Monday 3 to Sunday 9 June is Volunteers’ Week. Established in 1984, this UK initiative celebrates the work of volunteers. It encourages Brits to get involved by registering with The Big Help Out, or by reaching out to organisations they would like to work with. As well as giving back to the community, volunteering can also be a great way to boost your CV, learning new skills and showing initiative. 

Peter Duris, the CEO and Co-founder of Kickresume, comments:

“Volunteering is an amazing thing to do, and there are so many causes to support, with volunteering roles available for people whatever their skill set. It can also really help your career. This is especially true for those who are starting out and don’t have very much experience yet.

“For example, if you are a student or recent graduate who wants to go into marketing, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with small charities by putting some time aside each week to work on their social media accounts and create content for them. It’s a win-win because the charity benefits from the volunteer’s skills, and the volunteer gets practical experience that they can add to their CV.

“It’s always good to add some quantifiable achievements to your CV. Volunteering can be a great way to achieve some measurable results that can impress recruiters – whether that’s raising a certain amount of money, or organising an event that was attended by a certain number of people.

“Volunteering doesn’t have to be a big commitment. If you already have a full time job there are still ways to fit it into your schedule if you would like to. Many organisations offer employer-supported volunteering, allowing their team to take paid time off to volunteer. You could also join a charity board as a trustee – it’s a fantastic way to develop your leadership skills, and the average time commitment is only 30 hours a year.”

Kickresume have recently compiled new research into what makes the ideal CV, looking through 394 successful CVs that helped the candidate secure a job.

On average, the work experience section of successful CVs listed 4-7 previous positions – but for people who are relatively new to the workforce, this might not be possible. Kickresume urged jobseekers to use this section of the CV to talk about any experience they may have gained through volunteering.

The research also found that on average, CVs included 5 specific achievements, which could come from volunteering as well as from paid employment. Whether that’s detailing the number of hours you have volunteered or listing the amount you helped raise for charity as part of a fundraising campaign, there are plenty of ways to impress recruiters using your volunteering experience.