Salary Survey 2018
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Careers

How to Promote Your Volunteering in a CV


Monday, 18th January 2016 at 9:22 am
Staff Reporter
More than just building character, volunteering can add extra value to a CV especially when promoted the right way, writes Not for Profit recruiting expert Philip Mayers.

Monday, 18th January 2016
at 9:22 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
How to Promote Your Volunteering in a CV
Monday, 18th January 2016 at 9:22 am

More than just building character, volunteering can add extra value to a CV especially when promoted the right way, writes Not for Profit recruiting expert Philip Mayers.

Volunteering for a Not for Profit is one of those very rare perfect examples of a win-win-win.

The volunteer gains new skills and experience, the NFP receives free “labour” and – most important of all – the individuals (or causes) the NFP supports are the ones who benefit from services the NFP might not have been able to otherwise provide.

Most people don’t pursue volunteering just because it “looks good on the CV”. They do it for a wide variety of reasons; a connection to the organisation, a passion for the cause, a friend invites you to come along, it’s fun, you have spare time and get sick of watching TV, you want to learn new skills, you want to meet new people. The list is as long as your arm.

There comes a time, however, when your expertise as a volunteer becomes a real asset. You’re proud of the contribution you’ve made and you’ve learned a whole range of new skills. So how do you let people know about your new skills in a way that can help you to get your next job or move into the NFP sector?

There are many styles of CV, but most of them only refer to volunteer experience in a solitary line on the last page.

“Volunteer at XYZ Youth Services” tells the reader very little.

You need to do much more than that, especially if you’re on the job market. Retrenchments are becoming more common nowadays, and people between jobs are finding more free time to undertake volunteering – gaining experience that can be extremely valuable.  

If you’re between jobs, why not offer to volunteer for a project that will give you experience in successfully managing a task from start to finish, that will keep your skills honed, earn you kudos from an appreciative NFP that will be delighted to serve as a referee, and make you feel positive about yourself at a time when things might seem challenging?

So, how do you get the message across in your CV?

When referring to volunteer experience in your CV, make sure you include the following:

1. Give a brief but impactful statement about the organisation for which you’ve been volunteering.

2. Describe your role as a volunteer, and how you contributed towards the organisation’s programs.

3. Point out new experiences, competencies or skills that you’ve gained.

4. Note particular achievements of which you are proud.

5. Tell them how this will help you in your regular job.

6. Obtain a written reference to confirm the great work you’ve done.

You can also interweave this information into your general skills and strengths, and include your volunteer achievements in your work achievements.

More than just building character, volunteering can add extra value to your CV in a very special way. Take a fresh look at your CV, and consider a new way to let people know that you’ve had much wider experience than just your daytime job.

About the author: Philip Mayers is the Director of Dakin Mayers & Associates. He has recruited over 600 Senior Executives in health, community services, education and fundraising. He is committed to the sector and has served on a number of Boards including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Royal District Nursing Service. He has a BA, LLB and is a chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI).




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

A Social Media Refresh in 30 Minutes

Nicholas Soraghan

Tuesday, 19th June 2018 at 8:20 am

Social Investing – Friend or Foe?

Kyrn Stevens

Wednesday, 30th May 2018 at 5:12 pm

Social Investing – A Snapshot

Kyrn Stevens

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 at 5:04 pm

Explainer: How Much Does the NDIS Cost and Where Does This Money Come From?

Helen Dickinson

Thursday, 10th May 2018 at 8:28 am

POPULAR

Australians Are Giving Less

Wendy Williams

Thursday, 14th June 2018 at 8:00 am

The Need for Leadership to Address White Supremacy in the NGO Sector

Luke Michael

Thursday, 14th June 2018 at 8:53 am

Victoria Takes ‘Exciting Step’ to Reduce Red Tape for Charities

Wendy Williams

Friday, 8th June 2018 at 4:17 pm

Full-Time Work No Longer A Reality for Young Australians

Wendy Williams

Thursday, 14th June 2018 at 8:48 am

Source Business Directory
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!