/ Asked by Blair
I am an avid fan of all my university's athletic teams. A lot of my time has been spent preparing for and attending games. I go to a big D1 school where not every student is even guaranteed a ticket. I've worked hard to organize my friends to camp out for tickets and make sure we got front row seats. We always have to work around everyone's class, work, and club schedules to make sure our tent was manned. I know this isn't an official or traditional extra curricular effort, but I learned a lot about scheduling and managing a large group. I even had to do "opposition research" to make sure we beat other groups to be first in line. Is this appropriate to discuss during interviews? Maybe even include on my resume? If so, how should I best frame this?
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, March 23, 2015
Great question! Not only should you discuss this extra activity in interviews you should also list this in your Interests section on your resume. This activity not only shows that you are able to manage large groups,schedules and conduct research.

These skills often relate to the type of skills that employers are looking for, depending on the industry and position you are looking at.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, March 23, 2015
I absolutely think this should be “show-cased” on your resume. It shows your drive, ability to influence and succeed no matter what the challenge is. The behaviors you are demonstrating sound like you have a winning attitude and want to beat the competition. These are traits that most companies are interested in hiring.
Good luck!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
I think this would be a great way to answer the inevitable question that you will be asked by so many employers surrounding group work and the role you played in your group. This is a very unique example to use which will interest the interviewer. Similar to the other responses to your question I would advise you to “show-case” this on your resume. It shows you like a challenge and succeed at organizing a group to work all together. Best of luck!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
If you want to include this on your resume, I would recommend including it in the Interests section. I would not recommend including this in the Experience/Campus Involvement portion of your resume. In my personal opinion, I think that portion of your resume should be saved to showcase established organizations you’re a part of, volunteer experience, official leadership positions, etc. I feel you could pull a lot of great examples from this experience though in an interview. If asked questions in regards to teamwork, leadership or organization then this would be a good chance to showcase your involvement of managing and organizing a large group. You’ll also want to be sure you can pull examples from organization involvement or class projects as well. The more diverse experiences you have, the stronger candidate you will be.
Answered by Becky, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
This is truly a great question and addresses skills acquired outside of traditional academia and work experience, which are often overlooked by applicants.  I believe you should absolutely include this information on your resume and be prepared to discuss in more detail what you learned and the skills you developed from this activity and how it is directly applicable to the position that you are applying for.  This type of activity really reflects your personal motivation to succeed and your ability to conduct this type of scheduling around your work and class schedules also shows positively on your ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects.  This is definitely something that will help you to stand out compared to the average applicant.  I wish you the best of luck on your job search endeavors!
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
This is a great example of an on-campus activity that is helping you formulate skills that would be beneficial to you in your professional career. Your participation speaks volumes about your organizational skills and the energy you put towards something that you are passionate about.

During an interview, I recommend focusing largely on your leadership skills, the organization and scheduling involved, and the “opposition research”. On your resume, my recommendation is to list this under an extra-curricular activities or leadership section.

Non-traditional extracurricular activities also make for great conversation starters so don’t be afraid to discuss your efforts in a networking setting as well.

Best of luck! - Raashi, Accenture campus recruiter
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, March 26, 2015
I would absolutely recommend discussing a wide variety of relevant skills and achievements during interviews, and that could very well include activities such as this. Early on in your career, you may not have a great deal of work history to substantiate your talents, so the more you can draw on transferable skills and experiences to show that you are a fantastic candidate, the better.
While this does not appear to be a formal engagement (a paid position, or unpaid work aligned with an official organization) I would encourage you to include this on a resume in a section such as “Notable Achievements.” I would then carefully describe the goals you established, the kinds of responsibilities you handled, the exact activities you organized and executed to deliver results, and the overall outcomes. Put yourself in the position of a Hiring Manager, or HR leader, and show them (in professional language) what you did and why it relates to the working world.
To help you do this, I would search “Resume Words” or “Power Verbs” or “Action Verbs” and identify the best verbiage to articulate your experience. There are excellent lists available online, and using these to produce a well-written resume may help a recruiter or Hiring Manager take you more seriously, and land you an interview.
Good luck!
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