Deloitte issued the following announcement on June 13.
Job applicants may be undervaluing volunteerism according to the results of the 2016 Deloitte Impact Survey released. The study targeted individuals who are currently employed and have the ability to either directly influence hiring or indirectly influence the person making the hiring decision.
In the survey, 80 percent of hiring influencers indicated that they believe active volunteers move into leadership roles more easily. Yet, despite positive attitudes towards volunteerism and the strong belief that it builds leadership skills, only one in three resumes in the United States actually cite it.
In addition, 86 percent of respondents believe that putting volunteer activities on a resume makes it more competitive. In fact, a strong majority (85 percent) of hiring influencers are willing to overlook resume pitfalls when an employee includes volunteering on a resume.
“Despite volunteering’s well-documented benefits in the workplace1, as well as its widespread appeal among respondents to the 2016 Deloitte Impact Survey, the survey results seem to indicate that there may be a disconnect between employees and businesses about volunteering’s role in the workplace,” said Doug Marshall, director of Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte Services LP. “At Deloitte, we have experienced the importance of volunteering and understand that it helps build skill sets that are critical to developing well-rounded leaders across our organization.”
Considering that 82 percent of the survey respondents said they are more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience, not including it on a resume can be a missed opportunity. This is in part because 92 percent of the respondents reported that they believe volunteering is an effective way to gain leadership skills. In addition:
The survey was released in conjunction with Deloitte’s 17th annual Impact Day. On Friday, June 10, tens of thousands of Deloitte professionals spent their day contributing to community service projects in more than 80 cities across the United States. Impact Day is a celebration of Deloitte’s year-round commitment to its local communities and year-round volunteerism. To learn more, visit the Impact Day website.
Deloitte’s Corporate Citizenship
Corporate Citizenship drives measurable change in our communities, inspires our actions as societal leaders, and instills great pride in knowing that what we do best–applying our skills and experience–accelerates positive, societal impact. We drive impact that matters through workplace giving, pro bono efforts and other skill-based volunteering, as well as key programs such as board service opportunities and Impact Day. In addition, by focusing on our signature national issues–education and veterans–we are helping strengthen America's workforce and the US economy. To learn more, visit us online.
About the 2016 Impact Survey
The 2016 Impact Survey interviewed 2,506 respondents in 13 major metropolitan areas across the United States: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York Metro (NY/CT/NJ), Philadelphia, Bay Area (San Francisco/San Jose), Seattle, and Washington, D.C. This survey, which was administered from April 18-22, 2016, was not intended to provide a broad representation across the entire US.
The study was a 10-minute online survey targeting individuals who are currently employed and have the ability to either directly influence hiring or indirectly influence the person making the hiring decision. The survey aimed to examine how members of this population define leadership, how volunteerism drives leadership skills, and how volunteerism impacts the perception of job candidates during the interview process.
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