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Volunteering believed to improve CVs

More Australians believe that volunteering will benefit their CVs, according to research by global online marketplace SEEK.

The research found 83 per cent of people believe volunteer positions improve their overall skills and experience.

69 per cent said they believe it shows employers the personal qualities they possess, 68 per cent of people believe the inclusion of volunteer jobs shows employers they can roll up their sleeves, and 66 per cent believe volunteering adds ‘something attractive’ to their CVs.

“Similar to listing your achievements, tasks or responsibilities in different paid employment roles, you can add more value to your volunteering experience by scoping out what exactly it is you’ve learnt, the skills you’ve developed during your experience, or even fundraising targets you’ve met” Amanda Robinson, Manager of SEEK Volunteer, said.

While most Australian employees believe volunteering can benefit their career path and improve their CVs, 39 per cent said adding volunteer positions to their resume does not actually add much value.

51 per cent of employees said that companies should implement programs to allow staff to volunteer during working hours.

“If you’ve developed and implemented new initiatives to drive the objectives of the organisation such as awareness, donations or partnerships then include that on your CV as those are skills that can be directly applied into a business. Employers want to see what you can proactively and creatively bring to the table,” Ms Robinson said.

“Volunteering is a great way to contribute to society and give back to the community but increasingly the skills that are developed through volunteering are being valued by employers.”

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Guillermo Troncoso

Guillermo Troncoso

Guillermo is the Editor of Dynamic Business and Manager of film &amp; television entertainment site ScreenRealm.com. Follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/gtponders">Twitter</a>.

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