Resume: mandatory service = volunteer service?

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veritas curat
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Resume: mandatory service = volunteer service?

Postby veritas curat » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:16 pm

Hi everyone and thanks in advance for answering.

I've had several instances in the past where, either for memberhsip into a campus club or as a requirement for a class, I've had to complete x amount of service hours at a particular charity.

Is it standard practice to list something like this as "volunteering/service at X" on your resume or not?

The hang up I have with it is that it wasn't exactly volunteering.

thanks again for responses

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ResolutePear
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Re: Resume: mandatory service = volunteer service?

Postby ResolutePear » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:30 pm

veritas curat wrote:Hi everyone and thanks in advance for answering.

I've had several instances in the past where, either for memberhsip into a campus club or as a requirement for a class, I've had to complete x amount of service hours at a particular charity.

Is it standard practice to list something like this as "volunteering/service at X" on your resume or not?

The hang up I have with it is that it wasn't exactly volunteering.

thanks again for responses


Post-secondary school is, itself, voluntary.

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ahduth
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Re: Resume: mandatory service = volunteer service?

Postby ahduth » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:34 pm

Presumably this is for your resume.

Just header it "activities." The presumption on most people's part will be that you were volunteering.

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Re: Resume: mandatory service = volunteer service?

Postby Opie » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:51 pm

Why would it matter if it was voluntary or not? Experience is experience.

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ResolutePear
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Re: Resume: mandatory service = volunteer service?

Postby ResolutePear » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:54 pm

Opie wrote:Why would it matter if it was voluntary or not? Experience is experience.


Maybe he was forced to clean deer poop off the highways, and does not want to express on his resume that it was something he wanted to do voluntarily... or, rather - that he begged for the chance to clean up deer poop.




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