Re: Resumes - writing your own

Subject: Re: Resumes - writing your own
From: Bev Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 1995 14:08:50 MST

Thomas E. Potter <TPotter243 -at- AOL -dot- COM> wrote-->
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> One section which I think is very important and one which most resume writers
> omit is the HOBBIES AND INTERESTS section. I never thought about this until I
> ran across some resumes in which the applicants had the same hobbies as I. It
> made me take a second look at the resume. After all, someone who shares your
> interests will automatically get your attention.

You're right that many resume books recommend omitting the
hobbies and interests section. But, as you say, including it
can work highly in your favor. OTOH, I think it is equally
likely that a hobby or interest you list can work against you.

For instance, I'm sort of one of them animal rights wackos and
if you list trophy hunting or mink farming as a hobby or
interest, you've pretty well sealed your fate with me.

I admit that those are extreme examples. I've never met anyone
whose hobby was mink farming (though I have known a few trophy
hunters--the kind with elephant-foot footstools and leopard
skins on their walls). Unless your hobbies are mundane and
harmless, it's probably safest to omit the section.

Bev Parks
bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil
All opinions are my own--I am not representing my employer.

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