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Do employers look at the volunteer work people do?

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Its hard for teenagers to get a job but its easier finding volunteer work #volunteering #volunteer

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Gabriel’s Answer

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Hi Anna,


Thank you for the question. Yes, employers are keenly interested in your volunteer work especially if the work is related to the position(s) you are interested in. For example, let's say you are interested in a marketing career. It's difficult to find a paid position in this field as a teenager without a college degree; however, many volunteer opportunities for marketing exists. You can find many opportunities on VolunteerMatch.org.


As a side-note, your volunteer work doesn't just have to be related on the career that you are interested in. For many employers it's just as important that you are an active citizen in your community and that you are willing to make a difference. A couple of years ago I hired an employee who had limited work experience, but had done a lot of volunteer work. It was clear that her volunteer work helped her to grow both personally and professionally.


Regardless of the volunteer opportunities you may pursue, it will never be a "bad" thing and should always reflect favorably.

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Sandy’s Answer

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Not only is volunteering a "feel good" thing but is also recognized by many employers as well as colleges and universities. My corporation's Community Engagement organization offers many opportunities to "give back" to others. Some employers even sponsor events and projects in the community.  My personal motto and quote I live by is from Winston Churchill, "we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."

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NIRMALA’s Answer

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Hi Anna:
Yes employers are interested in your volunteer work. Volunteer work helps you to grow personally and professionally. It improves your communication skill, people skill, team work, decision making. For companies these skills are major asset for that companies growth. Customer service for any company is a core of business. Also doing the volunteer work you are exposed to many opportunities and you will find out what your interests are. Specially if you are going into marketing or sales field volunteer work will make you an all rounded person. If you are interested in medical field working in the hospital will give you good insight. Also if you are a dedicated volunteer doing an excellent work, sometimes that company or that volunteer site will hire you. Volunteer Match.org is a good site to find many volunteer opportunities.

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Lynn Hosek’s Answer

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Volunteering is a great way to boost your resume and may also help open up job opportunities through the people you meet and the show of responsibilities for future employers.

My theory has always been that it is better to have something, than nothing on your resume. Plus, the feeling that you get with giving back to others will boost your confidence for finding a job and provide a positive outlook on life.
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Carol’s Answer

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Hey there!
I think Volunteer work definitely helps you when looking for a job! Think about the ollege application process..... that was really one of the things that colleges were looking . The same hold true for companies. Corporations want well rounded employees. Volunteer work also shows that you are socially responsible, which is also a tremendous asset to possess!
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Bonnie’s Answer

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Absolutely! Especially employers who make it part of their culture. When you are investigating potential employers, visit their website and click on the “about” tab. The company’s ownership type and Officer are there along with what they believe in also known as their culture.
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Fouzan’s Answer

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Yes. This will help with your career. Also you will be able to network and meet people who will be interested in you by noticing your volunteer work.

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Gina’s Answer

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Employers most definitely look at that-- especially if it's related to field you're entering. It shows you are dedicated, care and will go the extra mile. Entry level positions are tough to get into. I feel volunteer work gives you an extra "bump" on a resume or interview and can separate you from the rest of the bunch.
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Lynn Hosek’s Answer

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Volunteering is a great way to boost your resume and may also help open up job opportunities through the people you meet and the show of responsibilities for future employers.

My theory has always been that it is better to have something, than nothing on your resume. Plus, the feeling that you get with giving back to others will boost your confidence for finding a job and provide a positive outlook on life.
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Colin’s Answer

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Absolutely!! I regularly see volunteer work listed on people's CV's / resumes and quite often ask about it in an interview.

Pick something you're passionate about and if you can something that allows you to try a few different roles e.g. working in a charity shop you might do sorting, work at the till, fund-raising, helping customers etc.
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Karen’s Answer

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Yes you will be able to demonstrate your work ethic, values and many strengths when discussing your volunteer work.

Keep track of all volunteer experiences, even if only a one-time event. Having served in a variety of positions will show future employers how you adapt to situations and gain from them.

With every good wish!
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Sandy’s Answer

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Not only is volunteerism a good thing but there is a special feeling you get when you do for others and want nothing in return.  I work for a large corporation where being community minded is highly recognized.  It is also viewed in a positive light by colleges and universities.                       

Sandy recommends the following next steps:

  • Check out some opportunities here: http://www.pointsoflight.org/about-us
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