Need that recent position to put on your profile? Try volunteering!

Waiting for phone to ringI have talked to many job seekers about how to address this question. It’s tough enough to be out of work for any length of time but then you have to justify what you have been doing. As if looking for employment isn’t enough! When in fact, it’s far harder to find a job then work at a job!

So what can you list as your current position if it has been some time since you were employed. If you have a skill related to your job experience, try doing some part-time work or consulting. If that doesn’t apply, volunteer! With one in 5 hiring managers saying they hire based partly on volunteer experience, why not give it a try!

There are so many charities that would love some of your valuable time. It will get your mind off the fact that you are out of work but more importantly it will get you out the door! You can feel better about yourself by helping others; it’s a proven fact!

Just for a while, you can take your mind off the endless searching, the resume editing, and the countless cover letters. In addition to the computer you are chained to for hours on end.

LinkedIn is forgiving in what you can add to your profile and whether you are getting pay for that position or not. You can also make your volunteer work a project. Yes, you may have to explain your situation to recruiters or during the interview phrase. But you have to admit, it sounds better to say- “I have been volunteering at ….. Instead of, “I have spent countless looking for this position; which you indeed have!

Just food for thought 😉

Happiness and Success Always

2 thoughts on “Need that recent position to put on your profile? Try volunteering!

  1. I think this is geat advice. I was recently told, howeve, by a head-hunter to take that volunteer/consulting piece out of my resume because it looks like I am trying to hide my employment gap, and I should just address it straight on with potential employers.

    • Hi Ed,
      In regards to your resume, I totally agree. However on your profile, you are 12x more likely to be found in a search if you have a recent position listed. On LinkedIn, it’s more about getting found than filling gaps.

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