Volunteering Can Improve Your Chances Of Getting Hired

We already know that volunteering can improve your life expectancy, but it also turns out it can increase your chances of getting hired. A recent LinkedIn survey reinforces the usefulness of letting potential employers now about your volunteer activities.

A survey of 1,000 LinkedIn members in Australia suggested that though 77 per cent of candidates have volunteered, just 46 per cent include it on your resume. While it might feel like resume padding or personal grandstanding, it can have positive results: 47 per cent of respondents said they ranked volunteer experience equally with paid work, and 22 per cent said volunteer experience was the main factor in hiring someone.

None of that guarantees you'll get a job, but it certainly can't hurt — and whatever the career outcome, you'll have done something helpful for your fellow human beings.


    I guess that's some useful advice: If you want to change fields of employment without getting qualifications, doing some volunteer work would really help your chances.

    Thinking back, I've recommended some techs for hire whose primary experience was in charity computer work. I wouldn't have if they lacked that experience.

    That makes sense for lots of reasons - finding out that a candidate is hard working, don't mind helping out the community (have a good heart), or simply care enough to build up something good for the resume (hopefully related to the job position)

    My volunteer work as a Scout leader is completely orthogonal to my paid work as a Software engineer. But the former has given me training in leadership & people management (even if generally the people I manage are children), and some of those skills are applicable in the workplace too.

    Same goes for skills used in any sort of committee - being chair, secretary, treasurer etc - these apply equally to a work or volunteer environment no matter where you learned them first :)

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