This question might seem silly to some people, but I actually need to know that can I put one-day volunteering on a resume or LinkedIn etc.?

Actually, on that one day, I repaired all the computers in a classroom on request of my instructor due to my exceptional academic achievement. I wanted to highlight this thing as I'm looking to apply for a helpdesk job.

Also because of this, can I show volunteer field as the first one on a resume to get a good first impression as my work experience is not relevant?

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    On LinkedIn? Sure, go ahead. I don't think anyone will think much of this. I'd avoid putting it on your CV as it'll be clutter that isn't really relevant. It's probably better to mention it if you get an opportunity during an interview, assuming the volunteering is relevant to the job.
    – Dandy
    Nov 14, 2016 at 5:11

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Can you? Sure. Should you? Probably not.

Doing one day of volunteering is unlikely to be impressive enough to bother devoting space to. It's not enough time to really demonstrate or develop skills and it's not enough time to demonstrate commitment to a particular cause. It's lovely when people want to volunteer but if you're going to put it on a resume, it should really be a much more substantial commitment. If you list a single day activity, you're likely telling whoever is reading your resume that your experience and skills are so minimal that a few hours of work is one of your biggest selling points.

Realistically, you likely want to highlight whatever it is that lead to your professor asking to volunteer in the first place. I'm not sure how to get from "exceptional academic achievement" to being asked to repair some computers unless you happen to be in a computer repair program. You'd want to emphasize that academic achievement and whatever lead to your professor believing you'd be good at repairing computers not the day you spent volunteering.


You can put whatever you want. But if that is the sum of your 'relevant; experience it's not worth a lot.

However, for the level of job you're actually qualified for no one really cares (or pays) much.

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