If you're using a "Human Voice" Resume style in a chronological format, what is the best way to include volunteer work experience? Should it be in a separate section of the resume or integrated by date, and if integrated, what would it look like?
It depends whether the volunteer activities happened alongside a regular job, or filled in their own time slot. If you volunteered when you were between jobs, you could show the volunteer experience this way (and by the way, we're not going to use the word 'volunteer' in our description -- you did the work, so who cares how and whether you got paid?):
American Red Cross, Clifton, New Jersey
I was brought on board to overhaul the organization's website, specifically to attract volunteers, make it easy for them to sign up to help with programs, and accept donations online.
- In the three months following the site relaunch, donations increased threefold (from $40K to $120K)
- I wrote a soup-to-nuts webmaster's guide for use once my assignment was completed, detailing everything from changing pages to best SEO practices
- The New Jersey state Red Cross Executive Director remarked "Clifton's is by far the best Red Cross chapter site I've seen, anywhere."
Cheers -- Liz
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