You might be forgiven for thinking that charities and other organisations that use volunteer workers would be happy to give a job to any volunteer that turns up at their door. This isn’t the case, so your challenge in presenting your CV is to show that you have experience in the chosen field. Secondly, you must highlight the difference you can bring to the organisation and lastly, you need to present your qualifications, skills and achievements in such a way that they at best exceed and at least compare favourably with those of other candidates. Looking at a volunteer CV sample is a great place to start, particularly the five volunteer CV samples we have prepared.
Church Volunteer CV Sample
Your duties as a church volunteer can vary from keeping the church clean and preparing for services, to organising fund raising events and building up a client base of donors. Knowing how, in your resume, to show that you have a good knowledge of your chosen faith and the experience to bring something to the team, is crucial.
- Do target each requirement in the job specification and find a piece of evidence that shows you have been successful at this is the past.
- Do only write a maximum of two pages. Use short sentences and break up large blocks of text by using bullet points.
- Don’t go into too much detail about your own religious observance. It is enough to show you are a member of the faith with a good knowledge of it.
- Don’t miss the deadline for submission.
Firefighter Volunteer CV Sample
Your CV must demonstrate that you have the physical capability and other attributes that make a good firefighter. You have either previously served as a firefighter, or you will be able to draw on other experiences to show that you are worth investing basic training in.
- Do keep the content of your CV focused on the job being offered. Use your best examples and keep them concise, but be impressive.
- Do follow the format of our CV samples.
- Don’t sit down and try to compose your CV in one sitting, as this seldom proves successful.
- Don’t submit your resume without thoroughly checking it over.
Food Pantry Volunteer CV Sample
To offer something to this industry you need to show in your CV that you understand the basics of food hygiene and how to stock, store and rotate food. Demonstrating you can work as effectively in a team or on your own initiative are also important requisites. Remember to look at our dos and don’ts, and check out ONET for industry-specific information.
- Do write your CV in a formal manner. Use the first or third person – whatever feels most comfortable – but make sure that you produce a professional document.
- If you have had many previous jobs, concentrate on the ones that are closest to the volunteer job you want.
- Don’t refer to contentious issues in your CV, such as a disagreement you are having with your current employer.
- Don’t tell your life story, or include irrelevant information about your life outside work.
Fundraising Volunteer CV Sample
Raising money for the cause, working with donors and building a rapport with them which enables you to call on them in the future are essential requirements of a fundraising volunteer. In your CV, you need to demonstrate how you have achieved these things in the past.
- Do keep the presentation of your CV simple. Use standard fonts and don’t vary them or add graphics. The more convoluted the presentation, the stronger the likelihood of it distracting the recruiter.
- Do use active verbs wherever possible in your resume.
- Don’t submit a CV that adds up to little more than a list of tasks you would expect someone in the job to do.
- Don’t send your CV to the wrong address. Reading the instructions given in the advert is essential.
Hospital Volunteer CV Sample
Working as a hospital volunteer can be extremely rewarding. Patience, positivity and empathy are watch words for this particular industry, so pay close attention to the way we have formatted our CV samples and how we have presented our evidence to best effect.
- Do ask a competent third party to take edit your CV. They may pick up errors you have missed, or provide useful insight into the layout.
- Do concentrate on presenting qualifications relevant to the job. Don’t document every certificate you have ever achieved unless it has relevance.
- Don’t try to state terms in your CV, for example, hours you won’t work.
- Don’t rush your resume. Creating a good one than can compete in a competitive market takes time.