Tips on How to Use Volunteer Experience to Build a Resume

Kick starting your career can be a real challenge. Employers want people with experience, but you can't get experience unless someone gives you a chance. "Okay, I need experience to get a job, but I need a job to get experience, thanks a bunch!" Hold on, let not your heart be troubled, the answer may just be spending some time with a volunteer-oriented organization. Most volunteer assignments do not require previous experience, just a willingness to learn and do something.

Volunteer work is extremely valuable to your resume. Through volunteering, many abilities and experiences are gained that should be clearly listed on your resume. Not only does your volunteerism show your dedication to a worthy cause and/or organization, but it shows your commitment to your community. 

So, whether you are just starting out, or looking for a new challenge, volunteerism is a great way to open those closed doors. Beefing up that resume is not the only benefit. Trying a few new things as a volunteer is a great way to explore new interests, meet new friends, and gain confidence. The gifts you contribute to the National Military Family Association are significant, and will help you in the workforce. Your resume is a wonderful opportunity to educate others about the Association and inform potential employers of your patriotism, energy, and work ethic.

Tips:

  1. Keep a log of your volunteer experience and any supporting documentation (newspaper clips from events, volunteer job descriptions, etc) and get ready to build your resume.
  2. Include your volunteer experience in your career objective and/or summary paragraph.
  3. List the volunteerism in the "Experience" section of your resume just like a paid job (title, duties, etc.).
  4. Include bullet points for projects completed and results achieved. 
  5. Find out more about volunteer opportunities with the National Military Family Association.
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