When you are applying for a job, it’s important to showcase your passion and engagement with the world around you. Volunteering is one way to do this—it shows that you care about causes outside of work and want to make an impact in your community. When looking at someone’s resume or LinkedIn profile, recruiters and hiring managers often look for evidence of volunteer experience over other types of community involvement like service clubs or social groups.
Highlight your values and passions.
Volunteering is a great way to show your passion and highlight your interests, which can be valuable for your career. It also gives you the chance to build relationships with people who may be helpful in your future.
If you have any experience volunteering, make sure that you include it in your resume for these reasons:
- Volunteer work shows employers that you are a team player. It shows that you’re willing to go above and beyond for others, even if it doesn’t benefit yourself as much (or at all).
- Volunteering also shows employers that you’re a leader—you will be responsible for making sure things run smoothly on the volunteer project, which involves managing other people’s time and efforts.
- As an added bonus, volunteering demonstrates good listening skills because volunteers need to listen carefully when working with clients or customers so they understand their needs better than anyone else does.
How to add Volunteer Work on your LinkedIn Profile
Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to adding Volunteer Work on your LinkedIn Profile.
Step 1: Add volunteer work to your LinkedIn profile.
To add volunteer work to your LinkedIn profile, go to the “View Profile” page on the top right of your homepage. You can also click on “Edit Profile” under the profile picture in the top left hand corner of your screen.
Step 2: Click “Add Experience” and select “Volunteer Work” from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Select the type of volunteer work you did (e.g., Charity/Nonprofit) and enter the name of the organization you volunteered with, as well as dates of volunteering service (month/year). If you have any other information about this organization that you want highlighted on your profile, like awards or honors received while volunteering there, you can enter that information here too!
Step 4: Click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page when finished adding all relevant information about your volunteer experience!
What to put on the Volunteer Work field
You should list any memberships in professional organizations you hold, including roles and responsibilities. This can help you stand out to potential employers.
It’s also a good idea to mention your involvement with any student groups or organizations that have relevant experience. For example, if you were president of the business club in high school or participated on a debate team, this could show commitment to leadership activities and teamwork.
You may also list your board memberships if you are on the board of an organization or foundation. This is a great way to show that you have leadership skills and that you are committed to serving the community.
If you have time for hobbies outside of work and school (and even if you don’t), include them as well! These can show how much time (and money) people are willing to invest into their interests.
Volunteering can be a great way to build your resume and get noticed by employers. If you’re looking for a job in the near future, it’s definitely worth considering.