Summer is coming, and students are searching and applying for internships and jobs. This is also the time that many students realize they need a resume! Drafting a resume for the first time can be frustrating if, like a lot of students, you do not have much related job experience. Do not despair! Here is a little known fact: the skills you gain outside of class can often be included on your resume.
When you’re thinking about what you have to offer a company, keep in mind what you have done in your extracurricular activities. Here are some skills that you may not have realized you have or didn’t think were worth mentioning:
- One quality that employers are always looking for is leadership potential.
- Clubs and organizations on campus are wonderful opportunities to gain leadership experience before you graduate.
- If you have held an officer or manager position in student government, Greek life, sports teams, or any organization on campus, you have experience leading a group of your peers.
- You can offer them not just leadership potential but leadership experience.
- Being a part of a sports team or other student group requires that you learn to work with the people around you.
- Whether you are planning a fundraising event, strategizing for the game next Friday, or designing the set for a performance, you have to be able to communicate effectively and know when to compromise.
- Being able to successfully work as part of a team is invaluable in the work place.