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Once, in a recruiting capacity, I spoke to a programmer about an opportunity
in software development. It came up, somehow, that the client's IT
department contained a lot of people from India, etc. who were here on H1B
visas. He told me that this increased his interest in the position because
he would have a lot of non-Christians to evangelize to (convert), and he was
very excited about this prospect.
I can only think that listing hobbies can only open up problems one would
not necessarily have otherwise. The person who reads your resume could
easily have any one of a nearly infinite list of bizarre hang-ups or
personal prejudices, or could simply have an ex-girlfriend they don't like
who shares your passion for cross-stitching pink camouflage doggie sweaters.
> Curtis wrote:
> > No, actually making that assumption would be no more legal (or
> > ethical, in my opinion).
> I know of some hiring mgrs that "round-file" it as soon as they see a
> reference to gender, race, religion, vital statistics, pre-disposition to
> blowing up rodents, marital status, etc. Their reasoning, which (IMHO)
> sounds goo don the surface is that as long as they do that consistently,
> then no one can come back and accuse them of giving someone a job, or
> denying someone a job, based on providing that info.
> For example, if I considered the resume of a person whose resume
> stated that
> he's a single father with one leg but I offered the position to
> someone else
> (based entirely on previous experience, skill sets, portfolio, references,
> education, and so forth), I could be in danger of being sued because
> ________ (fill in the blank). I could easily defend myself in a court
> showing a comparison chart of the candidates, a file (that is date-stamped
> prior to receiving that person's resume) showing how I will weigh the
> different requirements, etc, but I still have to defend myself in court
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