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Why Employers Love Seeing Volunteering on your Resume

Updated on February 19, 2015

Almost 20 million people volunteer in the UK each year. In America, that number rises to 62 million, certainly not from greater compassion, but more from the larger size of the country. In New Zealand, thousands volunteer each year to help in the refugee resettlement programme, according to the New Zealand Red Cross.[1] Thousands more volunteer in other organisations including orphanages, medical outreaches, food distribution and local building programmes.

Though much has been written about the intrinsic value of volunteering, it is truly one of those endeavors that you simply can’t explain. You just have to experience it for yourself. One benefit that is hardly ever discussed involves your professional career. When you go in for that amazing job interview, the one that could absolutely change your life, you might be interested to know how potential employers feel about seeing volunteering on your resume.

A recent survey shows that 87% of employers believe that volunteering can have a largely positive effect on career development for those between the ages of 16 and 25. Employers site a long list of reasons for this including the fact that volunteering accelerates the growth and development process in most humans. We grow as sentient beings because we get such a strong, clear view of how small our world really is how we are all brothers in a sense. We all have the same basic needs for love, companionship, wholesome food, clean drinking water, and others essentials of life.

A large number of employers agree that volunteers make excellent employees. For one thing, it’s clear that they’re not selfish people who live in a small world where their needs are paramount. Instead, they see the Big Picture. Volunteers understand how much they have to be grateful for and they want to share their blessings. During volunteering, a large majority of people develop leadership skills. Most come home remarkably surprised at how the experience has changed them.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said this: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

That process of working with humanity truly changes the volunteer in ways they cannot imagine. And potential employers readily understand this. They know that volunteers are committed, hard-working citizens who will make any company stronger. Volunteering is an excellent way to show that you care about the world. But it’s also a very powerful way to let employers know that you’re a person of integrity who will become an asset to their company.

I leave you with this quote from Sherry Anderson:

“Volunteers are not paid … not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”

If you’d like to learn more about how you can make the world a better place to live, then we’d love to hear from you. We have a number of exciting volunteer opportunities for all ages and lifestyles. Global Volunteer Network believes in volunteering because we’ve seen firsthand how it changes the countries and people where we go to help out. But it also changes the individual who makes this kind of unselfish commitment. GVN supports first-rate grassroots organisations around the world empowering communities and people with numerous vital outreach programmes. We’d love to have you come and be a part of what we’re doing to change the world. We believe that change begins with you.


[1] https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/refugee-services/

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