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

Subject: RE: Hobbies on a résumé (WAS: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question)
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 10:31:29 -0400

A friend of mine has been interviewing lately, with several companies. They
list their hobbies on their resume. To date, nobody has even made mention of
the hobbies (my friend turned down a couple of job offers, so the hobbies
were not necessarily negative) and one of the hobbies is sorta uncommon to
the point that I'm surprised nobody asked about it.

When I was in a hire/fire position, I looked for hobbies and asked a few
easy questions about them, to see how human the candidate was. Of course,
had the hobbies not been there, I would not have really missed them much . .
..

Sean
sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tracy Boyington [SMTP:tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org]
> 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.

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