Volunteering can provide huge boost to CVs

Categories: Salford Business School

Today marks the start of Volunteers Week 2022, an annual celebration of the huge contribution that volunteering has to communities up and down the country.

As well as providing an essential service to those in need or to make a difference, and being a fulfilling way to send your time, volunteering can be a huge boost to our CV and can help you get noticed by recruiters.

To celebrate National Volunteers Week, we spoke to Alan Price, COO (Chief Operating Officer) of HR consultancy Peninsula, partner of the University of Salford Business School. Alan is a keen volunteer himself and said having voluntary work on a CV can really help people stand out when going for job.

 Alan, who is a Salford graduate himself, added: “Not enough candidates talk about volunteering at the recruitment stage. Charity work, unpaid work, and work experience can provide some amazing life skills.

 “The skills you get from volunteering can make you a great communicator, teach you how to work at pace, give you emotional resilience and great customer service skills. All of these are in high demand in our business as we look to grow and expand.

 “Life experience is not something that is mandatory on a CV but it adds a lot of value, gives you a more rounded impression of the person behind the CV and can really help a candidate stand out.”

To find out more about volunteering see the official website of Volunteers Week.

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