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Asked by Kristen on October 18, 2017

Does participation and/or leadership in clubs and organizations have any impact on an employer when reviewing applications and resumes? If so, how much? Is it as important as major, GPA, internship experience, work, etc.?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on October 24, 2017

I would say that internships would carry the most weight; showing that you've had hands on experience within the field. GPA is also important, but not a huge determining factor. I think it is always a “plus’ or “nice to have” if students are involved on campus and in extracurricular. It shows time management, prioritization, and team work.

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Answered by Amber, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on October 25, 2017

Good question! Internship and work experience tend to be the most important, followed by GPA. GPA is not necessarily a determining factor, but a high GPA be a plus. When recruiters and/or hiring managers are screening numerous entry-level resumes they can all be very similar. Something like leading a club or organization may be the thing that sets you apart from the others. I encourage being actively involved in all things that interest you. And list it on your resume!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on November 2, 2017

Good question!  If you don't have any other leadership experience and that is something I'm looking for, then you better believe you want to include it!  Is it the first thing I'm looking for, probably not.  I want to see your internships/GPA/experience etc. just like everyone else. 

But hey, did that club or organization help you make contacts to get a job or at least an interview?  They they are great!  Does that club or organization continue to provide access to industry best practices or future learning?  Sounds good to me! 

It is a tough market out there, do all the things that can give you a leg up.

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Answered by Jenna, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on February 5, 2018

Hello and thank your for your question!
Similar to the what the other experts have said, the first thing recruiters are going to look for is prior co-op or internship experience.  In the absence of that, being involved on campus is a close second, especially if the groups are related to your major and field of study.  It shows initiative, organization, time management, and can sometimes provide field experience as well (technical clubs such as First Robotics, Engineers Without Borders, etc.).
The factors you listed actually tend to make up a "Package Deal" of sorts.  If a student is a little lacking in prior experience, a good GPA and involvement is fantastic to see as well.

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