate, and motivated to work. These are positive traits whether you’re just looking for temp work in Polk County or a permanent job in Central Florida. The way you should include it in a resume depends on what type of volunteer work you’ve been doing and what type of job you are looking for.

At KB Staffing, we value the importance of the time you’ve put in doing volunteer work. Community service and being involved in your community shows you care. That’s why we want you to know the best way to showcase that volunteer experience on your resume.


Is Your Volunteer Work Relevant for the Job Opening?

The first thing you need to determine is whether your volunteer experience is relevant to the work you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for accounting work and you have been handling the books for your daughter’s Girl Scouts troop, that’s something you want to highlight. Include a section for “relevant experience” where you can list your responsibilities at both jobs and volunteer gigs. Be as detailed as possible when you list what you were doing. You want to convey that the volunteer work you were doing gave you valuable experience toward the job you are applying for.

On the other hand, if your volunteer experience doesn’t exactly align with the work you are seeking, include it in a separate section labeled “volunteer activities.” This is where you can list the organizations you have been working with. You don’t need to give details as to what your responsibilities were if it isn’t relevant to the job you are applying for. This lets the employer know that you are service-oriented and community-involved without overwhelming them with unnecessary details.

Recruiters love to see volunteer work on resumes, so don’t be scared to toot your own horn a little. When you finish your resume, bring it in to KB Staffing so we can help you find a good job. We are an expert staffing service that is ready to help you find those Central Florida jobs. Come by our office at 1560 6th St SE in Winter Haven to get started right away, or create an account to apply for jobs online at our website!

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