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These personality traits are also great skills that employers look for in prospective employees.

Here are five personality traits that I personally think that every volunteer should have and why:

1. Generous

Naturally, volunteers are generous people who are glad to take some time out of their busy lives to help out (without a monetary incentive!) Generosity is a vital trait to have because volunteering is all about giving back to the community and helping others out.

2. Responsible

Volunteer shifts can often be equated to shifts at paying jobs; both require individuals to demonstrate responsibility. For instance, as a volunteer, one should expect to show up on time, complete the assigned tasks/take on the assigned role and act in a respectful manner.

3. Energetic

Volunteers should have a lot of energy and be enthusiastic about the organizations that they may be volunteering for as well as the task at hand. Plus, being energetic guarantees that you will have fun volunteering!

4. Approachable

Often times, many volunteer positions require individuals to work with fellow volunteers or the public. That being said, being easy to approach is a great characteristic to have.

5. Team-Player

Again, volunteering will most likely require one to work with many other people. Having a team mindset will guarantee that one will be able to work well in a group setting, completing the tasks/fulfilling the roles at hand (all while making new friends!) 

These personality traits are also great skills that employers look for in prospective employees. Volunteering will allow you to show off these G.R.E.A.T. traits of yours, all whilst building that resume! :)

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Mar 25, 2014

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