Marketing Your Club and Organizational Experience on Your Resume
Being a member of a club enriches the academic experience and provides a
way to showcase skills and abilities. Too often being a member of an
organization is ignored by students, who then miss an opportunity to
demonstrate examples of their skills and abilities. Many employers are
interested in knowing how candidates developed and used their professional
skills and abilities. Being a member of an organization is an excellent
way to highlight these. Think about incorporating the following qualities
into your resume:
How well you
relate to others and are willing to share your time and energy. Employers
are constantly searching for employees who bring a diverse background and
have experiential learning beyond the classroom.
- Teamwork: This is one
of most universal qualities
employers seek. Being able
to work as part of an
adaptability, organization, and
the ability to collaborate with
- Communication: Excellent written and
verbal communication skills are an absolute must today. Participating in
an organization requires the ability to effectively communicate with
fellow members within both organized and casual settings.
On the Resume
Student organizations promote leadership, diversity, critical thinking,
creativity, social interaction, and community —all desirable traits. These
experiences can be listed under “Extra Curricular”, “Clubs & Activities”
or under any of the skill categories. By utilizing examples to elaborate
on any of the following characteristics, you increase your attractiveness
as a future employee.
- Problem solving: Learning specific
tactics and strategies for working more effectively
- Leadership: Influencing the behavior
or activity of another person
towards the accomplishment of a goal.
Being part of an organization provides opportunities to utilize colleagues
and club advisor who can provide insight and knowledge about your
personality and commitment.
Adapted, assembled, collaborated, defined, directed, enabled, encouraged,
facilitated, guided, increased, informed, mediated, organized,
participated, prepared, presented, promoted, publicized, recorded,