LinkedIn Now Allows Users To Add Volunteer Experience To Profiles

Filed as News on September 7, 2011 11:05 am

LinkedInLinkedIn on Wednesday announced a new profile field called Volunteer Experience & Causes, a section which allows users to highlight any unpaid and charitable work experience they have accomplished.

Using the system users can click on specific causes and fill out their experience profile for example users will already find the Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity in the system. Users can also add specific organizations to the system if they have not already been added.

The site decided to add the feature after they conducted a recent survey which found that out of 2,000 U.S. professionals, 41% said they use charitable work experience when evaluating candidates for a position. In fact those same professionals say charitable work matters just as much as paid work with 20% revealing that they have hired workers based on volunteer experience.

The LinkedIn survey found that of the 2,000 people surveyed nearly 89% had volunteer experience but only 45% included that information in their resume.

The profile field is also meant to allow workers with little experience to fill out their resume further, for example recent college graduates looking for a job without an internship or stay-at-home mom’s and dad’s who have been out of the workforce for a while but continued to volunteer on a regular basis.

Do you think the new LinkedIn Volunteer Experience & Causes section is a good idea? How will you be utilizing it?




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