Resume Tips for the Uninitiated: Part 3

Welcome to part three of my series of short posts featuring helpful tips for those not accustomed to writing resumes. For this instalment, I thought I would address an issue I frequently encountered when reviewing the resumes of college students.

Several times, I noticed that students had included a “Hobbies” section on the resume. There are differing opinions on the use of such a section, so I thought I would share my view on it.

Personally, I do not feel that hobbies should be included on a resume. I understand that when an applicant does not have a lot of work experience to highlight, they might want to include some hobbies to fill out the resume. They likely think it shows that they are a well-rounded individual. There’s nothing wrong with this way of thinking necessarily; it’s more a case of using the resume to best showcase what you have to offer an employer.

For this reason, I recommend using the space to share information about volunteering, special projects worked on, or clubs you belong to. Each of these things can help position you as a fit for the job, in a more straightforward way than including hobbies probably could.

The exception I sometimes made to this, was to include hobbies only if they directly relate to the job being applied for. For example, video production as a hobby might be relevant to an event planning role, particularly if live streaming is part of the events or conferences the successful applicant would be planning.

In the end, you as the applicant need to ensure that each and every piece of information listed on the resume supports the employment objective and job being sought. You are encouraged to use your best judgment to determine whether including hobbies achieves this goal.

What do you think readers? Would you include hobbies on a resume? Why or why not?

 

Resume Tips for the Uninitiated: Part 1

Resume writing is a life skill, but it can be a difficult one to learn. Even experienced workers can struggle with crafting an effective resume, but knowing how to do so is empowering. Young people, particularly teenagers and those just starting to think about the job search, can find it especially hard to put together a resume, but it is certainly possible.

That said, in this post I will share the first of a series of tips on how to write your first resume.

  • Start early. It is very stressful when you find a job opportunity or promising volunteer role, but you have no resume. Having to write it when under pressure can make it harder to do. It is best to start gathering the information for the resume long before it has to be submitted. The beginning of a new school year is an ideal time for teenagers to start this task.

Encourage your teenager to start keeping track of any courses they have taken, as well as clubs, special projects, or volunteer work they have participated in, and the relevant dates associated with each. These items make up the bones of a good resume, and if they are noted as they arise, it’s easier to recall the necessary details when it comes time to write the actual resume.

Your teenager can also keep a physical file of achievements, such as certificates, ribbons and school evaluations, all of which might be relevant when it comes to assembling an effective resume.

Stay tuned for more resume tips for the uninitiated in upcoming posts!