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Asked by Robert on September 27, 2017

Hello, Should academic and athletic accomplishments, extra curricular activities such as clubs, student government and community service be included on your college resume... starting junior year this fall? Does it speak to ones work ethic or, does it look like boasting? If you have long list how would you determine what's important to include? Thank you

Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on September 28, 2017

Hi there. You need to make sure that you are being thoughtful and strategic about what you include on your resume, as it really is the first opportunity that employers have to get to know you. I would definitely include involvement in professional organizations or societies that relate directly to your major, as well as any opportunities that you've had for leadership. As an employer, leadership opportunities are one of the primary things that I like to talk with candidates about, as it shows that they are deeply involved in an organization and are able to make a positive impact on the organization that they are part of. I would caution you against adding "everything" to your resume if it doesn't speak to your professional goals or leadership abilities. For most people, a one-page resume is more than enough - especially for those who are still in college. I hope this is helpful - best of luck! -Phil

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on October 9, 2017

Absolutely! Listing these things on a resume gives employers a great overview of who you are and what is important to you. These experiences show what you can bring to the table outside of work and school. Additionally, it shows well-roundedness which is especially important for jobs that will require a lot of teamwork. If the list is too long to fit on one resume, include the items that are most important to you or that you feel most comfortable discussing. Chances are if it is on your resume you will be asked about it in an interview so be prepared to talk about these things. If you need to limit the list even further, you can remove activities that you completed a long time ago, or that you did not continue to stay involved with. For example, you can remove something that you completed freshman year of college to make room for experiences that you are still involved with as a senior.

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