This is the fifth in a series of blogs supporting the College to Career Calendar available for downloading at Interview2work.com.
This week’s College to Career Calendar assignment is recording the information you will need to showcase your extracurricular activities. If you have not been involved in collegiate extracurricular activities, your task is to consider participating in one or more before graduating.
Showcasing extracurricular activities on your resume is one more way to send a prospective employer the message you are a qualified candidate. Employers are looking for candidates who take initiative, work well with others, and have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Your participation in extracurricular activities demonstrates your strengths in each of these areas.
Whichever way you have chosen to capture the information for your resume (Excel spreadsheet, Word document, or notebook) be sure to record the following information about extracurricular activities:
- The name of the activity
- Where you participated (high school, college, city)
- Your role
- The skills you used
- Accomplishments (either individual or group)
Starting with high school, record information about any of the following activities you have participated in:
Teams (Sports or Academic)
Arts (Choir, Drama, Band)
Organizations (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Faith based groups)
If you do not have extracurricular activities to showcase, consider participating in a career advancing activity before you graduate. Joining a campus organization for students in your field of study can help you build your professional network and show a prospective employer you are able to take the initiative to be part of a group, work with others to achieve goals, and manage a demanding academic schedule while advancing the goals of an organization.
Questions? Send me an email at Lorraine@interview2work.com