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Tandem Resume Tips: Hobbies and Interests - Part 2

Kent Nolen

Q: I just read your post on “Hobbies” and “Interests” sections on resumes. When would you include such a section? A: I received a lot of e-mails asking this question because I didn’t entirely rule out using a section like this on a resume.

To further clarify... Sometimes, you’ll find that companies - Google, for example - ask that you include information about what interests you outside of work. I think that’s great. Also, individuals in industries that require lengthier resumes and CVs (Education, for example) may benefit from the inclusion of a section that addresses outside interests. Employers in those arenas are accustomed to seeing such information.

For the most part, though, it’s best to leave that sort of information off to help in warding off potential discrimination and to keep your resume focused on what employers are most interested in - accomplishments.

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