Concerned About What Interests to Include in Your Resume?

September 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm 2 comments

There seems to be lots of confusion and uncertainty about what interests, if any, to include in a resume. I have already blogged on this but, in short, it comes down to how relevant the interest is to the position, does it showcase a side of your personality that will stand you in good stead and is it a perceived ‘high-risk’ or even socially ‘senstive’ interest.

For example:

1/ You may get little benefit from including stamp collecting on a personal trainer resume but get a lot of milage by including kick boxing. This does not mean you should necessarily leave stamp collecting off as it does show a side to your personality, but that it is not an interest that will necessarily help you land an interview as much as kick boxing would.

2/ Endurance sports and endeavours such as marathon running show aspects of your personality such as determination and goal setting while team sports can demonstrate your ability to work within a team environment for the ‘greater good’.

3/ Sports such as caving may be regarded as high-risk in some industries and best left off your resume but then discussed at the interview where you have the opportunity to go into the safety standards and dispel any concerns about your not showing up for work on Monday.

As with every aspect of your resume, each section needs to be written and tailored with your audience and the role in mind.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.

Beverley Neil

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Resume Samples  |  September 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Great Post…………..I like it.

    • 2. writepowerfulresumes  |  September 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

      Thank you. Like many aspects of resume writing it comes down to keeping your target in mind, never missing an opportunity to ‘sell’ yourself, and a big dollop of common sense. Thanks again.


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