As a student you are always told to “volunteer for everything.” And I admit – I can be an advocate for that. The problem with this advice is that it tends to be endless. How many groups do you join? How many different organizations should you be a part of? Where do we draw the line?
While I was on tour with the Ford College Ambassador Challenge, I spoke to several employers and determined that it’s not the amount of organizations that you join. In fact, an employer doesn’t really care if you line your resume with student organizations. Internships/jobs are so competitive these days that everyone has student orgs on their resume. They care about leadership positions. They don’t want to see that you went to a meeting – they want to see that you ran a meeting. I suggest joining 2-3 student organizations, selecting a variety of different organizations to become part of, and getting really involved with at least 1-2 of them. Sit on the executive board, volunteer for everything within that organization, and really make the organization your own. You have the opportunity to create your own experience within a student organization – so make the most of it.
There was an interesting article in the student newspaper at James Madison University on the subject this week. Check out the controversial article HERE and tell us your opinions! Can you be too involved? Are you guilty of being too involved on campus?