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What is the value of collegiate clubs?

Is there any added value that employers place on students who participated in clubs in college? If so, how important was it?
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Simeon’s Answer

The importance of clubs for getting jobs is not that they appear on your resume. Instead, the importance is that you make connections with people in your clubs who will someday be able to help you find a position. An interesting hobby might get a recruiter staring at your resume for a few extra seconds, but it isn't the kind of thing you should sacrifice for. Instead, get into clubs you are likely to be able to utilize for building your professional network.
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Jo-David’s Answer

I went to a smaller school where clubs were emphasized and participation was extraordinarily high. That may not be the case everywhere, but it was a wonderful experience for me. I not only got to continue participating in sports I loved, but picked up several more. Also got to coach and mentor others. The friendships I made have lasted a lifetime and I speak to and/or visit with these clubmates as often as possible. This was not a fraternity mind you, but rather a social club. Meetings and dues (club fees) were very reasonable. Check out the atmosphere and inquire with current club members, not so much alumni as the atmosphere can change dramatically over time.
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Samantha’s Answer

Hi there- I personally think it's worth joining and participating in a club, if you have the time. Having been involved in resume review and the hiring process in my recent jobs, I know that many supervisors do take notice. If you find an organization that you're intrigued by or interested in, it's worth giving it a shot-- nothing to lose really! If you can find a volunteer opportunity or internship that's not directly affiliated with your college, then go for that instead-- there is great value in that too. Overall, the objective is to be able to show that you're a well rounded and curious person! Maybe that's through a club or other outlet.

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