It is more often than not that your voluntary work experience appears at the end of your CV after your paid work experience. Voluntary work is important and for a lot of people they were not able to land their first paid job without the experience gained from volunteering.
If you have been out of work for a while at university, travelling or you are changing your career direction, the skills you have gained through volunteering maybe the selling point for yourself. Another way of looking at voluntary work is to use it to improve your skills is preparation for a future full time job.
If you have not worked in a professional environment for a while then voluntary work is a great way to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. If you work in a design orientated job then offer your services to a nonprofit organisation to revamp their website or posters or a healthcare professional might offer their services to a local hospital. An IT professional might be able to lend their skills to a number of organisations that use computers on a daily basis to run the charity.
If you have a similar story to the examples just mentioned it might be best to list your voluntary work in chronological order within your work experience section on your CV. Charities will always value your efforts for any voluntary work no matter how big or small.
There are lots of people out there in business who appreciate the spirit of giving back and quite often use FREE as a great marketing tool to spread the word of their company. So don’t be shy about showing off your voluntary work experience, it will really help you when applying for charity jobs. Good Luck.