Including affiliations on a resume could be a great way to capture the attention of a hiring manager. There are some guidelines to follow when listing affiliations on a resume which we’ll go over. We also have a good example of how to include affiliations on your resume.
What are Affiliations or Memberships on a Resume?
Affiliations and memberships are personal and professional groups that you’re associated with. This could be an organization, group, club or anything else along those lines that you’re a participating member in. Affiliations could be a great way to show your interest in the industry – outside of your experience.
Where to List Affiliations or Memberships on a Resume
If you have a few affiliations or memberships you want to list, you could include those in the education or professional development section of your resume.
Here are some other labels and sections you could include this information under:
- Professional Development and Education
- Certifications and Affiliations
- Interests and Activities
- Other Information
Feel free to use a combination of any of the headers above.
For example: Memberships and Affiliations
Here is an Example of Affiliation and Memberships on a Resume:
Including Personal Affiliations or Memberships
Remember that your resume should contain information that is relevant to the position or industry. It’s okay to throw in a few affiliations to organizations that may not be directly related to the industry, but keep it to a minimum. A hiring manager isn’t going to hire for an accounting position because you’re affiliated with a softball organization.
Instead, list highly relevant affiliations and memberships. For Example, an accountant listing the following affiliations would be effective.
- The Institute of Internal Auditors
- Young CPA Network
- Professional Association of Small Business Accountants
It’s fine to throw in a few personal affiliations or memberships but ensure you lead with some highly relevant ones first.
Affiliations or Membership NOT to Include
There are, however, certain affiliations you want to avoid listing on your resume. Any Affiliations, memberships or interests that could be considered controversial or unprofessional should be left off your resume.
– Anything associated with a political group (unless you’re employed or targeting a position in the field)
– Highly Controversial Topics (Birth control, gun rights…etc.)
It’s just not relevant and will do more harm than good on your resume.
Including Associations on a Resume
This is pretty much the same thing. All the information above goes for associations – Remember to keep it professional and relevant. Including highly relevant associations, memberships or affiliations on a resume could really help you stand out from the other applicants.