Recognising volunteering skills in recruitment

A survey from personnel professionals body CIPD found that just a sixth of employers invite applicants to talk about volunteering in their application process, with about a third ask them about it in a face-to-face interview. CIPD points out employers could thus be missing out on recruiting people with valuable skills and experience.

The CIPD chief executive, said:

“Candidates often fail to highlight their social action experience unless given the opportunity to do so, as many still regard traditional work experience as being more important to employers.”

“By failing to uncover this experience during the recruitment stage, employers could be missing out on enthusiastic individuals who have precisely the types of employability skills organisations tell us they need and struggle to find.”

The findings are published in a new guide which outlines why employers should integrate social action such as volunteering, fundraising or campaigning, into their entry-level recruitment processes. Produced with Step Up To Serve, which runs the the #iwill campaign, the guide also explains how it can be done.

While VoluntaryNews hopes that most charities are not guilty of this oversight, your editor is sure it applies to some. And the report may be helpful to those involved in volunteering process, too.

See People Management magazine article or download the guide ‘Unlock new talent: how can you integrate social action in recruitment?’ from CIPD.

Skills in employee volunteering

The Cranfield Trust also has a new short article ‘How volunteering will lift your firm’s performance‘.

“On a big-picture level, volunteering can boost an employee’s attitude and expectations by offering them a different perspective on the world. But more than that, it can provide them with an enhanced set of soft skills.”

.. such as enhancing communications skills.

Note: the Trust site went offline on our previous attempt to read the article, hopefully no more such glitches.