Volunteering Gives Job Seekers an Edge, but Many Don't Know It

Business values volunteers, but college grads looking for that first job and veterans returning to the workforce don’t know it. That’s the bottom line of the 2013 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT survey that polled HR executives, college seniors, and military veterans. The survey showed that 81 percent of HR execs take skilled volunteering into account when evaluating a potential job candidate, and 52 percent replied that volunteering is an important part of their corporate culture. But only 46 percent of students and 48 percent of military personnel think of volunteering as a way to develop skills. Here’s a gap that can be closed. Job seekers: volunteer! Choosing this very do-able experience option offers advantages in this difficult economy. 

John Howell, Editorial Director