Extracurricular activities are not only a great way to demonstrate your interests and individuality, they also prove to recruiters that you have a range of valuable skills that you could apply to their vacancy. Including extracurricular activities on your resume can help you to promote yourself as a well-rounded and competent individual.

Sport

Whether you’re a member of your school’s athletic team, you play hockey at college, or university cricket is your thing-there are a number of sports you could use to make your skills, interests, and abilities stand out. Just make sure you link them back to the role you’re applying for. If you don’t show how it’s relevant (e.g. how your competitive nature could help you thrive in sales), adding your favourite sport to your CV could actually be negatively affecting your application.

Leadership Experience

Employers love hearing that you took a leadership position while in school and colleges. Whether you were student body president or head of cultural committee, it shows that you can handle responsibility and manage people.

Music, Drama & Theatre

It takes a lot to stand up in front of a crowd and perform, and it’s this kind of confidence that recruiters want to see; especially in jobs where speaking assertively is key (e.g. leadership, sales, or customer service roles). And with a range of activities available in music, drama & theatre, there’s bound to be something to suit you and your personality. For example, you might be part of a band, music group, or even be a solo artist.  Or, you could be an avid dancer or drama enthusiast-whether it’s through taking part in an afterschool club, or even teaching the basics to those younger than you.

Foreign languages

Not only does learning another language make yourself available for roles in teaching, translating, tourism, and more; it can also strengthen your CV in a range of other ways. With many organisations operating internationally-an ability to understand and translate communications from another country is extremely valuable.

Volunteering

Student volunteering looks great on any resume, especially if you’ve gained experience in a professional environment or developed skills through your voluntary work. If you’ve made any connections through volunteering, you can also ask them to give you a reference.

Where to add extracurricular activities to your resume?

Essentially, it’s up to you. Whether you want to state them in your hobbies and interests’ section, or you’d rather they accompanied your academic experience (e.g. alongside your grades), it’ll be a great way to demonstrate your suitability. Alternatively, adding an ‘achievements’ section provides the perfect opportunity to outline exactly what you gained from taking part in extracurricular activities. For example, it could be that you won an award for your contributions to the school newspaper, or your passion for sports allowed you to excel as a team player and consequently win a number of tournaments.

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