Today, employers are looking for much more from entry-level candidates. So having extracurricular activities that show you are a well-rounded person who will fit well into their culture are not just a “nice-to-have” – they are expected.
Here are the 5 such activities that will help an employer see you as so much more than just another book-smart, theory-rich college graduate:
Colleges and employers love hearing that you took a leadership position while in school. Whether you were student body president or head of the yearbook committee, showing you are willing to step up to the plate and be the head honcho shows employers you can handle responsibility and manage people. I never ran for class president, but I did work as a resident assistant on campus for two years; Being responsible for forty residents everyday won me big points with interviewers. It also provided me with great stories to tell.
Everyone appreciates a team player. If you’re a sports person, you most likely enjoy working with people to achieve goals. Getting involved in sports shows employers you have a competitive side, and in any career/industry—business especially—that’s a great quality to exhibit.
Do you enjoy coding and find yourself creating apps and other computer programs while your friends are busy watching the latest “Jersey Shore” episode? If you have a specific talent and apply it by freelancing or incorporating it into your daily life, be sure to mention it on your resume.
Like most students, you’re probably required to take a foreign language in high school and maybe even college. I suffered through Spanish for nine long years but being fluent in another language opens a lot of doors when you’re applying to jobs. If you’re interested in an international career or major, being proficient in a second language is important. If you aren’t required to take a language course in college, I suggest taking one anyway or studying abroad for a semester. If you’re fluent or even proficient in another language, state that on your resume. Just be sure not to exaggerate your proficiency level. Interviewers may end up testing you on the spot!
People like people who help others and it’s nice to show that you have interests outside your field of study. Describe the work you accomplished on your resume, whether it was building eco-houses or holding a food drive in your community during the holiday season. No volunteer assignment is too small to mention. Did you manage projects, write press releases, or train staff? The skills you’ve honed in this setting can be applicable to just about any job.
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