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How to Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume in 2018

Congratulations! After hours of sweat and smiles, you’ve finished your volunteer efforts but how are you going to make them stand out on a resume?  Of course, you could intertwine your experience in your face-to-face interview… or add it to your professional network profile in hopes that your potential new employer will do some “digging” about you, but the question remains -- will it make a lasting impression?

Showcasing your volunteer experience not only can highlight key skills and qualities of you as a person, but it also shows that you would be more likely to take part in a company-wide volunteer effort.

According to a Linkedin survey, 41 percent of respondents consider volunteer effort to be just as valuable as paid work experience when they evaluate potential candidates. Which means, it’s crucial to include it within your professional resume.

Where to Put Your Volunteer Experience 

While updating your resume with volunteer experience, you can either add it under “Related Experience”, “Community Involvement” or a “Skills” section.

For example, if you volunteered with Junior Achievement teaching a JA program at a local school. Your volunteer duties included working side-by-side students to help them understand financial concepts, entrepreneurship and careers.

How to Connect Your Volunteering and Resume 

From this experience, you could state that the skills you gained included: increased confidence and enthusiasm in public speaking, further developed leadership experience by coordinating with the teacher and students, as well as improved ability to think outside the box to relate the concepts to the students.

You may also be able to demonstrate that you are supportive of your employers’ Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, should you volunteer through your current company.

Whether you’re wanting to beef- up your resume or looking to showcase your community involvement, volunteer experience can make as big of an impact on your resume as you did by volunteering.

Money and Millennials: Credit for Beginners

 Credit is like a car, it has to be built before you can get to where you want to go.

Unfortunately, the negative connotation of a credit card prevented me from my forward movement of building credit until I was in my mid-20s. In a way I was fortunate; my car was paid off, my family helped to pay for college and I was renting my apartment. I was living frugally-like my grandfather, whose financial advice was always "don't spend it if you don't have it". 

As surprising as it may seem, my negative outlook was shared by the majority of my generational counterparts. According to a Bankrate survey, more than half (64%) of Americans between 16 to 36 don't own a credit card. Which sparked the question of "Why not?". Douglas Boneparth, president of Bone Fide Wealth and co-author of The Millennial Money Fix, states, "Millennials have been stigmatized by debt… They've witnessed firsthand the effects that mishandling debt can bring." 

The idea of a young 20-year-old having a spending limit of a few thousand dollars would make anyone nervous! Which was why I was saving each paycheck for my future home, paying rent, and creating a monthly budget. That was until I had to take my dog, Finley, to the vet for an emergency. One doggie prescription, a massive vet bill and a “digestive condition” diagnosis later and Finley was back to his normal self. Unfortunately, it had cost me a decent portion of my first-home savings. 

I turned to the two wisest people I know, my mom and dad. While they had their own credit card horror stories to share from their 20's, it turned out there was more to a credit card than just the "priceless" tear-jerker commercials. Most cards have perks like rewards, credit score reports, fraud/ theft protection, as well as my personal favorite-- budgeting tools, easily accessible on their mobile app. Not to mention, when used with self-control, they can provide a financial seat-belt for when an emergency strikes-- like an unexpected vet bill. 

Cruising for a credit card online wasn't as easy as I thought. I didn't have any credit history which eliminated the majority of the options that were out there. At last, after swerving around the application barrier, I was ready to hit the credit-building highway. I submitted the online application form and a week later, I received my stylish blue card. 

Today, it's been a little over a year since I started my credit journey. I am happy to report there haven't been any (emotional or financial) break-downs nor have I "totaled" my savings account. 

Today, as I look ahead to the future, I realize the journey of building the necessary credit to be considered for a home loan will be a long one, but I know it will all be worth it once I pull into my own driveway. 


Meyersohn, Nathaniel. "Millennials Aren't Opening Credit Cards. That's A Mistake." CNNMoney. N. p., 2018. Web. 8 Feb. 2018. 

DONUT Mess with Junior Achievement

Students from Oakwood, an elementary school located in Portland, Oregon, combined entrepreneurship with a craving for breakfast to create the Sweet O's Donut Shop.

Through JA Our Community, the Oakwood students learned the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce, as well as how citizens contribute to a community's success. By identifying careers, understanding taxation, and government services, as well as the flow of money within a community, the 100 second-grade students determined their next step for their startup donut company.

These young elementary entrepreneurs got a taste of starting a company when their Principal used her community connections to introduce the students to Tom's Food Center to help them turn their business dreams into a sweet reality.

