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What Aspects of Your Juggle Should You Put on a Resume?

Posted by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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What Aspects of Your Juggle Should You Put on a Resume?


Jobseekers work hard to polish their resumes, trying to impress employers with their work skills. But what aspects of your juggle should you include?

If you are raising kids or doing volunteer work, which activities will sell you to an employer?  And if you love sports or working out, do you put them on your resume? How about your pursuit of surfing or Bikram yoga? Would you leave off your passion for skateboarding?

I asked a few image consultants and resume experts for advice. The most common theme they struck: Emphasize only authentic passions you think will be seen by your target employer as a good fit.

If your desired job requires a lot of schmoozing with clients, then golf, tennis or racquetball could be a plus, says Lori Bumgarner, an image consultant with PaNASH Style. If the job will take a lot of teamwork, mention any team sport such as basketball or soccer. In a toss-up between sports or relevant work skills, however, always opt for the work skills, Ms. Bumgarner says.

And skateboarding? If your target company is “young, hip, energetic, creative and open-minded with a work hard-play hard mentality, then skateboarding” might be a winner, she says. Above all, be truthful; pretending to love golf when you don’t will come back to haunt you.

Brad Karsh, president of JobBound, a career consulting firm, says employers often like to see leadership roles listed. If you were captain of the football team, employers “may not care how many tackles you had, but they will love to hear about how you grew as a leader,” he says. Talking about passions, such as yoga or mountain-climbing, can help an employer get to know your personality, Karsh says.

As for volunteer projects, including efforts at your kids’ schools, coaches recommend listing successes that would transfer to the workplace, such as fundraising or organizational skills. The best examples quantify results in dollars or numbers of people or projects overseen. With luck, you will be interviewed by someone like-minded; one hiring manager I interviewed said she feels a connection to applicants who list school volunteer work similar to projects she has undertaken in the past.

But it usually isn’t wise to emphasize nurturing skills, unless you are applying for a job in a related field. Asserting that you are a good time manager because you can balance the demands of a toddler and a teenager may be true, but it isn’t going to carry a great deal of weight with most employers, coaches say.

Readers, what family, community or athletic pursuits have you listed on your resume? What response have you gotten?

by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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ThatTXMom
by Platinum Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...... I have been interviewing for 2 weeks!  I hate reading resumes!!!!!   I don't even want to look at another resume or think about another resume.  Resumes are a neccesary evil. 

My biggest advice..... when I say I am looking for a "FT Inside Sales Rep workling with schools", it might be wise to change your objective from "Seeking a position in the medical coding industry where I can work part time from home."

If my ad says FT... don't call me and ask me if it is a PT position.  If my Ad says Base+, do not ask me if you wil receive hourly pay.  If my ad says Energetic, do not call me right after you woke up from a bender the night before.  Common sense people! 

margroc
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 12:23 PM


Quoting ThatTXMom:

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...... I have been interviewing for 2 weeks!  I hate reading resumes!!!!!   I don't even want to look at another resume or think about another resume.  Resumes are a neccesary evil. 

My biggest advice..... when I say I am looking for a "FT Inside Sales Rep workling with schools", it might be wise to change your objective from "Seeking a position in the medical coding industry where I can work part time from home."

If my ad says FT... don't call me and ask me if it is a PT position.  If my Ad says Base+, do not ask me if you wil receive hourly pay.  If my ad says Energetic, do not call me right after you woke up from a bender the night before.  Common sense people! 

I agree!  I receive hundreds of resumes for one position. I made the ad very specific hoping to cut down on the number of unqualified applicants yet it does no good. I'm looking for an experienced sales rep who will be travelling and spending a lot of time on the road - don't respond if you have no driver's license. If my ad states must be proficient in a certain software, don't respond that you've taken a course in Word. And, fyi, people, experience being a bouncer in a nightclub does not in any way relate to "experience dealing with high level management". LOL

“The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.” - Pierre E. Trudeau

ThatTXMom
by Platinum Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Another great one.... any exp rep will know that base + is the opposite of commission only.  If you have been out of the workforce for 5 years, you will probably NOT be able to re-enter the workforce making $15 dollars per hour, much less $30.  A sales position is most always compensated to some degree by performance.  So if the hourly rate I am paying you is in the $10 per hour range, you are expected to be motivated by making sales to earn more money.

And what the hell are people skills?  What is a people person?  That makes no sense... we are ALL people persons.  I have yet to interview someone who was not a people or a person.  Explain to me how you enjoy working with people....  for all I know your idea of loving to work with people is that you enjoy berating customers!  LOL   If I hired every people person.... I would hire everyone I interview. *rolling eyes*

In a sales position, when I ask you to give me your sales pitch on why I should hire you....   do not give me the CareBear stare as we listen to crickets. 

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