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Civic Leadership for Resumes and Interviews

The Civic Leadership program is something that can go on your resume and be mentioned in job interviews for years to come. Here are some tips for doing so!


Resumes

Depending on the categories of your resume, Civic Leadership could go under:

  • Education
  • Experience
  • Community Service/Volunteering
  • Community Engagement
  • Civic Engagement
  • Awards/Recognitions, etc.

You might also research the companies to which you are applying to see if service and/or community are parts of their mission and determine if they support certain issues, such as sustainability, cancer research, poverty, etc. You may find that you share an interest in a social issue, which you could highlight on your resume or cover letter.

A good description of the program in your resume could be:

The JCCC Civic Leadership Program combines community service, leadership training, coursework and reflection to encourage students to become active leaders in their community.

Some example bullet points might be:

  • Completed 75 hours of community service at the JCCC CLEAR Program, a program that provides non-credit continuing education classes for adults with mild developmental disabilities or other cognitive disabilities. I worked one-on-one with CLEAR students in the classroom, assisted teachers with class preparation, interacted with CLEAR students in between classes, [etc.]
  • Developed leadership skills through attending leadership conferences, taking a leadership course, and implementing leadership lessons out in the community through events I helped organize such as...
  • Reflected on community service and leadership training in a series of written assignments and oral presentations which improved communication skills. 

Job Interviews

Once potential employers see Civic Leadership on your resume, be prepared to talk about it. Employers might be unfamiliar with the program and with the concepts of civic engagement and service learning, so it's important to know how to articulate its significance in order to set yourself apart from other candidates!

Questions that might be asked:

  • What was required to earn this distinction?
  • Why did you complete the program? Why was that important to you?
  • What is service learning?
  • What did you learn about leadership?

Things to consider in your responses:

Completion of the Civic Leadership Program means that you have:

  • gone beyond the classroom to help your community and to further your own education
  • exposed yourself to societal inadequacies and injustices
  • better prepared yourself for your career or further education
  • taken on a greater responsibility for your learning and for your community
  • applied your course content in the context of the real world
  • learned and applied theories, models, and constructs of leadership
  • developed and practiced leadership consistent with your personal philosophy
  • developed the ability to reflect on self, others and community as essential to exercising leadership
  • experienced the impact culture can have on leadership
  • learned that leadership is a commitment to serving the greater good

What students gain:

  • practical experience that challenges their perceptions and assumptions
  • opportunities to apply classroom learning in real-world settings
  • deeper understanding and commitment to civic engagement
  • awareness of the broad range of life experiences
  • a better sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, and moral development
  • leadership, communication, and team work skills

Why the certificate is important to YOU:

  • Talk about the certificate as a representation of your values toward service, the community, and leadership.
  • Talk about your understanding of how your field of study can contribute to the common good.

Always feel free to take advantage of JCCC's Student Resume and Interview Services for further assistance!

Good luck!