RE: Hobbies on a résumé (one blow to the dead horse)

Subject: RE: Hobbies on a résumé (one blow to the dead horse)
From: "Ward, Curtis (DST-CLT)" <curtis_ward -at- dstinteractive -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 13:23:28 -0400

>>Sue Gallagher wrote:
>>* Do I want to mix the secular humanist and the born-again
>> Christian? Nope. Next resume, please. (The secular humanist
>> was already on staff. The born-again Christian offered the
>> info in the hobbies [other activities] section.)

Of course the problem with this is that it is technically illegal, as is
considering marital status, age, etc.

I would also have to ask why the "secular humanist" is so unprofessional as
to not be able to work with a born again Christian? Probably a matter for
another thread or discussion group. As a card carrying "secular humanist"
(what ever that is) I have no problem with working with folks with deep
religious conviction and would find the prospect of excluding someone from a
potential candidate pool based on that a little disturbing.

My own take on this (and I have been a hiring manager or participated in
hiring considerably) is that "hobbies" or other outside interests are pretty
much irrelevant, unless they relate directly to the job qualifications. I
don't add them to my resume nor do I pay any attention to them when they are
included on a resume. Whatever subversive activities I participate in
outside of work is my own business, as are yours. I also think you would be
hard pressed to find any real evidence that suggests a listing of such
things really indicates a persons ability to do a particular job.

Curtis Ward
DST Interactive
curtis_ward -at- dstinteractive -dot- com

"A computer lets you make more
mistakes faster than any invention
in human history--with the possible
exceptions of handguns and tequila."

Mitch Ratliffe


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