I was fortunate enough to obtain an internship in software development when I was 16, and I've been working in a software development related role ever since (through summer jobs/internships as well as full-time salaried work). At the time of writing (2018), I am 22.
Where I come from, it is very common for young men and women aged 18 or older to enter into voluntary religious service for 1.5-2 years. I chose to do so when I was 18, came home, and landed a nice job at a local software company which I left after a year and a half of employment.
When I returned home I didn't initially discuss my religious service in my resume. However, this lead to questions about the two-year gap. I was able to participate in a little programming while involved in this, so I've taken to including it, and attempted to make it as relevant as possible:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints / Full Time Volunteer
January 2015 - January 2017,
- Created script to translate Delorme Street Atlas+ files into KML for use in google maps
- Volunteered weekly in community service such as soup kitchens and food pantries
- Participated in daily and weekly planning sessions
- Cold contacted, presented curriculum
- Mentored junior colleagues
How I can I discuss this professionally in my resume? Should I include it at all? If no, how can I best talk about the 2 year gap/avoid a binned resume?
TLDR; As it stands my resume consists of a few software development jobs, followed by a 2 year gap for religious service, and then another software related job. What is the most professional way to discuss this in my resume?