Answered by Stuart, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hello! This is a great question and relevant for anyone with unpaid volunteer work. If you have limited career experience these kinds of activities are an excellent substitute. Also if you are unemployed or only currently working part time they also add value to a resume. The key is to include them in your resume and highlight skills used in service or volunteer positions that relate to the position you are applying to, just like any other employment. Planning and event, recruiting other volunteers, teaching a subject or a skill etc. are all valuable skills. Even the simplest volunteer work can show a potential employer commitment, teamwork, following a schedule, and showing up on time.