Do employers look at extracurriculars?

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Do employers look at extracurriculars?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Do employers look at extracurriculars?

Some do, some don't. It's better to have them than not.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Do employers look at extracurriculars?

Employers may look at extracurriculars simply because it demonstrates that you weren't all work and no play. Your participation in activity XYZ may prompt a fun conversation during the interview because of some connection for the interviewer. Some firms may sponsor rec leagues and be happy to know you'd be a contributing member to the team. Employers like knowing that you may have a passion beyond your field of study, that makes you more "human" and usually more personable.

Karen Ekman-Baur
Director of College Counseling Leysin American School

Do employers look at extracurriculars?

Some institutions have decided to include references to extracurricular involvement on student transcripts. This is not universally done, however. A student would more likely include these references, when relevant, on his/her job resume/CV. How much interest a potential employer would have in a student's extracurricular activities would undoubtedly hinge upon how the student's involvement in that activity would impact the student's success in the prospective work environment. Some examples: - A student applying for a job in some field of the arts, who has participated in that area while in college - drama group, orchestra, dance club, etc. - A student applying for a job in a scientific or mathematical area, who has been involved with a campus scientific or mathematical society - A student applying for a job in journalism, who has worked on various campus publications - The list could go on in this vein. A potential employer might also look with interest at a student who has consistently taken on leadership roles in the organizations in which he/she has been involved. The leadership skills which have been developed could be of great value in possible job assignments. Leadership skills may have been demonstrated in any area - sports, drama, music, dance, mathematics, science, student government, etc. The activities to which a student chooses to commit his/her time while in college reveal much about the student as a total person and consequently may be of considerable interest to employers.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

Do employers look at extracurriculars?

Employers will look at your resume. Does your resume include leadership positions in clubs and organizations either on campus or in your community? It should! Employers aren’t looking for a specific number of activities. Instead they want to see skills, talents, and habits that indicate your potential as an employee. You can acquire and heighten these skills through extracurricular activities. A word of warning – your potential employers may not think you position as captain of the campus beer-pong team shows leadership as much as it shows potential negatives. Use good judgment when including leisure based extracurriculars.

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

Do employers look at extracurriculars?

Employers generally focus on grades, work experience and areas of expertise. If your extracurricular activities have added to your skills (for example, you wrote for the college newspaper and you're looking for a job as a journalist), then they will be of interest to an employer. If your extracurricular activities show that you have achieved at a high level, they will also be of interest (if you were a varsity athlete on a strong team, most employers will consider that a plus). And most employers want to hire people who have exhibited hard work, dedication and organizational ability and your extracurricular activities can often highlight those skills.