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Hobbies can be a very good self-marketing technique.
In interviews, I often try to interject that I have
been active in a local Toastmasters public speaking
A TW with strength in public speaking can really catch
a hiring managers attention!
--- Kat Nagel <mlists -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com> wrote:
> At 11:53 AM -0400 2004/10/20, Amy Smith/Westford/IBM
> >Hmmmm. About 'hobby-type' stuff...where would you
> draw line on that? What
> >if a candidate's hobby work demonstrated a valuable
> skill set that their
> >'day jobs' didn't? Outside interests and hobbies
> can often contribute
> >significantly to the skill set someone brings to a
> job. And just because
> >something is a hobby doesn't mean that any efforts
> in that vein are
> >automatically less than professional.
> I include that sort of thing --- volunteer positions
> where I
> demonstrated actual skills, not just personal
> interests --- in a
> separate section labelled "Other relevant
> experience". Sometimes, in
> fact, it is the only way for me to prove particular
> required skills
> or types of experience, since much of my day-job
> work has been
> considered confidential.....
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