Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on Monday, March 13, 2017
This is an excellent question. I would suggest that you list your extracurricular activities and include details such as the leadership, communication, organization, and time management skills you acquired. Extracurricular activities can tell you a lot about a person. They aren’t irrelevant, especially when you are just entering the work force. We look for individuals who have been members of organizations, led projects, managed communications projects, and so on. Before an interview, research the company, review how they describe themselves. Think about how you can tie these to your experiences. Most companies are looking for a good cultural fit and they will look for the qualities that match with their mission, values and behaviors. If you are good with time management and working on a team, you should say so in your interview and be prepared to offer examples. For instance: “I have excellent time management skills. Once, when I volunteered, I had a deadline to meet and this is what I did….” Good luck and you will be fine. It sounds like you are ready, but just did not know it.