give&score brings NONPROFITS and young skilled VOLUNTEERS together to help each other. NONPROFITS get important work done while saving time and resources and VOLUNTEERS gain real work experience and credentials which help them succeed in a competitive job market.
For employers: What if you find give&score on a resume?
We’re always happy to see our volunteers using their give&score experience to help them land their dream jobs, and we increasingly see give&score entries appear on resumes and LinkedIn pages. As you come across these scores and entries, we want to make sure that you, as a potential employer, fully understand what give&score is all about. We also want to let you know how we distinguish honest, hard-working volunteers from those that might use their give&score experience to deceptively inflate their resumes.
Simply put: give&score is a place where qualified volunteers help nonprofit organizations complete important professional projects. At the end of each project, volunteers receive in depth performance ratings and honest feedback from the nonprofit to help them improve. Over time, these ratings comprise an overall score that becomes an indicator of the volunteer’s abilities and professional competence.
We encourage our volunteers to use their scores for their job hunts, but we have two minimum standards that we ask them to follow when doing so: 1.) Volunteers must complete at least 5 professional projects, which typically represents between 80-200 hours of charitable work, before their scores can be used on a resume, and 2.) Volunteers can only complete 2 consecutive projects with the same nonprofit.
These standards help us preserve the integrity of our scores and ensure that a volunteer’s score reflects a full body of work and opinions from a diverse group of nonprofits.
An official give&score entry in a resume will typically consist of 3 things: Charitable project listings, a score image that looks like the one on the right, and an official give&score URL that gives you access to the volunteer’s full score page and feedback. We ask volunteers to include all of these aspects when adding give&score project experiences to their resumes to help us ensure that they are accurately and honestly portraying the work they have done. If you see a give&score entry without a score or URL, you should ask the volunteer for this information or be skeptical of the information presented.
At give&score, we actively try to avoid grade inflation so that we can tell the great volunteers from the average ones. It’s not easy to achieve high scores on give&score. If someone presents a score higher than 90, you can be sure that this person has consistently performed well in all areas and is at the top of their peer group.
Generally, you can expect a good overall performance from any volunteer with a score over 70. If a volunteer provides you with access to their score details, you’ll be able to see the factors that went into that score, including ratings and feedback on the volunteer’s communication skills, reliability, quality of work, and overall impact. This will give you further insight into the volunteer’s specific strengths and weaknesses.
There are two main ways that we see volunteers misusing their scores: 1.) Making it look like they worked for give&score or one of the nonprofits they helped, and 2.) Using their give&score experience on a resume too early (before having completed 5 projects) or without including their score icon along with the entry. If a volunteer’s give&score experience is presented in one of these ways, this is a likely sign that the volunteer is not following our rules or is trying to inflate their resume.