Volunteer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 544,263 Volunteer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Five Key Resume Tips For Landing A Volunteer Job:

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Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
2.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Patient Care, be sure to list it as a skill.
3.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
4.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
5.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A Volunteer Resume

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Contact Information
Name
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Address
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
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Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Volunteer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
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Skills

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand volunteer skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a volunteer : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Volunteer
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
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Experience
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Volunteers:

Example # 1

Camp Assistant

YMCA
  • Supervised and led campers as a role model Created weekly activity agenda First Aid and CPR certified
  • Trained in First Aid and CPR Write up accident reports, communicate with parents.
  • Led bible studies, served as lead lifeguard, and ensured safety.
  • Tutored 1st - 8th graders in mathematics and writing compositions.
  • Worked three months with sixty to hundred kids; ages ranging from six to ten.

Example # 2

Busser

IHOP
  • Sorted and removed trash and placed them in designated areas and swept and cleaned the facility.
  • Prepared the kitchen for the next day via trash removal, racking dishes, sanitize expo station etc.
  • Front of the house , I was always the first face people saw in the restaurant.
  • Cleaned tables, took plates to be washed, reset tables for next service, helped dishwasher and server.
  • Company needed a dishwasher so I volunteered.

Example # 3

Volunteer

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Presented missionary lessons to hundreds of people.
  • Collaborate with other missionaries and church leaders to establish goals and objectives for gospel education and church attendance.
  • Communicated effectively with others in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Worked with people from diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic background to strengthen personal and family relationships.
  • Trained various missionaries in Spanish and LDS gospel principles Managed daily statistical reports to regional leaders Fluent in spoken and written Spanish

Example # 4

Volunteer

American Cancer Society
  • Utilized Microsoft PowerPoint to present on treatment choices, financial planning and nutrition
  • Provided newly diagnosed cancer patients emotional support during their treatment visits in the radiology or chemotherapy department in the hospital.
  • Produced reports from the back office to show current fundraising, emailing marketing, etc.
  • Developed, created, and managed TEC's digital properties including website and Facebook.
  • Certificated in CPR and First Aid.

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How much work experience does the average volunteer candidate have?
The average volunteer resume contains 1.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your volunteer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from volunteer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
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Education
As a volunteer, you may be curious how your education stacks up against other applicants. As long as you have a bachelor's degree, you're in the majority. Our research showed that most Volunteers have a 4-year degree as the highest education level.
Based on our analysis of volunteer resumes, the most common major for volunteer candidates is Business, but other majors made their way in as well. Psychology, Nursing and Biology were relatively common.
Majors
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained