Since the call went out for people to join the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme, over 750,000 people have signed up. In addition to this, thousands of others have volunteered to work with charities who are tirelessly supporting vulnerable people in the community. As well as the satisfaction you get from helping those in need, from an employment perspective, having volunteer experience on your CV can help you to stand out in a competitive job market.
Why volunteering can make you more employableAs well as getting a great sense of achievement from helping those less fortunate than yourself, volunteering can also help:
- Strengthen your existing soft skills and develop new ones
- Broaden your professional network
- Accumulate professional references
- Show employers you have empathy
Companies who value volunteeringIf you’re passionate about volunteering and want to be able to continue with it while working, here are five companies that offer paid volunteering days: Experian is a global company that analyses data for financial reports. It’s best known as being a credit score agency. On the Experian Glassdoor Company profile, Experian states it offers employees three volunteer days each year. Barclays is one of the UK’s leading financial institutions, offering both commercial and personal finance. Reviews left on Barclays Glassdoor Company profile state that as a company Barclays encourage its employees to partake in volunteering and fundraising efforts. Sage is a global provider of bookkeeping and accounting software for small to medium businesses. It’s passionate about supporting charities in the locations it operates in. As stated on Sage’s Glassdoor Company profile, “through the Sage Foundation staff are encouraged to participate in five volunteering days each year.” Lloyds Banking is one of the UK’s oldest financial institutions. It specialises in both commercial and personal finance. As stated in the Benefits section of Lloyds Banking Group Glassdoor profile, employees are offered one volunteer day a year under the company’s ‘Day to make a difference scheme.’ British Airways is the UK’s national airline carrier and from airports across the UK, it flies to around 183 global destinations. Volunteering is listed as a benefit on British Airways Glassdoor Company profile, and in 2019 it launched a partnership with the British Red Cross to support UK communities who are in crisis. 9 Companies That Offer Corporate Volunteering Days
How to detail your volunteering experience on your CVWhether you’re a recent graduate or a professional who is looking to make their next career move, listing volunteering activities on your CV can help to persuade a recruiter or employer that your attitude and skills match what they’re looking for. There are a couple of ways you can detail your volunteering experience on your CV:
- If the volunteer role is somehow related to the job you’re after or if you have a limited work history, you could include it in the Work History section, but make it clear it was a volunteer role. For example:
- If the volunteer role isn’t related to the job in question, or if you’ve undertaken a series of short volunteer roles, you can create a separate section on your CV called Volunteer Experience. This should come after the Work Experience section and before Education.