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Old 08-25-2016, 09:21 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I'm currently updating my CV and I'm just curious if something should be included. Different people have given me contradictory advice on this.

I'm a member of the Republican Party executive committee for my county, and also served as a delegate representing my electoral district in the GOP state convention where we voted on the party platform. Some have told me this reflects that I am a well-rounded person and demonstrates my leadership and community service skills. I know others who have put something similar on their CVs and just left out which political party they were a member of.

Do you think that's a good idea, to mention it but leave out the political party? I do know that political affiliation isn't a protected category and that they technically won't be breaking the law by asking.

Personally, if I was interviewing someone, and they said they were President of the College Democrats I would most definitely not hire them (I would assume they will demand an overly PC environment, take issue with any mention of God, perhaps demand an unreasonable salary like the $15 minimum wage advocates or engage in union blackmail) , but if they left the party unidentified I would see their involvement as something positive. What's y'alls take on this?
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:32 PM
 
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Don't do it.

Our county is too divided right now. So much so that you really do need to hide your political affiliations, especially in the public sector. Look at what happened today - you were just lumped into a fringe "alt-right" ideology b/c you don't vote democrat.

Maybe say you served as a delegate and active in local politics. Just don't mention party until you know the hiring manager better.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Personally, if I was interviewing someone, and they said they were President of the College Democrats I would most definitely not hire them (I would assume they will demand an overly PC environment, take issue with any mention of God, perhaps demand an unreasonable salary like the $15 minimum wage advocates or engage in union blackmail) , but if they left the party unidentified I would see their involvement as something positive. What's y'alls take on this?
A politically active Democrat is not someone you would hire but somebody with a 50% chance of being a politically active Democrat is someone you would be more likely to hire than somebody with a 0% chance of being a politically active Democrat? This is why Republicans are fighting a war on science. They don't understand probability.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I agree, don't mention party.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:38 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I agree, don't mention party.
But you think it would be good to just mention serving as a delegate and being on the executive committee but leaving the party out? Or just not mention that I'm involved in politics at all? I'm just concerned that someone will demand to know what party I served.
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I'm just concerned that someone will demand to know what party I served.
If they wanted to know, they would just google it. No matter how common your name is, I'm guessing that it won't show up on the lists of delegates for both political parties.
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:42 PM
 
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Dont mention it. Why risk your chances? Just because something is allowed legally, it doesn't mean people are comfortable with it. Always leave politics out of workplace & resumes if your field has nothing to do with politics. The same reason you wont mention your religion. Its a sensitive subject for many. Just because you wont eat the lion, doesn't mean that lion wont eat you.
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Old 08-26-2016, 06:01 AM
 
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Unless it is for a political position in your party, I wouldn't mention politics at all.
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Old 08-26-2016, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I was a manager at a very well known high tech company for 23 years. My advice:

Never discuss politics or religion in the work environment.

If I saw that stuff on your CV, I'd pass you by. I would assume that you would create problems that I would have to deal with. I would also question your judgment.

Work is about getting results to achieve an objective. Unless your work is dealing directly with getting somebody elected, leave politics off your CV.
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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What's y'alls take on this?
I recommend doing this only if you know for sure that the hiring manager shares the same political views. Research the HM online and find out if they donated to any political campaign recently or if they mention politics in any of their social networking posts. You never know, you just might run away with the "fit" factor and jump to the top of their candidate list.

I'm libertarian and always thought I could have at least some sort of dialogue about politics, or agreement about certain issues, with a conservative HM should something like that occur. However, this election cycle has revealed to me that most conservatives are very close-minded and have been quick to dismiss any other party as "being in bed" with Hillary Clinton.
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