/ Asked by Tanya
Is it better to demonstrate leadership in 1-2 extracurricular activities or to participate in a variety of activities?
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Great question and one that comes up fairly often. Most companies like to see individuals find a passion and get involved in it. It is great to have a lot of interests, but it is even better to identify a couple of activities that you can really show your commitment to. Being able to demonstrate your ability to develop yourself by becoming a leader in an activity shows you are driven and focused. Particularly, if the activities are focused around your career interests, the experience can end up being very helpful in getting a job. Leadership in activities can show you can manage others as well as processes, which are important skills that an employer is looking for. Good luck to you, and just by the fact that you are asking this question, shows you are on the right path.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
In my opinion, I think it would be better to demonstrate having a position of  leadership in 1-2 extracurricular activities rather than joining several  activities and not being able to devote enough time to hold a leadership position. Having this type of leadership experience in 1 or 2 activities will show companies your ability to lead people which is a vaulable skill to constantly grow and nurture. Many companies look for leadership positions when assessing a resume, so having those positions will help you stand out against other candidates
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 9, 2015
What companies are looking for in collegiate candidates is something that will differentiate them from their peers.  There are plenty of students with the same major and good GPA's, but the one thing that will generally help someone to float to the top is demonstrated leadership experience.  Those who are able to naturally assume leadership roles in activities are generally the same people who rise to leadership positions for their eventual employer.  Therefore, I would focus only on those activities in which you have demonstrated natural leadership or have rose to such positions.  Then make sure that you list this prominently on your resume.  This could be the thing that differentiates you from your peers.
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Employers typically look for leadership and well-rounded individuals to join their companies. If you’re involved in a variety but do not have specific leadership within the group – just be able to share what your involvement is and the impact that you have had in that club/organization.
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