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Extracurricular Activities Employers Love to See

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Posted on February 3, 2015 by Delaware Valley College.

Employers want to know that you were involved in extracurricular activities in college because it shows that you were social, contributed to campus life and have good interpersonal skills. It’s important for employers to see that their employees have good communication skills because this reflects positively on the company. 

Participating in college clubs and organizations also shows employers that you have good time management skills because you were able to balance participating in them with your studies.  

Leadership Roles
Employers like to see that job applicants were leaders of college clubs or organizations. A leadership position demonstrates managerial skills and the ability to take control of groups and situations. It also shows that people respected you and trusted you enough to appoint you as their leader.

Writing
Even if you don’t plan to take a career path based heavily on writing, employers will still want to see that you have strong writing skills. Nearly every professional field requires some amount of writing and the skills to do so effectively, and having good writing skills proves that you’re a good communicator. Holding a position on the college newspaper or yearbook staff, for example, can help demonstrate that you have good writing skills

Foreign Language and Study Abroad
Knowing foreign languages is a definite plus in the workplace. Your employer may frequently work with overseas companies with employees who speak different languages, making your foreign language skills a key resource. Being involved with your college’s study abroad program also shows that you enjoy getting outside your comfort zone and experiencing other cultures and challenges. 

Public Service/Volunteering
Employers like to see public service experience on résumés, as it shows that you have a kind heart and are willing to go out of your way to help others. Most colleges have clubs or organizations that offer public service or volunteering opportunities. And not only will volunteering look great on your résumé, but doing something for others will make you feel great too.

Athletics
Whether you’re involved in intramurals or one of your college’s athletic teams, employers understand the hard work and dedication that go into being a student-athlete. Sports teach you to be a team player, something every employer looks for in an employee. Competitiveness is another quality employers like in their employees because it shows you’ll go after want you want.

Club That Relates to the Job
It’s never a bad idea to be involved with a club or organization that relates to your major and the career you want to have in the future. Employers like to see that you’re as experienced in that area as possible, and participating in a club will definitely give you more exposure. 

Getting involved in extracurricular activities on campus will look great on your résumé, and it’s also a fun way to join your peers and meet new people while doing something you enjoy. Find out what clubs and organizations are available at your college and choose the ones that are the best fit for you.