The addition to the site comes after LinkedIn surveyed over a thousand professionals and found that 77 percent have had experience volunteering, but just 46 percent include this experience on their resume.
“A majority of professionals in Australia have had volunteer experience but perceive it to be separate or irrelevant to their current profession,” LinkedIn ANZ Managing Director Cliff Rosenberg said.
“You may be a sales person by trade, but if you organised a fundraising event, you can add skills, like event planning or event marketing, to your profile. Having those additional skills can set you apart and potentially make you a more attractive employee and business partner.”
47 percent of the professionals surveyed said that when evaluating candidates, they consider volunteer work equally as valuable as paid work experience. 22 percent of hiring managers revealed they’ve made a hiring decision based on a candidates volunteer work experience.