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Many jobseekers overlook the importance of volunteering when it comes to finding new jobs, according to new findings.
A report by Indeed and Team London found that there is a significant mismatch between jobseeker and employer attitudes to volunteering.
Two-thirds of business leaders said that they believe volunteering is an important factor when selecting a candidate, and more than 54 per cent of individuals in the UK have worked on behalf of a charity of NGO.
In addition, only a third of applicants put this on their CV. Of those that did not put their volunteering experience on their CV, one in five said they don’t think the volunteering experience gained is relevant.
A further 20 per cent hadn’t considered it as something that might help in their job search and 18 per cent said they don’t understand how skills learned through volunteering can be used in paid work.
Speaking about the findings, Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, said: “As the job market evolves, so too do routes into employment. As competition for top talent grows at pace, we see more open and agile attitudes from talent acquisition heads around recruiting.
“Increasingly this means a move away from recruiting for specific ‘jobs’, but rather seeking individuals with relevant passion and enthusiasm that align with company culture. Once within the business, it’s crucial to set about developing this talent.”
Nearly half (45 per cent) of employers said their business recognises volunteering experience in recruitment practices, although this increased to 60 per cent among bigger businesses.
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