This is the sixth 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 use research papers, team projects, and class presentations to demonstrate professional preparation in the areas of leadership, time management, teamwork, and communication.
New graduates frequently express the concern they will not be able to get a job in their field because they have no experience. My response? You have completed a degree in the field in which you are seeking employment; you have a lot of experience. Just translate that classroom experience into terms an employer understands. This process starts with capturing the relevant details of classes that lead to the completion of your major.
Showcasing classroom 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, have the ability to manage projects, and deliver presentations. Your participation in classroom 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:
- Activity: Presentation, project, assignment
- Name of class: for example list Introduction to Macroeconomics rather than Econ 102.
- Your role: individual contributor (you did it on your own), team member, team lead, partner.
- The skills you used: for example if you created the accounting system for a fictional company detail the steps you took to select and implement the system. For examples of converting classroom activities into download our tip sheet You’re Qualified: Translating Academics into Employment Assets
- Accomplishments (either individual or group): this can be measured by the grade/accolades you received or what you learned.
Questions? Send an email to Lorraine@interview2work.com