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Campus Leadership

06 Feb

What is the first thing employers look for on your resume–after your GPA? They don’t count how many groups you were involved in; they aren’t interest in quantity. They want quality! They want leadership.

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Student Government Executive Members

Becoming a leader in a campus group or extracurricular activity is easier than you think and more valuable to your future than getting straight A’s all four years (though that isn’t to say that grades don’t matter. You still have to put in the work).

Before you can rack up leadership experience as an undergrad, you need to find activities and clubs that you are passionate about. Don’t just sign up willy-nilly for everything at the activities fair. Like to write? Join the Old Gold & Black or HerCampus. Like to sing? Try out for Innuendo or Plead the Fifth. Like to serve? Check out Campus Kitchens and RUF or Wesley. More athletic? How about club soccer or Outdoor Pursuits?

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Chi Rho is another a cappella group on campus!

Once you’ve found a few activities you love, take the next step: get involved and stay involved. Talk to the current leaders about their path from member to exec. Tell them you are interested in taking on a leadership role. Ask to sit in on exec meetings. Volunteer to help set up/clean up for an event.

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Volunteer to lead an Outdoor Pursuits trip to Pilot Mountain.

Just like landing the perfect internship or job after graduation, you have to put yourself out there if you want to be a leader. That’s what a leader is: someone who steps up. And that is what is going to put you on the track to success.

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Connections

 

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