Can volunteering help you get a job?

Depends on who you ask.Loughborough University careers centre @ flickrOur surveys reveal  that approximately half of  TimeBank volunteers claim that volunteering experience helped them secure a job, and that 84% of employers agree that volunteering is a way to find work.  The Institute of Volunteering Research concludes that there's strong belief in the value of volunteering as a direct route into work but there's little hard evidence.

So what's your experience? Is volunteering valued by employers or is it seen as the poor relation to paid work? I tend to add it to the end of my CV, listing it below my paid work. But it's the unpaid volunteering that's given me some of my strongest skills.