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Include your ESA experience on your resumé
Describing your volunteer experience on your resumé can seem tricky. Keep in mind that the knowledge and experience you gain through your ESA positions are extremely valuable.

The following tips will help you list your volunteer experience on your resumé.

- Do not list “volunteer” as the position or job title. List the specific role you played such as:

    “Fundraiser Project Chair”
    “Project Planner”
    “Marketing Events Coordinator”

- Use specific numbers and results instead of making general statements. List amount of money raised and how it was raised under your guidance.

    “Managed marketing events with 2,000 in attendance.”
    “Coordinated registration, topics and speakers with 12
      committee members.”

- List detailed descriptions of tasks as they relate to the position for which you are applying. Emphasize the similarities between your experience and the prospective position.

- Focus your resumé on results and how you accomplished them, such as:

    “Raised 100 percent of necessary funds through effective
     marketing strategies”
You may even list what those “effective marketing strategies” were:
       • “Solicited free advertising through local radio station”
       • “Designed posters for event promotion”
       • “Wrote press release for local newspaper”

- List volunteer work the same way you would a paid position if it is relevant to the job for which you are applying.

- Use the word “volunteer” only under the bullet points to let potential employers know that the position was unpaid. Do not use in position or title.

- Make sure to note if the volunteer position was full time or ongoing. Many people assume that volunteer work is part time or sporadic. List how many hours you worked on a project if it is a significant number.

- List any honors, commendations, awards or certifications you have received that are based on performance.

- Highlight specific training or education you received from the organization or program.

- Emphasize special skills or qualifications that relate to the job position:

     “Proven motivational skills”
     “Easily adapt teaching style to reach diverse demographic
     “Excellent organizational and project coordination skills”