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Employable skills from volunteering

  • Volunteer experience is the perfect way to gain and demonstrate transferrable skills, from specific job-related skills to soft skills.
  • Volunteering equips you with great examples that demonstrate to a future employer just what kind of contribution you can make to their organization. 

Mention some of the skills below that you developed as a volunteer in your CV, highlight the relevance of your volunteer experiences in your cover letter and prepare to discuss them during your interviews.


(listening, verbal, written)

Doing accompaniments or friendly visits can help you build your active listening skills. You can also choose to volunteer in a setting where you can practice a new language.


Any volunteering tasks where you deal with the public or work as part of a team will provide examples of how you are able to work well with others and deal with conflict.

Diversity awareness

Volunteering is an opportunity to work with people from a diversity of backgrounds and to learn more about social issues.


As a volunteer, you represent an organization. By taking your role and engagement seriously you can demonstrate your professionalism.


Adding volunteer activities to your already busy schedule shows that you are organized and able to handle several commitments responsibly.

Problem-solving and creativity

Most non-profits work with the reality of limited resources. Attaining your goals within this context often requires creativity.


You can propose your own projects, for example, organizing a fundraising initiative for a cause you care about.

Dedication and positive attitude

Volunteer work is a commitment that can show you go above and beyond. By choosing to get involved in a cause you believe in, you will bring positive energy to the organization.

Job search resources

List of skills appropriate to your major 

Check out the list of skills required by employers hiring graduates of your major in the "What can I do with my major?" document series.

Preparing for your job search and interviews   

Career and Planning Services offers a range of workshops on job search, interview preparation and resume writing. You can meet with a Career Advisor to review your CV and cover letter.

Contact The LIVE Centre

How to reach us

(514) 848-2424, ext. 5578

Visit us

LIVE Volunteer Resource Centre   
H-746 (see map)
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Drop-in times

Hours change on a weekly basis.
Find out this week's schedule

Mailing address

Concordia University
Dean of Students Office
Attn: LIVE Centre 
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.,
Montreal, QC  H3G 1M8

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