Big news from LinkedIn this week – the go-to career networking social network is now encouraging everyone to include their volunteer experience.
Per an article on Mashable:
Promoting your charitable experience will help get you a job, according to a recent survey by LinkedIn. The company polled nearly 2,000 U.S. professionals and found that 41% said that when they are evaluating candidates, they consider volunteer work just as much as paid work. Of the hiring managers surveyed, 20% said they gave a job based on a candidate’s volunteer work experience.
Why is volunteer work important in a career networking context? Because it tells potential employers about your character and what they can expect from you beyond your performance at specific job-related tasks.
The catch, as the Mashable article points out, is that there are a lot of people who don’t want to “brag” about their volunteer work. It’s personal to them, and they don’t want to “use” it to get into a new/better career option. That’s understandable. But I would encourage you to definitely consider it. It could be the thing that helps you stand out – and it’s definitely something you should be proud of!
So what do you think? Will you add your volunteering experience on your LinkedIn profile?