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How to Write a Resume for Volunteer Work

author image Simon Stirling
Simon Stirling is a self-taught British writer who started writing professionally in 1999. Stirling began in technology titles and was initially published in "Amiga Format" magazine and on, but nowadays focuses primarily on health-related topics.
How to Write a Resume for Volunteer Work
Writing a resume for volunteer work is straightforward.

Writing a resume is much the same whether it is for a paid job or as a volunteer. The people assessing applications require relevant information about the applicant, presented in an organized and concise manner. Providing unnecessary details can hurt as much as leaving out vital points. But a good resume can help you target a highly desirable position with an established charity.

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Step 1

Research your desired volunteer post. Most charity organizations are hungry for contributors. Do not assume it is necessary to overly impress in order to be accepted.

Step 2

List your main attributes. Consider what your most powerful assets are, especially those directly relevant to the position you are seeking. Both work and home-related qualities are equally valuable, but prioritize the ones most relevant by listing those first.

Step 3

Make a rough draft. Handwrite your initial points in a casual manner. Let ideas flow freely at first. You can eliminate what you don't want as you rewrite.

Step 4

Leave the writing alone for a few days. Give yourself time to become refreshed so that you view the developing resume with a clear eye. Don't just read and re-read your work--this may cause you to view it in a numb and detached manner.

Step 5

Type a finalized version: Return to your draft and put together a proper document encompassing all the necessary information clearly and concisely. Include contact details, work experience and your preferred job, but do not include irrelevant facts.

Step 6

Proofread your resume carefully. Spell-check the document using the tool on your word processor, but also assess manually. Spell-checkers catch most proofing errors, but not all.

Step 7

Before sending your resume to the recipient, let a friend, family member or neighbor read through it. Acting on their suggestions will likely improve the document beyond what a single person’s perspective can achieve.

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