Volunteering Counts- LinkedIn Changes

3 Oct

Volunteering is a great way to meet people who share a common interest and passion for a cause or charity. It is also a means of meeting professionals and acquiring valuable references without having a paid job. LinkedIn recently added a new profile field that allows users to acknowledge these personal passions that show they care about others. It could also be a way to show consumers how your company gives back to the community.

The feature

The new LinkedIn section is called “Volunteer experience and causes.” According to this article on Mashable this feature allows users to “highlight and showcase their unpaid or charitable work experience.” Users can also check which causes and organizations they support.

Volunteering pays off

According to LinkedIn, many people don’t like to acknowledge charity work on resumes because they find volunteering to be personal, as opposed to professional. They do not believe they should be rewarded for the time they volunteered. Others simply don’t want to appear as if they’re tooting their own horn.

However, a recent study performed by LinkedIn showed that 41% of the professionals interviewed said that they consider volunteer work when interviewing candidates. In some cases, it even got them the job.

Be proud of what organizations you stand behind. You could bring in help from other supporters and who knows, maybe even land the job!

Shawna Polivka
Student Intern
Burgie MediaFusion

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