CareerOwl Featured Career Article
We Get Personal?
How personal should
you get in your resume? Should you include a list of hobbies, associations
and other activities? Or skip that information
Some career professionals advise that personal details are inappropriate for any resume. I disagree. I believe you should include or omit personal data on a case-by-case basis.
I agree with the
reader who writes: "If you have room for an 'Interests' section,
it can add some color to your resume. In over half my interviews, employers
discussed my interests -- football, sports, etc. They can relate
Now. Everyone is different.
Should your resume
mention football and sports if you're applying for a job as a summer
camp counselor or customer service rep at a department store? I'd say
yes, IF you don't have to delete more-valuable information to make
But what if you're applying for a job as an accountant, lawyer, or something equally conservative? Proceed with caution regarding hobbies and other personal data. When in doubt, leave it out.
Here's the question I've asked myself while writing/editing more than 2,000 resumes: "Does THIS personal data make THIS candidate more attractive for THIS job?" If so, I include relevant interests, associations, etc.
An obvious word of caution -- be 100% truthful when including personal interests in your resume.
Back when I used
to work for other people, I wrote on my resume that I spoke intermediate
Japanese. After one interview, a blonde woman walked up and said: "Konnichi
wa!" We had a nice conversation in Japanese, because I
Another point to remember -- it's never a good idea to mention activities related to politics or religion, unless you're applying to a political or religious institution. Otherwise, you run the risk of offending readers who don't share your views. Again, when in doubt, leave it out.
Best of luck to
Kevin Donlin is Managing Editor of 1 Day Resumes. The 1DR writers provide same-day, one-on-one resume writing assistance. He is also author of "Resume and Cover Letter Secrets Revealed," a do-it-yourself manual that will help you find a job in 30 days ... or your money back. For more information, click here.