Subject: RE:_Hobbies_on_a_résumé
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 11:16:17 -0700 (PDT)

--- "Ward, Curtis (DST-CLT)" <curtis_ward -at- dstinteractive -dot- com> wrote:
> Of course the problem with this is that it is technically illegal, as is
> considering marital status, age, etc.

One of the reasons I have argued against putting extraneous information on a
resume (or a CV, Jane, cultural differences notwithstanding) is that you give
people information unrelated to job qualifications on which they can make a
decision. Just because it's illegal to deny someone employment because of their
age, marital status, or other factors (in the U.S.) doesn't mean it doesn't
happen. It just means that, if pressed to justify their decision, they have to
give some legally acceptable reason (other candidates more qualified, other
candidates a better fit, or some such; can't argue with those, usually).

As I've probably stated too many times, I think whatever you give a prospective
employer/client should be tightly focused on their needs and how you meet those
needs. Just because you picked up expertise in a tool or two while doing hobby
work doesn't mean you have to say it that way.

But then, I don't craft a resume in what many people would consider a standard
format. I provide information on what kind of position I want, what my tool
knowledge is, what I have accomplished in various previous jobs, some relevant
employment history, and my educational background. And I do it all on one page.
(An example of my resume, slightly outdated, is available on my web site.)

I structure my resume this way to keep it focused on the specific things I want
a prospective employer/client to know that qualify me for the job. I don't want
to give them anything (including dates that might indicate my age) that would
give them a reason to include me out.

Tom Murrell
Lead Technical Writer
Alliance Data Systems
Columbus, Ohio
mailto:tmurrell -at- columbus -dot- rr -dot- com
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