Offering support to as many people as possible via multiple mediums, I am an advocate of social networking. As such, I am on LinkedIn and often respond to questions posed on that site. I’m easy to find and welcome you to take the first step and invite me to join your network. After all, we all need a helping hand now and then!
Below are two questions (and my two responses) recently found on LinkedIn. I bring this to you as the questions are pertinent to just about everyone, including students and directors at all levels…
According to the top three career management associations in the United States, interests should NOT be incorporated into the resume UNLESS it shows value to the reader/company. For example, overseeing local events for up to 40,000 people does show value by way of organizing groups for a common goal. This is a good thing and, if written properly, would add value. Being a Summer fisherman and working part time at a famous tourist bar should NOT be incorporated — the latent messages are not in his/her favor and could conjure negative reader images. Being a certified resume writer and certified career coach, I have seen this issue pop up (just about daily) in one form or another over the past decade. Ultimately, ask yourself “if I were the hiring manager, would a section detailing interest be of value to my company.” If so, then consider including it unless discriminatory elements are seen.
Professional development is always recognized as a positive trait. As an owner of a company and former VP of a global career management firm, I always looked for individuals pushing beyond complacency. As a career coach and resume writer, any “added value” might be the element required to push you above the crowd. Regarding e-learning, YES! While a dean at a college, we searched for qualified instructors and professionals capable of building platforms for online purposes. Based on practical experience, I suggested going the “instructional designer with e-learning experience” route. If the amount of work and money to become certified is marginal, get the certification as well.
I will continue sharing information from various sources for everyone’s benefit. In the meantime, if you have any questions and prefer not to post it on our blog, get into LinkedIn, look me up, and let’s connect!