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Will Volunteering Boost Your Resume?

by Tresa Halbrooks

Many young professionals ask the question, “Will volunteering boost my resume?” as they begin their career. The short answer is YES!

Volunteering for a worthwhile non-profit will not only be good for your resume, but it will also make an impact in your personal life. Giving back in a meaningful way not only helps those in need, but it feeds our soul. Volunteering gives us the opportunity to connect with our local community, other professionals and give back to the places we call home. Whether you volunteer once a week, once a month, or once a year, it is important to set aside some time to volunteer and see all the good that comes from it!

Here are some reasons why volunteering is good for you and your resume:

You get to meet new people and network.

Volunteering is not only a great way to make new friends and give back, but it can also be a networking opportunity. You never know who you could meet to help advance your career or who’s career you could help advance as well.

It helps you see what you are passionate about.

Some people begin volunteering and find their passion in it and make a career working for a non-profit organization. Volunteering can help you see what kind of organization you would like to work for.

It shows a strong work ethic and commitment to improving your community.

While many people like to spend their free time doing tasks around their home or relaxing, volunteering shows you have an intentional mindset and go above and beyond what is asked of you. It shows that you strive to not only make yourself better but to make others better as well.

It adds new skills to your professional qualifications.

Volunteering pushes you to try new things and refine your skills. Employers love teamwork!

It feeds your soul.

Volunteering causes you to take a step back from your own life and personal circumstances to help others in your community. It fosters the caring spirit in you that you can carry over into your personal and professional life.

Giving back is God’s work.

To whom much is given, much is expected.

As you’re building or refining your resume, consider that volunteering regularly will help set you apart from other applicants. You won’t regret it!

Here is another article for more information on the benefits of volunteering.

Well, that’s all I have for now!

Thank you Sommer Grace Weldon for your assistance with this blog post.


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