Extracurricular activities should be included on your resume if you have little work experience, or if the activities demonstrate your ability to do the job. Extracurricular activities are also important for an entry-level job, or for when you are applying for college. Add them into your resume to round out your qualifications and distinguish you from others applying for the same position. They can show potential employers and colleges your dedication and level of responsibility.
Make a list of all of your extracurricular activities. Choose four or five items from your list that highlight your leadership abilities.
Highlight the things that you have accomplished with each activity, and include your GPA if it is above 3.0.
Write your resume. Begin with your personal information and explain your career objectives. Give your name, address, phone number and email address, and explain what type of position you are seeking.
Include sections on education, work experience and professional affiliations. Focus on items that will set you apart from other applicants.
Add a section on extracurricular activities after you have completed the other sections. List the activities in chronological order beginning with the most recent activity. Include the name of the activity, what your role was and the length of time you were involved. You should also include the skills you learned while being involved with the particular team or organization.
Write a section on language abilities. Include this information only if you speak fluently. Some jobs may require you speak an additional language. Provide the number of years you have used this language.
Provide information on any volunteer work you have done that is related to the position you are applying for. List volunteer work separate from any paid positions you have held. Include your volunteer title, the list of responsibilities and the length of time you spent volunteering.
Provide a list of references on a separate sheet of paper. Offer the information so your potential employers can gather more information on your experience and abilities.
- Avoid exaggerating any of your skills or providing your potential employer with false information, which will ruin your chances of employment.
Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.