A survey of 500 employers across a range of professions has revealed that volunteering gives job-seekers a huge advantage over other candidates. The study, commissioned by Oxfam and conducted by One Poll, showed that three quarters of hirers would select the person with a history of giving their time for free when faced with two identical candidates for a role.
So why do 80% of bosses consider volunteers to be better quality job candidates? Qualities cited included:
- Better social skills.
- Ability to get on with people from all walks of life.
- Hardworking and self-motivated.
- Experience of different organisations.
- Making a positive difference.
Andrew Horton, Oxfam’s trading director said: “This new research is proof volunteering massively boosts a person’s employability, making volunteering a really positive choice for anyone wanting to change jobs or progress their career.”
“Our volunteers bring a huge array of skills to the job and receive the support they need to develop new skills too. Window dressing, working behind the till, sorting donations, organising pop-up shop events, managing our social media – there are so many ways to get involved and enhance your CV at the same time.”