How much weight is put on volunteer work?

How much weight is put on volunteer work?



Are you guys finding the volunteer projects are worth their effort with employers (I hear they are pretty long/comprehensive)?

I like that they serve a real person/organization. On the other hand I’m not sure if them being non-profit work hurts their value as a reference.


I think it’s more about getting “real world experience”. Obviously, if you’ve got a “real” job offer, then take it. But for many of us, the chance to work on real projects, get some references, and build our portfolio is a good one. I don’t think future employers are going to look down on it because it was for an NPO. I think they’re going to be more interested in the work that you did and what you learned from it. I think doing an NPO project is more productive than waiting around for a company willing to hire someone with just some fCC certificates and good intentions as credentials.

Just my $.02.


Any company or individual who would devalue a non-profit portfolio compared to paid work is a place where I would not want to work.

As an interviewer, I actually like to see volunteer work on a candidate’s LinkedIn profile or resume, and feel like that type of effort contributes the culture in the workplace in many ways.