Earlier this year LinkedIn conducted a survey of 2,000 professionals in the U.S. 89 percent of those surveyed said they had volunteer experience, yet only 45 percent included their volunteer experience on their resume. There are over 75,000 nonprofits listed on LinkedIn. If you haven’t already, you should be connecting with those you’ve volunteered for – as a Catchafire Pro Bono Professional or in your personal capacity – as well as those you support.
In September this year LinkedIn added a “Volunteer Experience & Causes” field to the LinkedIn Profile, enabling users to list their volunteer positions, causes they care most about, and organizations they support. Nearly half of the hiring managers in the LinkedIn survey said they consider a candidate’s volunteer experience to be equally as valuable as their professional career experience. Twenty percent said they’ve made a hiring decision based on a candidates’ volunteer experience.
Working professionals often overlook the significance of their volunteer experiences. If you’ve provided a nonprofit or social good organization with your skills, add it to the skills section of your LinkedIn profile and link to the nonprofit or cause. And, of course, the same goes for projects that you have completed with Catchafire, be sure to list them on both your LinkedIn profile and on your resume.
Follow this link to add “Volunteer Experience & Causes” to your profile.
Whether you’ve completed five Catchafire projects or just starting your first, be sure to mention that you’re a Catchafire Pro Bono Professional, connect to our company page and join our LinkedIn group. This will not only improve your profile and online visibility, but also provide you with another way to network with like-minded professionals and raise awareness for your causes.
If you’re looking for volunteer experiences where you can use your professional skills and would like to connect with thousands of nonprofits and social good organizations, click here to register and become a Catchafire Pro Bono professional.
We hope that LinkedIn will eventually allow volunteers to request recommendations from nonprofits on their profile pages, the same you can do under the “Experience” section of the LinkedIn profile. We contacted them today to ask when and if this may happen and await feedback. We’ll keep you posted.