How Do I Get my Resume to Land on the Top of the Pile? (and to stay out of the trashcan) Tip #4

How do I get my resume to land on the top of the pile? (and to stay out of the trashcan) Tip #4 - Hobbies and Interests Section?

Tip #4 - Hobbies and Interests Section?

At one time, this was a standard feature. With the exception of the entry-level graduate (and then only if it is relevant to the job search), this section is not recommended. What does the potential employer think if you have listed your high golf-score or all of the volunteer work that you do at the school? Do they think you are well rounded or that your time is otherwise occupied? How is "Little League Coach" applicable to your next job? Perhaps the person reading your resume is thinking, "Well, I guess he'll be running out the door every night at 5:30." Keep your resume as a marketing tool of what you have to offer the employer. If you aren't selling yourself, leave it out.

Michelle A. Riklan is a certified professional résumé writer, career coach, speaker, author, and employment interview consultant.

Michelle A. Riklan, ACRW, CPRW, CEIC

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