4 Extracurricular Activities Guaranteed To Boost Your Resume

Entering college can be especially stressful on freshmen students. Not only do they expect you to keep up with academics, they want you to gather extracurriculars, so your resume is more than just a blank slate!

You will learn pretty quickly employers are not always impressed with your quality experience as president of the Squirrel Watching Club (seriously, that’s a thing). That being said, acquiring a resume fodder is much easier than you will be lead to believe. Most universities advertise all kinds of opportunities. These opportunities come in the form of clubs, on-campus jobs and so on. In reality, those who complain they cannot build their resume because they have no experience are just plain lazy.

Four Easy Ways to Build Your Resume:

1. Nationwide Organizations.

These include groups such as To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Since they have several chapters across the country, there is bound to be one on your campus. They usually do a lot of charity work, have easy-to-attend meetings and help you to make a lot of friends on campus. It is great for both networking and, as per the topic of this post, resume building. Having a jewel like this on your resume will show employers not only do you have a strong work ethic, but you also care about problems in society.

2. Tutor at a local elementary, middle or high school. 

Believe it or not, schools are always reaching out to nearby universities for extra help educating students. For them, college students are worldly people who care enough to take time out of their busy schedule to fill in the gaps where their teachers cannot. With careful scheduling, tutoring can just be like adding another class to your schedule. If you pick an area you are especially confident in, it will be no work at all. This is great for students interested in teaching later on in life. By adding this to your resume, employers will see how gifted you are working with others, as well as how adept you are teaching. Teaching is a key skill in companies, especially for those who wish to obtain leadership positions.

3. Work with a student-run project. 

While you could easily just apply to work at a bookstore or dining hall on campus, showing the initiative by working with others your own age on something you originally created is even better. Other students are also always looking for help to make their ideas a reality. These ideas can span from businesses to publications. Whether you are a computer wiz who created a website that tracks class schedules or a fashionista who decided to found her own fashion club (actual success stories from the good ole U of I), there is bound to be a need or interest in anything you set your mind to. By participating in activities like this, employers see you have the determination and efficiency to get a project off the ground and keep there without crashing and burning. Activities such as these also imply you are a go-getter who knows what they want and goes for it. It is a practically like having a huge, golden star on your resume that screams, “Hire me!”

4. When in doubt, volunteer. 

Now, at this point, you are either tingling with excitement at the idea of how many ways to get involved on campus, or you are shrugging your shoulders at me halfheartedly. “But Tori,” you say, “all these things seem like too big of a time commitment, and I just don’t see how you could easily get involved like that.” Well, I would have to say you were wrong. In fact, at my university, we have an Office of Volunteer Opportunities where you can actually sign up for a mailing list that will let you know each month all of the opportunities available to volunteer for on campus. You could pass out waters at a triathlon or take tickets at a local theatre festival (both activities done by yours truly). There is honestly something for everyone in volunteering. Most of them are also one-time commitments (unless you would like to do them again) that hardly dent your schedule. Plus, employers love to see that you take time out of your busy college life to help out others for free. It shows that you care more for experience and work ethic than simple compensation.

See? That wasn’t so hard.

You will have a resume to be reckoned with in no time! The important lesson to take away from this is to put yourself out there. Do not be shy and ask people if they have heard of any opportunities. Talk to your friends, a resident advisor or even a professor. Resume building is as simple as taking that first step into a cold pool. Once you get past the first dip, it’s smooth sailing from there. Although I may have my sayings mixed up, take it from me; it’s simple as pie!

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Tori Stukins

Tori Stukins

Tori Stukins is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Theatre. On campus, Tori can often be found working on various projects for Her Campus Illinois, acting in a production or reading. While at home, she enjoys working at her family’s restaurant or exploring with her friends.