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11/04/09
Resume File. Question about Volunteer roles
Filed under: Position Searching, Public Relations docs
Posted by: site admin @ 3:15 pm

A member recently sent me his resume
for review.
  He prepared for it by
evaluating his personal priorities
to
determine what is most important in
his life and
career.  It was a nice
forced ranking process.


He then developed a first pass resume
and listed
some volunteer work as
head or leader of
YCC in his area. 
It was successful in being awarded
an
ACS ChemLuminary award.


In his first pass, he created two bullets
in his
Highlight section and wondered
whether he
should enter his role in YCC
in his Experience
section.  My initial
reaction is that the Experience
section
should be the place technical

accomplishments revealing productive

activities.  Certainly, the YCC role in
creating
a workshop on entrepreneurism
was a feat.
  I had my doubts about it
fitting anywhere else
than in the Honors
and Awards and Affiliations
sections of
a typical resume.  I might offer that

he led specific YCC programs as the
last
bulleted item in his Highlights.

He asked again.  So I solicited the
opinions of
my career consultants “cabinet”. 
Listed below
is what they offered in
capsule form:


L. Balbes:  “I agree that the leadership
could
be a single, last item in a
Highlights
section. 
It might be
appropriate to include in the
Experience [section] IF he is
applying
for a leadership
position,
otherwise  either Professional

Activities, Affiliations, or some
such section,
would be a better

place.”


H. Silverman:  “He may
better
by> two resumes depending
on <
the positions for which he
applies>.  
He may one
for technical positions.> He
emphasize his management skill
in a second
one.
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In the management resume he should
emphasize his  success with the

volunteer
group . In both resumes he
should list the
groups award under a

separate section
headed awards. He
should be careful
about redundancy.

Don’t list the same
item in different 
sections.”


R. Bretz:  “Placing a volunteer activity
in the Highlights section might lead the
reader to the notion that what he really
wants to do is public service or some
type of community work (i. e. working
is only a way to support his real passion).
This activity is definitely not Experience
but I admit that it could be a valuable
skill in the workplace.  Technical skills/
knowledge is what will get him the
interview. 
This
role> should be
in the affiliations/
activities section.”


J. Shulman:   “The Highlights section is a
fine place to talk about leadership,
especially for someone who has a masters
in management of technology.  As Rich
says, Highlights should emphasize
technical accomplishment for a technical
job, with 3-5 bullets dedicated to this.  But
putting one (and probably only one) bullet
such as ‘Demonstrated leadership and
delegations skills’ can enhance this section.”

J. Jolson: “I agree that the passion and
interest in professional involvement could be
a final bullet in the Highlight section.  Specific
information about leadership involvement
could be placed in the Affiliations section
(ACS - XYZ Section, YCC chair).  If the
ChemLuminary Award can’t be inserted with
other awards in the awards section, it might
be OK to insert it in parentheses after
mentioning the YCC chair in the Affiliations
section.  Otherwise I would leave it out of
the resume and if a job descriptions comes
by the merits mentioning it, I would put it in
the cover letter.”

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