It’s Not Volunteering, It’s Consulting

Have you taken on volunteer work to beef up your resume? Just remember, it’s not “volunteer” or “unpaid” work, it’s “taking on a pro-bono client” or “consulting.”

“Your accomplishments are your accomplishments. It’s no one’s business how much you got paid for them, even if that amount was zero,” writes Allison Green in today’s On Careers post at US News & World Report.

This is timely, as The Levin Institute’s Jump Start NYC New Media program—which matches up NYC media pros with companies in need of an (unpaid) intern consultant—closes to applications this Friday.

As with any position, keep the focus on your resume to accomplishments and it won’t matter how much you got paid for the work.