Why is it important to add extracurricular activities to your resume? We asked, and you answered!
Amy Sherman: If you’ve had a job or extracurricular activity that you’ve worked on for a long period of time, mention it on your resume even if it doesn’t relate to the job you’re applying for.
Lu Gram: Gives potential employers a fuller image of candidate, better idea of wheter or not candidate would be a good fit.
Jen Allen-Gold Canyon: Being a part of extra curricular activities shows you are a well rounded person.
Porter Versfelt III: That can often be a good idea; one can find a new client or employer who shares your interest or hobby and that kind of human connection helps put a job candidate over the top. On the other hand, you also fine folks who have a bias, prejudice or ignorant attitude about a particular interest, hoppy or belief and it can backfire on you. I suggest that you tread gingerly.
Shawn A. Watzka: Mentioning extracurricular activities on you resume might be of common interest to the person making the hiring decision or reviewing your resume. It can give you an edge or hurt your chance of being considered.
Adam Straughan: It shows a commitment and interest in things outside of the working environment. A person can fill out an application form or resume which paints them as the perfect person for a job, but those qualities are decided by the business and the kind of person which they want to hire. We almost sculpt ourselves to their needs. It’s the decisions we have made ourselves, such as the extracurricular activities which we undergo in our spare time, which truly determine the kind of people that we really are and are a true reflection of the kind of person which a business will be hiring. It is the most interesting section of any resume in my opinion.
Richard Dietrich: I will put that I’m an Eagle Scout on my resume until I am retired. I want the potential employer to know my affinity to finish something that I start, no matter the time period (long term or short term).
Joe Corbalis: ”All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy”
Paul Rigby: Can potentially show ur a rounded individual….. and demonstrate soft skills…. Just don’t put likes socialising or reading without explanation!!!!!!!!!
Arlene Cathey: To connect with more people like you.
Kevin Ackermann: Not only does it show that you are able to make things happen within your own control, but also that you are able to play your cards right. This means, positioning yourself above the average while showing your passion, desire and hunger to succeed in life!
Heather Hildreth: Extracurricular Activities not only show that you like to interact with people but also help the employer to bond with you on something if he/she is also involved in a similar thing. Activities like scouting, rowing, and greek life especially have a very close, almost exclusive community, and I think that when an employer finds another person in his community, he/she is more likely to want to try to help that person out.
Stephen Adamson: Depends on the country you are in, some places they really don’t care about extra curricular activities so if you apply for an international job best check the corporate culture and tailor your CV accordingly.
Amanda Houlk Holland: I had a recruiter tell me not “fill space” on my resume with anything unrelated to the job I was applying for.
Joyce Omondan: Just to be sure u have a balanced life.
Scott Azevedo: I’m not sure how important it is but if the hiring manager also enjoys extracurricular activities, the interview process may fair well for the job seeker. My opinion is adding activities to one’s resume certainly can not hurt if done so discretely. Example: I coach youth football and I work with underprivileged children in my community. Both of these may suggest a high degree of character, responsibility, dedication and a desire to better the lives of all involved. To a hiring employer, these qualities are desired incorporated traits for any employee. In my opinion, these traits are solid building blocks a new employee’s personality should have.
Sherry Tate Craven: Shows commitment and interest in your community and a willingness to promote and work toward a more interesting and positive lifestyle.
Jason Stallone: Extracurricular activities reveal qualities about you that your resume might not. Like dedication, enthusiasm, commitment, experience and strengths. Here is a great one: say reading is one of your extracurricular activities and The Art Of War is one of your favorite books. Its a known fact that many goverment officials and even business men study the book because its tactics are very effective in the business world too. It just might give you that edge to get the job done and make you stand out over other potenial candidates.
Tony Carbon: It shows your an over-achiever.
Wendy Prescott: It shows your tremendous ability to manage not only your work and social life, but also life balance!! My boss has told me that he prefers to hire based on this element! It is good sound business!!
Lawrence Tagoe: Joining professional organizations such as Alpha Kappa Psi – Psi Upsilon Chapter at UC Merced proves that you can stay dedicated to a group of people. Also, it shows that you can step outside of conventional means of learning and take it upon yourself to learn (in this case about business/management) outside of the classroom.
Dione Hussey: Remember that you are not the only one under scrutiny…you also want to “fit” your job into your life and you are also choosing them to be a part of that. I will alway put my interests and activities on my resume because I will never work for a company that doesn’t think bigger than themselves and believe in community involvement. If they don’t like what they see…then I’m better off aren’t I?! It would go against what I believe–NO compromises!
Lisa Fitzpatrick Rose: It shows more about who you are!
Ignatius Murmu: It assures the Recruiters ”You are that bit of Extra than the ordinary”
Avinash Bhatia: It gives an idea about your overall personality.on job and off job
Rita Felker: My career advisor helped me establish 2 resumes – 1 with all my professional skills and background; and one that states my community service and skills utilized. My first resume refers to the second. During job interviews it took our conversation to a more indepth discussion. Employers had very positive responses.
Siddhesh Kolhe: it shows you have extra edge over your qualifications. . so u will never get bored with reguler business work..
Lizelle Letts: It proves that you are capable of living a balanced lifestyle. Its a good way of taking a break after work to ensure you don’t experience burn outs which could in turn affect your work life.
Anshuman Pakharia: It shows do you have something to get yourself refreshed and to understand that what are your area of interest, apart from work. It also shows that what you are interested to do if you are not working.
Safia Zaidi: Because apart from your academic and professional qualifications might possible that employer will show interest in your interests like sport,theatre as they could be useful for organisation.
Karuhun Parahiangan: As it shows your plus, ie the extra points to your standard public achievement (curricullum). It reflects exactly the integrity of yours (knowledges, tallents, hobbies, environtment/neighbouhood, characters, ego, appreciation, social influences and awards, etc).
Lacey Wallace: The importance is applying your experience in helping other’s . Branching out to reach other’s in the community .Service work , fundraising build’s character and knowledge in growth of the talent’s that you are able to share . To be the one that stands out in the crowd . The one that is remembered for good works . To grow in change and challenging to bring positive difference in your field and community .