Volunteering makes you a more desirable job candidate, according to a new survey. Here's the hitch: While 76% of HR executives say nonprofit work looks attractive on a resume, the candidates themselves don't think so; less than half of all applicants surveyed don't believe it makes a difference in a job search.
But volunteering showcases flexibility, a worldly perspective, and an ability to put the skills you learned in school to use, says the director of the study. For recent college grads without much work experience or people with gaps in employment, hiring managers see volunteering as a form of on-the-job training, boosting your odds of getting a real offer.
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