Steven Antaya, vice-president of Tom's Food Center, pitched the students with a business offer they couldn't refuse. He told the students that if they created a sign to market their product, he would set up a table at the store and sell the donuts at his store.

Deborah Smith, vice-president of education for JA of the Michigan Great Lakes reflected, "We wanted the kids to see that it really does happen in real life and that they are only in second grade, but their ideas matter. This is a wonderful opportunity and the kids are super-excited. They think now they're going to be famous."

Through community involvement, Oakwood's second-graders turned a delicious concept into a reality and got a lifelong taste of entrepreneurship.


Money and Millennials: Budgeting 101

As a child, I never noticed a budget in our household. There were no coupons trapped under a magnet on the fridge nor did a budget-conversation occur at the kitchen table when it was time for my brother and me to get back-to-school supplies. It may come as a surprise, but many families don't discuss money with their young children. In fact, a Junior Achievement (JA) survey reported that 84 percent of teens look to their parents to learn money management skills, yet 34 percent of parents don't talk to their children about personal finance as they want to let their "kids be kids".

According to Jayne Pearl, an author of financial parenting books, there are two reasons why parents don't talk to their children about money. The first revolves around the idea of not living up to being the “money role model” they want their child to have. The other reason? Parents don't feel that they are fluent when it comes to money topics. "We think we need a Ph.D. in finance to be able to teach our kids, when it's not true at all. All you have to do is talk out loud about what you're doing as you're going about your business," advised Pearl.

My personal narrative about this dissonance between parents, kids and money conversations came to me a decade later. As a "legal adult", I found myself in a financial pickle when a calculator, that was required for one of my college courses, was going to cost me $300 and the "recommended" textbooks (which of course, as a studious college student, I always bought) would cost an additional $500. I’m no math-wiz but $800 for ONE semester’s supplies seemed a little steep. An increase in my nannying hours during my college career was not going to alleviate the stress of swiping my debit card at the campus bookstore. Therefore, I had one option—create a budget.

I quickly discovered that getting my nails done, clothes shopping with friends and going out to eat didn't make the cut for my "need or want" budget. As much as I WANTED to do all of those things, it was not as important as making sure I was prepared for my college courses.

The secondary phase of budgeting was evaluating my income. Fortunately, my summer job provided enough income for me to go through a year of textbooks. In fact, most semesters I even had some money left over, which, of course, went straight into my emergency savings account. Through this (intimidating but necessary) process, I quickly learned how to be resourceful in the way that I purchased textbooks and school supplies (Note to my freshman self, use

Recently, I asked my parents about budgeting and personal finance as my focus on saving money has transitioned from buying college textbooks to now, saving for my first home. Turns out the reason my brother and I never noticed any budgeting items was because my parents were having conversations one-on-one about spending and saving. While I was not included in those conversations that would bring light to the importance of a budget, my bad money habits forced me to educate myself on personal finance a decade later in my early 20s.

For the 34 percent of children (or those in your 20's), you're in luck! Organizations like Junior Achievement and with the millennial go-to app, Pinterest, personal finance is just a click away.

Check out our Junior Achievement USA Pinterest page for tips and tricks for creating a budget and saving for your future.


Kelly Wallace, CNN. "Why Don't Parents Talk To Kids About Money?" CNN. N. p., 2018. Web. 24 Jan. 2018 N. p., 2018. Web. 24 Jan. 2018.

Junior Achievement Students Hatch Entrepreneurship

Susan Hunter Wallace, a first time Junior Achievement volunteer, taught “JA Our Community” and received more than just a few raised hands. As she and the students grew through the JA lesson, the second-graders were inspired to share their project with her.

The second graders at Clinton Elementary were trying their hand at entrepreneurship through hatching chickens. Unfortunately, their progress came to a stop when the chickens were ready to find their forever homes, but no one was available to adopt them.

It was in that moment that Susan realized what she had to do. The volunteer offered to take the chicks to her farm for to join her other chickens. By doing this, she not only adopted some homeless chicks, she also encouraged her students to continue their entrepreneurial journey.

Reflecting on her experience, with every egg she collects from the chickens it makes the time she gave to the second-grade classroom invaluable. “Time that I can give is very worth it.” She said. “Students need to know about opportunities in the community so that they can become successful.”

Her positive experience as a volunteer was shared throughout the community, which enticed three additional volunteers to teach. These additional volunteers gave JA the ability to share entrepreneurial, work readiness and financial literacy lessons to an entire grade level.

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