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Five Key Resume Tips For Writing A Volunteer Resume:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords from the job description. For example, if they’re looking for someone with experience in Patient Care, be sure to list it in your resume’s skills section.
Quantifiable Achievements
Your workplace accomplishments tell the story of the unique value you bring to an organization. Stay away from dry descriptions of job duties. Use numbers to help contextualize your achievements..
An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a piece of software employers use to collect, scan, organize, and rank applications. The key to getting your resume past ATS and into the hands of hiring managers is smart keyword usage.
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What Should Be Included In A Volunteer Resume


1. Add Contact Information To Your Volunteer Resume

Your name should be the biggest text on the page and be at or near the top of the document.

Your address doesn't need to include your street name or house number - listing your city and state works just fine.

Your email address should be professional, but not your current work email address. It's not a good look to use your work email for personal projects (job-searching).

Your social media can be included if you have a fully-fledged LinkedIn page or another social media page that showcases your relevant skill set.

Volunteer Resume Contact Information Example #1
d.johnson@email.com | 333-111-2222 | www.linkedin.com/in/dhruv-johnson

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2. Add Your Relevant Education To The Resume

Your resume's education section should include:

  • The name of your school
  • The date you graduated (Month, Year or Year are both appropriate)
  • The name of your degree
If you graduated more than 15 years ago, you should consider dropping your graduation date to avoid age discrimination.

Optional subsections for your education section include:

  • Academic awards (Dean's List, Latin honors, etc. )
  • GPA (if you're a recent graduate and your GPA was 3.5+)
  • Extra certifications
  • Academic projects (thesis, dissertation, etc.)

Other tips to consider when writing your education section include:

  • If you're a recent graduate, you might opt to place your education section above your experience section
  • The more work experience you get, the shorter your education section should be
  • List your education in reverse chronological order, with your most recent and high-ranking degrees first
  • If you haven't graduated yet, you can include "Expected graduation date" to the entry for that school

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Volunteer Resume Relevant Education Example #1
Associate's Degree In Biology 2014 - 2016
University of Wisconsin Colleges Madison, WI
Volunteer Resume Relevant Education Example #2
Bachelor's Degree In General Education, Specific Areas 2014 - 2016
University of North Texas Denton, TX

3. Next, Create A Volunteer Skills Section On Your Resume

Your resume's skills section should include the most important keywords from the job description, as long as you actually have those skills. If you haven't started your job search yet, you can look over resumes to get an idea of what skills are the most important.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing your resume's skills section:

  • Include 6-12 skills, in bullet point form
  • List mostly hard skills; soft skills are hard to test
  • Emphasize the skills that are most important for the job
Hard skills are generally more important to hiring managers because they relate to on-the-job knowledge and specific experience with a certain technology or process.

Soft skills are also valuable, as they're highly transferable and make you a great person to work alongside, but they're impossible to prove on a resume.

Example Of Volunteer Skills For Resume

  • Patient Care Skills

    Patient care entails the diagnosis, recovery, and control of sickness as well as the maintenance of physical and emotional well-being through the use of healthcare providers' services. Patient care is described as services provided to patients by health practitioners or non-professionals under guidance.

  • Emergency Skills

    An emergency is a situation or condition that poses a great risk to the health, wealth, or property of someone. An emergency can be affecting the health of a person, like a heart attack, or it may even be a natural disaster, e.g. an earthquake. Emergencies can take place at home or at workplaces and they need immediate intervention to prevent the danger.

  • Communication Skills

    Communication is the ability to express one's ideas and thoughts to other people using expressions, words, or actions. Communication is to receive or send any kind of information. People need to be able to communicate and convey their message to the customers to run a successful business.

  • Safe Environment Skills

  • Child Care Skills

    Child care means the care, supervision, or guidance of a child by a person other than the child's parent, guardian, or custodian for periods of less than 24 hours. Childcare could be either center-based such as a daycare or a nursery or home-based care such as nannies or family daycare.

  • Front Office Skills

  • Community Outreach Skills

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4. List Your Volunteer Experience

The most important part of any resume is the experience section. Recruiters and hiring managers expect to see your experience listed in reverse chronological order, meaning that you should begin with your most recent experience and then work backwards.

Don't just list your job duties below each job entry. Instead, make sure most of your bullet points discuss impressive achievements from your past positions. Whenever you can, use numbers to contextualize your accomplishments for the hiring manager reading your resume.

It's okay if you can't include exact percentages or dollar figures. There's a big difference even between saying "Managed a team of engineers" and "Managed a team of 6 engineers over a 9-month project."

Most importantly, make sure that the experience you include is relevant to the job you're applying for. Use the job description to ensure that each bullet point on your resume is appropriate and helpful.

Work History Example # 1
Student Worker
The Ohio State University
  • Patched wholes on walls, Painted areas damagde, Painted new dorm rooms, stomp ceilings.
  • Helped manage the university alumni database.
  • Handled incoming phone calls and updated internal database.
  • Worked with the Cedars-Sinai Administrator and Faculty Members in providing support for programs held at UCLA.
  • Represented Ripon College by attending alumni and other college events.

Work History Example # 2
  • Assisted patients under the supervision of a Hospice Registered Nurse.
  • Cleaned tables, dishes, floors and windows.
  • Assisted in the following administrative operations: * Invoicing * Payroll * Inventory management
  • Provided supervision and instruction in various drills to HIV/AIDS children in Washington, DC.
  • Communicated all types of information regarding the Business Services area by preparing written communications for the stores and corporate management.

Work History Example # 3
Summer Camp Counselor
YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta
  • Applied to become a Counselor In Training (CIT) for Richmond District YMCA in San Francisco.
  • Mentored young children Trained in CPR (certified) Led groups on field trips Managed group activities
  • Developed a rapport and provide personalized attention to teens, adults and families.
  • Maintained communication with staff and parents on behaviors displayed by youth.
  • Transitioned Adults with mental illness from a state institutional environment to a community residential environment.

Work History Example # 4
Youth Assistant
Youth Service Bureau
  • Facilitated Parenting Classes for parents of at risk teens.
  • Educated teens on personal hygiene and linked them with community resources to obtain needed items.
  • Created Leadership and Development training program for youth counselors.
  • Facilitated group counseling focusing on behavior modification, family issues, and goal setting.
  • Completed all shift reports, and paperwork as needed.


5. Highlight Your Volunteer Certifications On Resume

Certifications can be a powerful tool to show employers that you know your stuff. If you have any of these certifications, make sure to put them on your Volunteer resume:

  1. Certified Medical Interpreter - Spanish (CMI)
  2. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  3. Medication Aide Certification (MACE)
  4. Registered Medical Assistant
  5. Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS)
  6. Certified Instrumentation Specialist (CIS)
  7. Emergency Medical Services
  8. Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA)
  9. Nationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)
  10. MEDIC First Aid BasicPlus - G2010


6. Finally, Add A Summary Or Objective Statement

A resume summary statement is a 1-3 sentence spiel at the top of your resume that quickly summarizes who you are and what you have to offer. In this section, include your job title, years of experience (if it's 3+), and an impressive accomplishment, if you have space for it.

Remember to address skills and experiences that are emphasized in the job description.

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