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How can volunteering boost your CV?

 

Volunteers’ contribution to society is undeniable but do you know how volunteering can also boost your CV and help your future career?

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To celebrate University of Brighton’s 2016 Student Volunteer Week, I went to all our 5 campuses – Falmer, Moulsecoomb, Grand Parade, Eastbourne and Hastings – to find out what our fellow students had to say about how volunteering can boost our CV and help with our future career.

Regardless of how long you volunteer for, the impact can last a lifetime on your CV and future career . It can help you discover new passions, gain relevant experience and develop skills you can transfer to any profession. You’ll be equipped with key skills to hit the ground running at your new job.

Employers appreciate the added value volunteer experience gives to a CV and it’s not just me saying it, according to Jobvite’s 2015 The Recruiter Nation Survey, 76% of recruiters like to see it on a CV or job application. It can help you stand out and beat your competition by showing you have initiative, commitment, dedication and social skills.

Never underestimate the value of social and communication skills, recruiters are always looking for new staff who can fit in with the organisation’s culture, whether relating with staff, clients or partners. Can you guess how you can gain or develop such skills?
For more advice on how volunteering can boost your CV and help your future career click here. You can find great tips on  the range of skills you can gain while volunteering.

 

Thank you to:

Nana Fisher (Moulsecoomb), Tom Clover (Hastings campus), Esther Olaonipekun (Moulsecoomb), Rowan Siddons (Grand Parade), Andrew Mayanja (Moulsecoomb) and Mia Sherrington (Falmer).

 

 

Image: Twin Work & Volunteer via Compfight

 

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Mirco Cordeiro • 28/02/2016


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