Re: Interviews/Resumes - Outside Interests

Subject: Re: Interviews/Resumes - Outside Interests
From: Erika Steffer <esteffer -at- SYMPATICO -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 18:54:20 -0400

>> Outside Interests, Community Involvement, Organizational
>> Memberships,
>> Hobbies, and Military Experience have NO PLACE on a resume.

To avoid misconceptions about one's work ethic and to avoid being labelled
and pidgeon-holed, it is, of course, prudent to exercise caution when
identifying one's involvements on a resume. However, the above statement
leaves no room for interests which directly contribute to one's
professional knowledge, expertise, or development. If germane to the
position, in fact, one might be wise to identify relevant hobbies,
associations and outside interests.

Active participation in professional associations, if nothing else,
indicates that one has a professional network -- very handy resource for
the organization, not just oneself.

To me, it also makes great sense to include professionally-relevant
community involvement. For example, my experience as a tutor, board chair
and committe member for a literacy organization has contributed to my
professional growth both in my previous role of librarian and researcher,
and in my current role as a writer and editor.

E.K. Steffer
Procedures Development Analyst
Bank of Montreal
B1, First Canadian Place
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1A1
tel: 416-867-6279
fax: 416-867-7850

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world:
indeed it's the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead

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