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: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 16:33:05 +0100

Jane may be right, it could be a cultural difference between the UK and the
US. My solution has been to include only those outside interests that are
somehow related, and call the whole section "Related Experience". Besides I
don't have room on my resume to talk about classic movies, fiction writing
and theatrical costume-making, and it usually isn't particularly relevant.

Thus, the development of marketing plans and materials for non-profits,
training volunteers on MS Office, and planning large, logistically
complicated events as a volunteer can be easily be related to a position
that I'd be applying for, shows initiative, and also shows acquisition of
skills that might not have happened on the job. I'm learning Flash now, not
for work, but for a volunteer group's project.

It's all in what you're applying for. If you're going to tailor a resume
for a position, tailor the whole thing! Sometimes they don't care,
sometimes they do.


Connie Giordano

-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Bell [mailto:RBell -at- OptioSoftware -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2001 11:05 AM
Subject: RE: Hobbies on a résumé (WAS: RE:New TECHWR-L Poll Question)

I would not notice the absence of hobbies on a technical writer resume. I
think inclusion of relevant volunteer work (for example, VP of Board of
Directors for the City Community Theatre) is appropriate. It shows
initiative and responsibility. However, I would not miss it being on a

I do hate when people list irrelevant memberships. STC and other
professional groups are fine. But I don't want to see political and
religious affiliations.


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