Friday, July 25, 2014

Study Suggests Playing up Your Hobby When You Post Your Resume for Free

A recent study suggests that you may make yourself more attractive to prospective employers when you play up your hobby when you post your resume for free. After all, using your leisure time to increase your knowledge and skills is bound to make you more interesting than lying around watching TV.

People who spend their free time on creative hobbies performed better at solving problems at work and were more likely to make an extra effort to be helpful to their co-workers. Those are the findings from a survey led by Kevin Eschleman, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University. The complete results were published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Of course, you need to regard your resume as valuable real estate so consider carefully which hobbies are likely to appeal to the person you will be interviewing with and the best way to broach the subject. If you do not feature them in your resume, you can always look for an opening at your interview.
These are 6 questions to ask yourself:

Is my hobby compatible with the company mission? Use your organic garden to impress an environmental group.

Is my hobby popular with the staff? Check out staff member’s hobbies on their company bios and LinkedIn profiles.

Does my hobby demonstrate qualities that are relevant to the positon I am seeking? Miniature painting may suggests an attention to detail that’s appealing in a data base manager.

Does my hobby showcase my individual strengths? Hiking the Appalachian Trail proves you’re no slacker.

Will my hobby help me to stand out and be remembered? Who could forget a woman who builds a replica of the Taj Mahal out of Lego.

Does my hobby position me as being up on the latest trends? Maybe you’re adept at the latest technology or the first in your neighborhood to blog about artisanal toast.

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