Develop Your Elevator Speech
It is important to effectively explain your service experience as you network with potential employers. Craft a brief description of what you accomplished during your term of service. Focus on the results of your service.
Example: My role at Volunteer Houston was to recruit volunteers and agencies to use our Volunteer Connection Platform to stay engaged. I analyzed how we could improve the Platform’s performance, and over the course of my AmeriCorps VISTA term, we revamped our website, launched a Google AdWords campaign and became the first Volunteer Center in the country to develop a mobile app for finding volunteer opportunities. I’m proud to say we increased our registrations by over 50%.
Example: As an AmeriCorps NCCC member, I was part of a 10-person team that spent 10 months traveling the country, living in communities and addressing their most pressing needs. We engaged in various projects, including providing crucial support to towns devastated by natural disasters and helping rebuild communities throughout the South and the Midwest. I am proud to say that we assisted more than 150 people impacted by flooding and distributed more than 1,000 pounds of food and other supplies.
Include AmeriCorps in your resume
Lead with AmeriCorps and include a brief description of the specific program you served in. You can also use during an interview to explain your AmeriCorps experience.
Lead with AmeriCorps
Then, provide specific information about the program.
As an AmeriCorps member, I served with the...
|I served with AmeriCorps.||AmeriCorps State and National matches individuals with organizations that see service as solution to local, regional, and national challenges. There are thousands of opportunities in locations across the country to serve with nonprofits, schools, public agencies, tribes, and community and faith-based groups.|
|I served with AmeriCorps.||AmeriCorps VISTA places individuals with organizations that fight poverty, to build capacity and make sustainable change. Through fundraising, grant writing, volunteer recruitment, and so much more, AmeriCorps VISTA members gain experience and leadership skills that put them on track for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.|
|I served with AmeriCorps.||AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based, residential program for 18-24-year-olds. Whether clearing trails for a national park or building home for families in need, AmeriCorps NCCC members engage in a variety of projects in multiple communities while developing leadership and teamwork skills.|
|I served with AmeriCorps.||AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps serves communities, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.|
Include short, concise bullet points that accurately describe your accomplishments as an AmeriCorps member or leader and quantify your experience whenever possible.
Resume Example 1
AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator June 2016 - June 2017
New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities, Concord, NH
Spent one year working full-time toward improving the lives of low-income New Hampshire citizens with developmental disabilities through AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)
- Created and edited over 15 flyers/brochures used for educational and promotional purposes
- Managed email marketing, website updates, and social media channels
- Trained three staff on how to generate and schedule social media content
- Revitalized the volunteer program by creating instruction manuals and orientation materials, increasing the number of active volunteers for the organization by 50%
- Established five new local business partnerships
Resume Example 2
AmeriCorps Member, Notre Dame Mission August 2016 – July 2017
Tallahassee Public Schools, Tallahassee, FL
- Taught 165 PreK-8th grade students’ mathematics and language arts through one-on-one and small group tutoring during and after school
- Researched and prepared grade level appropriate STEM lesson plans for teachers and students
- Led weekly self-esteem and empowerment mentorship club for 15 female, 6th grade students
- Mentored 20 8th grade junior camp counselors on leadership during annual summer camp program
Attended the 2016 Central Florida Leadership Academy to become a certified Youth Coach
Resume Example 3
AmeriCorps Team Leader, AmeriCorps NCCC February 2015 - November 2015, Baltimore, MD
- Led team of nine, age 18-24 through several disaster response projects for 10 months
- Supported member development through team building exercises and service-learning reflections to help identify skills gained from service projects
- Enforced behavioral standards and supported in conflict resolution amongst team members in order to maintain a cohesive team dynamic
- Managed travel logistics, project completion reports, and weekly budget of team finances
- Served as a liaison between project supervisor and team members, and program supervisors and team members
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Prepare for an Interview
When asked, “Why should I hire you? “explain how you gained any of the following attributes through serving with AmeriCorps. These are qualities that employer’s value.
- Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Example response: Having served as an AmeriCorps member, I have developed the ability to adapt easily, collaborate with others, and take initiative to get the job done. I believe I would be a good fit for your organization because of the skills and experiences I gained through national service.
Update Your LinkedIn Profile
- Include AmeriCorps in the “Experience” section of your profile
- Add 3-5 bullet points that describe your accomplishments; these can be the same as those on your resume
- Remember to quantify whenever possible
- Remember to lead with AmeriCorps and then include a brief description of the specific AmeriCorps program you served with
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AmeriCorps VISTA Non-Competitive Eligibility
As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you qualify for non-competitive eligibility (NCE) after the completion of your service. With NCE, a federal agency can hire you outside of the formal competitive job announcement process.
Your NCE lasts for one year from the date you complete your AmeriCorps VISTA service. Agencies may extend the period for up to three years after your completed service if you are:
- In the military service
- Studying at a recognized institution of higher learning
- Involved in another activity, which in the agency’s view, warrants an extension
NCE does not entitle you to a job within the federal government. You must still apply and meet qualification standards and additional requirements, such as a background investigation.
In addition to AmeriCorps VISTA service, completion of two years in the Peace Corps also qualifies you for NCE. When applying for a job, include AmeriCorps VISTA and/or Peace Corps certification of service documents with your application and make sure to mention your NCE status on your resume and LinkedIn page.