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Volunteer is a Real JOB

"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." Ghandhi

The only difference between being a volunteer and performing a job is free vs. fee. An intern or volunteer fills real job roles that organizations need and realize benefits. Give yourself credit on your resume for performing a "real" job, as a volunteer. Potential client companies may tend to offer a lesser salary [aka net worth] to anyone that is not working. A volunteer position provides the perception of working, which maintains or increases net worth.

2 things happen when identifying "volunteer" work on a resume:

  1. The organization gets some premium free publicity and marketing on YOUR resume
  2. A person's net worth is reduced by identifying a valid job role as being a "volunteer".
How come doctors, lawyers, executives / political consultants and other select careers increase their net worth by volunteering? A doctor at Bellevue Hospital volunteers at a free medical clinic in Harlem. A corporate lawyer volunteers at the "Legal Aid Society" representing people charged with a crime. Both professionals get credit from their peers and augment their income at their next job. What's up with that picture? How come they get ahead?

The answer is these types of professionals validate their volunteer work as a "real job".

  1. Blasphemy is never committed, as it relates to their net worth, by referring to free work as being a volunteer. They use the word "pro bono" (Latin for the public good).
  2. Not all, but most these professionals list their "pro bono" work as another job in their curriculum vitae (another type of resume used in these circles and other countries).
How to Validate Your Volunteer Work as a Real Job?
  1. Understand and be convinced your volunteer work is a real job.
  2. Consider moving a volunteer job into the job experience section of your resume, especially if it directly relates to current skills required for a potential job opportunity. This fills a gap, if not currently employed.
  3. Ask for a reference letter from the CEO, Executive Director or person of influence within the organization.
  4. Request a recommendation on LinkedIn from senior management of that organization.
  5. Consider adding the company you're doing pro bono work as a "current" company you work for within your LinkedIn profile.

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