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Old 07-27-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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Hello everyone:

I am looking at my resume and looking at the surrounding opportunities and they just do not match up But I am not going to dwell on that. My thought is whether or not to add hobbies I have on my resume. Skills I have developed in a nonprofessional setting.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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You can, but focus on what would be meaingful for whatever jobs you're looking at.

For example, if you have a hobby of programming video games, that is something that might interest an employer. A hobby rock-climbing or surfing probably would not...

Good luck.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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You can, but focus on what would be meaingful for whatever jobs you're looking at.

For example, if you have a hobby of programming video games, that is something that might interest an employer. A hobby rock-climbing or surfing probably would not...

Good luck.
Lol. I could see where that might look silly on a resume.

I bake... A lot. Sometimes for money and a few people I know that have celiac disease have come to me because I make a spectacular gluten free pumpkin pie. But i feel like I have acquired a decent amount of skill and may be of use in a food service setting. Just was not sure if I would get laughed out of the interview for putting it on a resume.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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Well, if it is relavent, put it on.

If it's not, you may as well leave it off, but I wouldn't worry about people laughing at it... sadly, from what I've seen, most "job creators" barely read candidates resumes anyway, so I doubt they'll even get around to the bottom where hobbies are listed.

Good luck!
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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If you can give an example that might help. Most employers do not want to see that. It will be considered 'fluff'. However, if they really match the job it could be worth it.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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If I was in your position I would somehow angle my cooking for sick people into my own business, you can even buy a domain name and paid some harmless IT person to set something up and baaam, your running your own company, your a good Samaritan, n thus a great American. Thank you
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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Hello everyone:

I am looking at my resume and looking at the surrounding opportunities and they just do not match up But I am not going to dwell on that. My thought is whether or not to add hobbies I have on my resume. Skills I have developed in a nonprofessional setting.
My suggestion would be, assuming you're using headings like "Employment" and "Education" and maybe "Skills" in other sections of your resume, call this section something like "Other Interests/Experience" rather than "Hobbies" (if you're concerned with whether it's professional sounding enough).

Then, like others have said, tailor your resume to the individual job as far as what you include there (or whether you include that section at all for a specific job).
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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How old are you? What experience level do you have and what education do you bring to the table? Most importantly, what wage are you willing to accept?

There are a lot of details that influence whether or not you can get an entry level job in today's economy. These days, the labor market is basically choppy waters that many have a terrible time navigating. What would have floated a decade ago is not seaworthy today. You need to focus on what you have to offer... That is potential!

Take my advice... Go in and speak to a business own. Do everything you can to convince him/her that you are the young mind ready to absorb whatever he/she has to offer. Tell him/her that you have a strong desire to do more in life than expect opportunity to be handed to you. It doesn't matter what your background is or your education. You want the opportunity to EARN it. After that, your level of success is entirely dependent on your level of commitment, and everything else is for show these days. Good luck
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