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Should You List Your Volunteer Experience on Your Resumé?

For several years, the Deloitte Volunteer Impact Research series has sought to measure corporate community engagement, like volunteering. Last month, the professional services firm published an “Impact Survey” based on interviews with corporate employees who have some hiring influence at their companies. The respondents hail from Houston and 12 other major metropolitan areas. According to […]

Volunteers Raised Hands Graphic: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaFor several years, the Deloitte Volunteer Impact Research series has sought to measure corporate community engagement, like volunteering.

Last month, the professional services firm published an “Impact Survey” based on interviews with corporate employees who have some hiring influence at their companies. The respondents hail from Houston and 12 other major metropolitan areas.

According to the survey, 82 percent of them say they’re more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience. While 85 percent say they overlook other resumé flaws if volunteer work is listed. And yet most job seekers in Houston don’t list volunteer experience on their resumés, assuming prospective employers don’t care. Why the disconnect?

We discuss the survey results, and its implications for volunteerism, employment and corporate culture in Houston with Anne Taylor, vice chairman and managing partner of the Deloitte Houston office.

(Graphic: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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