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Does community service look impressive on resumes

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Thank you comment icon Hey! I know I am just a student, but I have looked into this a lot! The answer is yes, community service looks good on your resume! Colleges like to see that you are giving back to your community, and they especially like it if you have a leadership position where you volunteer (but that isn't needed). Also, colleges would rather see a long term commitment (1 day a week at the senior center) then 2 weeks in Haiti. Hope this helps you! Angelina

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Nina’s Answer

I think so especially if it's relevant to the type of work you are interested in.

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Rimsha’s Answer

Hi Ayomide,


Companies are always looking for well rounded candidates and having community service on your resume proves that you're willing to go above and beyond. Relevant community service experience will make your resume stand out from others. It shows passion, initiative, leadership - qualities that recruiters are looking for. Most big corporations also have huge teams working on Corporate Social Responsibility and they feel you may be able to contribute in more ways than one when you join.

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Kia’s Answer

Hello Ayomide,


You can never go wrong with volunteering and doing community service for your resume. Plus, doing a couple of internships will help your resume as will as help you narrow down exactly what type of career you would like to have. Keep up the good work and best wishes to you!

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Kim’s Answer

Some companies are very big on that sort of thing, being active in the community. So, for them, it's nice to know that you are going to show up with your company t-shirt and help paint a house. It's not going to get you the job, though! So, if you and someone else are equally rated, it might make the difference.


The other aspect of it is that you take a leadership role in the community service. You recruit volunteers, handle the budget, etc. That gives you skills that you will want to include, rather than simply saying that you belonged to the organization. It is a very good way to acquire "job experience."

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Jessica’s Answer

Community Service is always a good thing, especially if it is in your line of work. It shows many employers your are willing to get out there, but that you also have the experience. Good luck with everything!

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Bethany’s Answer

Yes. Employers love to see that you've found time to help out around the community - it shows initiative and that you are focused on others outside of yourself. When you volunteer in the community, it might be a wise strategy to volunteer for an area in which you hope to gain some career experience, that way your major and volunteering will chalk up to more industry experience and possibly more job offers.

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Camille’s Answer

One type of community service that you can consider is volunteering for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), preparing income tax returns for people. It's only done during tax season (january through april) and you have training before, so you couldn't do it until next year. I did it while I was in college studying accounting. It is great experience and looks good on your resume.


Here's info about VITA at Towson University


http://www.towson.edu/cbe/outreach/tax.html

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Nitin’s Answer

It is a very cultural thing. There are parts of the world where it could be looked as being something very "out of scope" to the job you are applying to & elsewhere would be looked as "above and beyond" your day job. You see there is a difference with the latter being more of a positive than the former.
However, for the most part, like someone says above - it shows your leadership skills. Leadership off work and through community service always hones your leadership skills and shows you to be someone who is proactive and a go getter

All in all... it should be there in the resume
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