I had this housemate in grad school -- one of the sloppiest guys I've encountered in my life. He had this huge fish tank with no fish in it. They had all died. The water was murky and there was about a three-inch growth of algae on all the glass surfaces of the tank. A profoundly disgusting sight. Anyhow, cracked us all up one day when we saw his resume lying around. Among the "hobbies and interests" listed was "tropical fish." Anyone willing to fess up to a non-hobby or non-interest listed on their resume? (Moderators -- should this post go in the jobs discussion forum, or maybe "tropical fish"?)
Can I put 'Tropical Fish' on my resume too? I have a tank sitting in my garage. Should I grow a layer of scum on the top first? Does the algae have to be tropical? Anyone willing to fess up to a non-hobby or non-interest listed on their resume? I used to include sports that I spent more time watching than playing.
There is another trick to the "hobby" stuff on a resum�. I have found that it can help to get shortlisted if you have something pretty wacky on your resum�, and the best place for it is probably a hobbies section. This works on two levels. Both only really come into effect when people are choosing candidates for interview, and have agroup with roughly equivalent experience and qualifications. The first potential benefit is that if your choice of hobby is really interesting, the interviewers might add you to the shortlist just out of curiosity. It's hard to come up with something this stunning, though. The second benefit comes into play when a group of people are "on the table", and a few have to be selected for the next stage. At this point, the more memorable you are, the greater chance you have of being remembered and kept on the list. So choose something to act as a "handle" - "the snowboarder", "the amateur actor", "the ballroom dancer", or whatever.