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Resumé interests

In order to demonstrate how well-rounded one is on a resumé, it seems to be generally accepted practice to list a few hobbies at the end of the thing. Selective truth generally prevails in this part of the exercise. While one may be a whistling world champion, most potential office mates may look askance at a whistler soon-to-be in their midst. "Music" is a blandly acceptable alternative to list. Likewise, I could put "updating my weblog" as a hobby - or I could generalize more usefully and generically to "writing".

All of this is a precursor to the results of the "Things you may be interested in" meme making the rounds at the moment, which compared my listed interests with the interest lists of those sharing my more unusual interests.

This exercise resulted in a list of the sort of bland generalizations which would be right at home on a somewhat uninformative, if perfectly truthful, resumé. Terry Pratchett scrapes in at number 19, with Lord of the Rings at 12, scant specifics in a list of generalities. (And for reference, jazz is the only one listed I wouldn't be interested in including on my existing list; and while I'm spectatively interested in politics, I wouldn't include it on either kind of list either).

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. reading score: 21
2. movies score: 14
3. history score: 13
4. writing score: 12
5. art score: 11
6. books score: 10
7. singing score: 9
8. friends score: 8
9. poetry score: 8
10. chocolate score: 7
11. cooking score: 7
12. lord of the rings score: 7
13. politics score: 7
14. fantasy score: 7
15. york score: 7
16. science score: 7
17. jazz score: 7
18. computers score: 7
19. terry pratchett score: 6
20. astronomy score: 6

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Jul. 9th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
Nonsense... if they're going through a pile of resumes, they're going to *remember* a whistling champion. Everybody's interested in "music." (Or as I said to a co-worker the other day, "How often do you hear somebody say 'Music?! Nah, I hate that crap!'")

My current resume lists, as hobbies/interests, "kendo [blah explanation], brown belt," "designs and constructs fantasy and media-based costumes for performance and competitions," and on and offstage Revels experience. I figure it can't hurt to sound interesting.
Jul. 10th, 2004 09:27 pm (UTC)
(LJ never sent me this comment - just found your reply)

You make a good point about resumes, but there's still a delicate balance. Unless you're applying to a gaming company of some sort "roleplaying" is an awkward category to include in a resume. How do you present mushing/mudding/D&D/live-action as a legitimate hobby of someone you want to employ? I think you'll agree that to a certain extent, selective presentation is important.

A true award-winning whistler would have a reason to include the skill on a resume, but what about someone who just enjoys a bit of whistling now and again? That still sounds like a potentially hazardous cubicle-mate to me.
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