May 17, 2021 - 06:24 PM
A good way to determine if you have too many extracurricular activities listed on your resume is page length. If you are in the first five years of your career and the number of extracurricular activities pushes your resume to two pages, trim some of the activities to get your resume down to a single page.
If you are mid-career – so anywhere from five to fifteen years into your career – you should aim to keep your resume to no more than two pages. If listing your extracurricular activities pushes your mid-career resume past two pages, trim some of your activities to get your resume down to two pages.
A tip for editing down your extracurricular activities: Aim to only list extracurricular activities that relate to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a librarian job and you have ultimate Frisbee and fly fishing listed as extracurricular activities, consider trimming both out since neither apply to the work you'd be doing as a librarian.
Make sure the majority of your resume is dedicated to your work experience, skills and education, and not your extracurricular activities. If there is space left on your resume to include a few extracurricular activities, by all means include them, but again, just make sure they relate to the job.