Whether you have lots of work experience or none, volunteer experience can be a great addition to any resume’s experience section. A volunteer position can help you put yourself above other job seekers, especially when it comes to an entry-level position or a position that places a lot of emphasis on helping your community. How do you list volunteer experience on your resume, and why is it important? Here’s what you need to know.
All volunteer work will look good on a volunteer resume. It’s all professional experience that showcases you care about other people. However, if you have volunteer work that’s relevant to your job, that will always be the best place to start. An aspiring veterinarian, for example, might choose to list volunteer work at a local shelter.
Highlighting volunteer work is important in both your resume and your cover letter. Just like you should use the ResumeHelp resume builder to create a resume you’re proud of, you should use the ResumeHelp cover letter builder to build an equally great cover letter. Plus, these tools can give you cover letter and resume tips to help you improve your resume overall, even more than just adding volunteer work to it.
If you list volunteer work on your resume, the hiring manager may ask about that work when reviewing your skills section or your relevant experience. Before you go into your job interview, think about how you want to discuss each job in your resume, and how it can apply to the job you want, so you’re not taken by surprise if the interviewer wants to talk about your volunteer work.