Ask Matt: Volunteering Experience

  • Article by: Matt Krumrie , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: November 15, 2010 - 3:45 PM

Volunteering is more than just personally rewarding. If done right, it can be another skill or experience to add to your resume and it just may be what sets you apart from other candidates when searching for your next job.

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jayhaapalaNov. 17, 1010:21 AM

I manage the volunteer and internship program at Minnesota Children's Museum and most of our 1000+ volunteers are serving with us at least in part to gain job experience and build their resumes. One benefit to quality internships and volunteer positions that I don't think is highlighted in the article is that volunteers and interns have the chance to gain experiences not otherwise available to entry-level employees. For example, our Human Resources interns get the chance to actually make hiring decisions for incoming interns. In other positions at the Museum interns and volunteers are authoring social media content, writing grants and buliding exhibit components. Internship and volunteer experience is a very specific strategy that students and recent college grads are using to separate themselves from the competition. It's especially valuable now that the economy and business model of graduate schools is creating an overabundance of job seekers with not only Bachelor's but Master's degrees.

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tamaraburnsDec. 29, 10 9:32 AM

Thanks for this post - I think volunteering is very important, especially as a release from your job or to help you find a new job! http://www.learn.colostate.edu/blog/entry.dot?id=217231

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