New research from Deloitte has found that listing skills-based volunteer experience on your CV ‘may make job candidates significantly more attractive to employers’.
The leadership and communication skills gained when you put your work experience to use in a volunteer involving organisation can make a positive impact when applying for a job.
What is skills-based volunteering?
Skills-based volunteering is when you use your specific job skills or educational background in a volunteer role. For example, if you’re a graphic designer you may do some design work for a not for profit, or if you’re a lawyer you may provide pro-bono legal advice to a local community group.
Skilled volunteering is not only a great way to give back to your community, but it can help diversify your skill set, keep your knowledge fresh if between jobs and make you more attractive to future employers.
Despite employers finding volunteer experience attractive, respondents to the Deloitte survey said that only about 30% of candidates list volunteer jobs on their CV.
This is a missed opportunity for job applicants when you consider that 82% of respondents said they are more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience. 85% of respondents also indicated that they are willing to overlook other resume flaws when a candidate includes volunteer work on a resume.
Why is skilled volunteering so valuable?
Employers are savvy to the great skills that candidates gain when they volunteer.
• 85 % believe that skills-based volunteering helps employees improve communication skills
• 88 % believe that skills-based volunteering helps employees develop strong character traits
• 85 % believe that skills-based volunteering helps employees demonstrate accountability and commitment
You can’t argue with those numbers!
What can you do?
According to the report there are two things that you can do to leverage volunteer experience into a paid job.
‘Individuals may do well to consider incorporating volunteering into their professional development plans, as well as making it known to potential or current employers that they have volunteer experience.’
You can download the results of Deloitte’s recent IMPACT study here.