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Skills to List on Volunteer Applications

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by IOwnAndPwnU, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. IOwnAndPwnU

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    Hello,

    I'm applying to a few volunteer places (e.g. hospital, hospice, other places where I might be able to get clinical/patient contact experiences). On their application forms, I can never decide what to put under the Skills/Training/Hobbies section. I usually just end up putting advanced computer skills (e.g. Excel, programming) and previous hospital training. Any suggestions or examples of what are relevant skills for these types of volunteer positions?
     
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  3. Carmiche

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    nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills......
     
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  4. partypantss

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    Depending on the specific position you should match what skills you think are important. For volunteering in a hospice you need to list some forms of people skills. If its clerical work, you should be listing clerical skills. Am I missing something? This seems pretty obvious.
     
  5. IOwnAndPwnU

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    I guess wasn't quite sure whether I should be listing skills like "people skills" since maybe it's assumed applicants will have these. But truthfully, I am hoping to further develop my soft skills during my volunteer experience.

    On my application, I checked off an interest in "Visiting" and "Recreation" (but also "Other" where I wrote that I'd be interested in being positioned in an ambulatory clinic or helping with patient satisfaction surveys). Any tips on what I should write for these types of hospital volunteer positions?
     
  6. partypantss

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    Well, I can only really speak from my own experience. I volunteered at a hospice. All it involved was talking to patients that were dying within the next 6 months. I would talk to any individual patient 2-3 times a week. The only skills relevant to put down for that would be things like friendly, patience, general people skills, compassion, empathy stuff like that. I wouldn't worry so much about it, it IS just a volunteering position after all, can't be too hard to get...

    You could also say you are punctual, reliable, hard working, organised, whatever.
     
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  7. IOwnAndPwnU

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    Ah, that's helpful. I suppose adding personality characteristics like being able to show compassion and empathy might be worth adding on an application. Thank you!
     

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