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Creating the perfect volunteer coordinator resume to make everyone want you

Written by James McBryan

If you’re following this whole series, you may have noticed how we stress the importance of being an active volunteer that is passionate about the mission, having a vested interest in staying for the long term and striving towards leadership positions. However, you need to look as good on paper, as you do in person, or else you will never get that first call. 

So what kind of things should the ultimate volunteer coordinator have on their resume?

Recruitment tip 101: if you’re applying through a big job site or for a role that will have lots of applicants, the hiring manager could be using a system that will show only show them top picks to sift out the noise. It’s difficult sorting through hundreds of applicants so they may not even see your resume if the system doesn’t pick you out. How do you get on this list? Your skill sets need to match the skill sets that are in the job posting.

As a rule of thumb, when you are submitting a resume, open up the job posting, look through all the required skills that the organization is looking for, and paste the ones that apply in your resume.

What are some other sought-after skills that a volunteer manager should have? 

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Relationship building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Adaptability
  • Organization
  • Teamwork
  • Management Skills
  • Leadership
  • Decision making
  • Ability to motivate
  • Event planning & scheduling
  • Collaboration skills
  • Time management 


When it comes to your experience, they will look at your education, but what they really want to see is your experience with nonprofit work. If there was a good time to brag about yourself, this would be it. List all the organizations that you’ve volunteered with and what you did with them. It’s not easy to get a job as a volunteer coordinator if you’re not an active volunteer yourself, so keep that in mind before applying for the job. 


Wrap it all up with the perfect cover letter

Even though a cover letter may not be required by the employer, we highly recommend that you still send one. Remember, this is your chance to stand out above the others to try to get that interview, so going that extra step will be well worth it. 

Your cover letter is the first impression before the hiring manager gets to your resume. So you want this to be personal and memorable, as well as concise and to the point. It should give the reader a good idea of who you are, how your work experience and skills meet the job requirements, and why you want this job. 

Remember, you’re trying to stand out. Don’t be afraid to have a unique visual format for your cover letter, just make sure that it’s easy to read. If you’re applying for multiple jobs at a time, make sure that each cover letter is unique to each organization and position you’re applying for. 

Once your resume and cover letter are submitted, it’s time to start preparing for the interview