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ive read that its better to have experience in volunteering works to apply for scholar or jobs, but how can i prove my volunteering work if that organisation did not provide the certificate?


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James’s Answer

I do a great deal of volunteer work and not every place provides a certificate. You can do is talk to a supervisor and ask for a letter indicating how many hours you have worked and provide the organizations mission statement as well as what activities you did within the organization. They are usually more than happy to provide you such a letter. I would suggest though that you keep track of how many hours and your activities because sometimes they may not be tracking it if the organization is very large. I have asked the locations where I have volunteered for such letters and have received one every time.

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Alysa’s Answer

Hi Ayuni,

Another thing to consider is to email the organization you were involved with and ask them to write a letter of completion detailing your volunteer work. At the very least, you can add their information incase your future employer wants to contact them to cross verify. Best of luck!

thank youu so much, really helpful!! ayuni K.

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Jason’s Answer

Hi Ayni,

Great question. there are a number of ways to validate your volunteerism without a certificate. For instance you could have the organization you do volunteer work compose a letter of recommendation or even serve as a job reference. Additionally you can post on social media information regarding the volunteer work you do; for instance LinkedIn has a section dedicated to volunteerism. Not all employers will check social media and there may be legislative restriction in some places against a prospective employer doing so but can be great way to get relevant information out there. Good Luck!

thank youu so much, really helpful!! ayuni K.

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Simeon’s Answer

Most jobs or scholarships shouldn't ask for specific evidence or certification of your volunteering hours, so you shouldn't face any issues. If they do want to confirm your volunteer work, you can list the contact information for a reliable reference that can vouch for the volunteer work that you did.

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Humberto’s Answer

Hi Ayuni,

If the organization does not provide a volunteer certificate another option is to create your own log where you can fill in the details yourself such as the date, how many hours you volunteered for, what the volunteer activity was for, who supervised your work, etc. and just have them sign. You can also look up volunteer logs and print one that is more appropriate for the situation if you don't want to create your own.

I hope this helps!

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