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Does voluntary work thats relevant to a career path count as part of experience?

I am looking into volunteering while going to school online just to build my experience, but all my family members think its a waste of time and will not matter to future bosses. I cant get any job because I dont have experience (yet) so thats why I think its a good idea and not a waste of time.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Jul. 6, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • MOst of the time any volunteer work you do you can put on your resume as your experience.

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 3:03 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Absolutely! Its definatley something you put on your resume. Less time gaps in employments history makes you one heck of a candidate-especially when you filled up your time with relevent work!

    Answer by ABusyBee at 3:03 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • It is not a waste of time and can be used on a resume!

    Answer by MommyH2 at 3:03 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Yes, it counts, and sometimes it leads to a job.

    Answer by elizabr at 3:05 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Volunteer work is never a waste of time.....
    I do think you can put your volunteer work on your resume. My daughter did and she got a greatjob because she was so involved with her volunteer work and going to college to get her MBA. Even if you didn't need it for a resume, it is always a good thing to volunteer.

    Answer by gertie41 at 3:06 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Yes, because it can be included in your resume and it shows your commitment to your work.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:08 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Absolutely! It helps you to learn a great deal about the field of your choice.

    Answer by MTM at 3:08 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Oh, yes. It absolutely counts. Your family couldn't be more wrong if they said the sky was yellow.

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:05 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Volunteer work can definately be beneficial. I list all the volunteer work I've done on my resume and I've actually landed a paid position with the company I volunteered for. So go for it.

    Answer by wellnessgirl at 6:31 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

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