Friday, May 4, 2012

Padding a Resume with Group Memberships

A friend recommended I join a lot of student groups because it’ll look good on my resume.  What do you think?

1 comment:

USDCareerBlog said...

We think it’s a bad idea if you’re joining groups for the sole purpose of “padding your resume.” And it can definitely backfire on you. Consider this scenario at a job interview:

Interviewer: “So, Jennifer, I see you were a member of a great many student organizations. What role did you play in Group A?”.

Jennifer: “Well, I went to one meeting, but I didn’t do much of anything.”

Interviewer: “I see. So tell me what you did in these other six groups.”

Jennifer: “Well, um, it was a really busy semester for me. I went to some meetings but I really didn’t have much time to get involved.”

Not good. Recruiters and hiring managers will judge you by your skills, accomplishments, and personal qualities. They assess such traits as ambition,initiative, work ethic, and motivation. Simply joining groups demonstrates none of these qualities.

However, recruiters certainly value candidates who are actively involved in one or more groups. Student organizations and professional groups offer you a great opportunity to apply leadership and teamwork skills; and to demonstrate initiative, intellectual curiosity, and career ambition. So we definitely recommend you identify one or more organizations of interest, and get actively involved – both for your own personal benefit and enjoyment, and to demonstrate the qualities and experiences sought by recruiters.