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.