Re: Hobbys (and other stuff) on resumes

Subject: Re: Hobbys (and other stuff) on resumes
From: TRACY BOYINGTON <trlyboyi -at- GENESIS -dot- ODVTE -dot- STATE -dot- OK -dot- US>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 1996 08:04:31 +0000

I originally wrote:

> TB> There are instances, of course, where your hobby actually does
> TB> pertain to the job you apply for. In that case, I'd like to see
> TB> the hobby mentioned in a cover letter.

and Alexander von Obert replied:

> I would surely not mention a hobby like collecting playing cards. But there
> are hobbies that ARE important. Take me as an example:

> - I am a radio amateur (DL4NO). When you are looking for someone
> who has some idea what electromagnetic compatibility is,
> I have suffered from that for more than 20 years and took measures
> to make TV sets TVI tight.

> - I operate a BBS. If you have a documentation job in this field
> my knowledge might help :-)

> - I have been active in our national society for technical communicators
> for some 12 years. I offered you here on the list to connect you to
> specialists in Germany or so.

> No information important enough for a resume?

To which I reply: it depends. As an employer, will any of these
skills benefit *me*? If so, by all means keep them on your resume.
But if I'm hiring you to edit a medical textbook or write an
instruction sheet on how to put a bookshelf together, your amateur
radio experience does not add any value. And given everybody's
personal set of prejudices and stereotypes, it may even detract from your
value to somebody.


Tracy Boyington
Technical Communication Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma

I never express opinions, but if one slips out, it belongs
to me and not ODVTE.

"I think I did pretty well, considering I started out
with nothing but a bunch of blank paper."
-- Steve Martin

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