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As a young jobseeker, you may not lack that relevant job experience if you've ever been involved in extracurricular activities like playing in a school band or being the goalie on a soccer team.

On your resume, these activities will showcase your skills and prove you’re more capable than your lack of experience suggests.

Now let's see how that works!

Extracurricular Activities Work Wonders on Your Resume

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Here are some extracurriculars you should include on your resume:

  • Student government member

  • Music band member

  • Arts club

  • Foreign exchange student

  • Language club member

  • Sports team member

  • Resident advisor

  • Work-study programs

  • Volunteer work


Which of these is NOT an example of the extra curricular activities you should include on your resume?

Categories on Your Resume for Extracurriculars

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The area of your resume you choose to include your extracurricular activities depends on how relevant they are to the job you want and your style of writing. You can put them under the following headings:

  1. Work Experience

  2. Education

  3. Achievements and Awards

  4. Activities and Interests


In what section of your resume will you include volunteer experiences?

What Extracurriculars Show on Your Resume

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Listing your extracurricular activities on your resume serves the major purpose of showing the employer that you've been building the following skills by being part of those activities:

  • Project management

  • Organization

  • Communication

  • Time management

  • Teamwork

  • Marketing

  • Leadership

  • Presentation

  • Design


You want to showcase your teamwork skills on your resume. Which extracurricular activities should you list?

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Regardless of which extracurricular activities you intend to include on your resume, you should include the name of the organization or club, your role, and the date of your participation.

When demonstrating your skills and experience, always include your accomplishments, responsibilities, awards, and what skills you acquired personally.

Check out these Bytes for some tips on how to demonstrate your skills on your resume:


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