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)
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 14:52:17 -0700

As a hiring manager interviewing candidates for a TW position in my tech
Pubs dept., I can say that ALL the info on the résumé, as well as any other
info I can glean from an interview or other sources [e.g., some candidates
list web sites they have created, contributed to, or that show work samples]
will factor into my filtering process.
And the personal_info/hobbies stuff can be helpful & instructive, especially
when the workgroup is small, as ours is, and faces recurrent schedule
crunches, as we do, and encounters ambiguity [or worse] from other players
in the dramatis personae, as is true here [& everywhere I've ever worked,
BUT I dare not share any recent, or even older, examples of what part such
info may have played in my decision making, because prospective [or former]
candidates may be reading TECHWR-L ! and then I'd've shared too much...
'nuff said.
Al Rubottom /\
Manager, Technical Publications
Sensormatic VSD, San Diego

> -----Original Message-----
> You know, a lot of people are saying "having hobbies tells employers you
> are a good employee," but I'd like to hear what more employers think,
> rather than what we *think* they think. I mean, we could prattle on about
> this for weeks (and you *know* we could, don't you), but most of us are on
> the employee side of the equation, and are only speculating about what
> potential employers want.


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