Hobbies on a résumé (WAS: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question)

Subject: Hobbies on a résumé (WAS: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question)
From: "Tracy Boyington" <tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 09:21:20 -0500

I think it's unwise to assume you know what employers will think about your personal life. A potential employer is not necessarily going assume hobbies = active person = good employee. They are just as likely to assume hobbies = distraction = bad employee (in fact, one of the busiest and most prolific semi-pro hobbyists I know does much of it in her office, and I don't mean during lunch breaks). For every employer who believes, as you do, that there is some kind of correlation between having hobbies and "always doing more than the minimum," there is another who disagrees. Of course, if you *only* want to work for Employer A, listing hobbies can be a useful screening device.

Tracy Boyington tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org
Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education
Stillwater, OK http://www.okcareertech.org/cimc

>>> "Mark Moloney" <mmoloney -at- network365 -dot- com> 10/02/01 09:06AM >>>
Generally, hobbies on a CV/résumé - and the related interview question "Do
you have any hobbies?" - serve to show one important thing: if you have a
busy life outside of work, then this shows that you are an active and busy
person. Such people are not the types to come to work and do the barest
minimum to get by, but are the types that will work hard, and always do more
than the minimum.


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