It is not uncommon for people to list their involvement in community work on resumes. It is also not unusual for employers to skip these sections without giving them much thought. These are reasons why you should value community involvement on resumes:
Increased Empathy and Understanding of the Needs of Others
Perhaps the most important, yet often overlooked, the benefit of community involvement is an increase in empathy. Working hard towards a goal with other people who are equally dedicated to the cause makes it much easier to put yourself in their shoes. You can use your newfound empathy for others on your team at work or within your community. You may even find that connecting with people on this level improves your relationships outside of work as well. This will also help you become more empathetic towards your users/customers, leading to better products and services for them.
The Chance to Give Back and Contribute to the Community
Giving back is one of the most rewarding things you can do and is a great reason to list your community involvement on your resume. Contributing to the community gives you access to the most excellent feeling there is: knowing that you have made a difference in someone else’s life. This sense of satisfaction can be magnified even further when you are giving back as part of a team instead of doing good deeds alone.
Nearly Every Skill That You Have Can Be Applied To Your Work In A Community
Almost every job requires some written communication. When writing for an organization or project within a community, whether it be documentation or social media posts, the skills required are very similar to those required for any other type of work-related writing. Suppose you are involved in a community where you use social media for promotion. In that case, you may have noticed that the skills required to succeed at it are remarkably similar to those needed for success in marketing. If you use presentations or public speaking as a part of your community work, the presentation and communication skills required can easily translate into any other industry as well. Nearly every job skill applied outside the workplace can be just as applicable within a community.
Since most communities have meet-ups or conferences from time to time, being an active member of one increases your chances of meeting people who could potentially hire you. Of course, you shouldn’t expect that it will automatically lead to job offers just because you are involved in a community. If anything, employers may be impressed by the initiative and dedication required to invest your time in such an endeavor.