All of us have participated in some activities in college. Whether it the class debate team or the college drama or being on the committee of the college fest, we all had some or the other interest in extra-curricular activities during those years.
But when you prepare the first resume for your first job, you wonder what you should keep on the resume, and what would seem a silly filler to clutter your resume. Should you mention that you played the role of a villager, or that you directed the drama that placed your college first in the district?
Here are some factors that will help you decide what should remain and what should go from your first resume.
Keep them if they are relevant or were a significant part of your college experience. If the job would require you to display some leadership quality, and you have led a team in college for some activity, it is good to include it. Sometimes, these activities help you to break ice with the interview panel. Don’t include those activities if all you can say about them is that you attended an event once or that you were a member. You may also want to remove any activities that may be considered controversial.
Jheal Shah, CEO and Founder of thestylease.com, says, “All the small activities that you were only a participant in, need to go. Keep activities that will help you showcase your skills when asked about them or something that showcases a specific talent or skill.”
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Mostly it is good to include these. Especially if they add to your work experience. They can count a lot in your first job. Even if it is not the most applicable in terms of industry, it can show the employers positive and desirable traits, like your ability to juggle multiple responsibilities. Leave them if they occupy space that can be used more effectively. If you feel that taking tuitions of neighbourhood kids would look amiss, considering the industry, it is better to leave it off.
Megha Shrimali, Content Head at The Brown Scooter feels that you should not let your resume run into pages or include irrelevant details to make it appear longer. She says, “You can leave out details like winning an essay or dance competition, but keep things which showcase your skills at marketing, leadership or such relevant roles you may have played.”
While it ultimately depends on the job you are applying for, these broad factors will help you prepare a crisp and effective resume.