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Old 09-30-2008, 02:32 PM   #1
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I am doing an overhaul of my resume (adding and removing things) and I have a section of "INTERESTS". I think I am going to put it down, and was wondering who else has homebrewing on your resume.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:34 PM   #2
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It couldn't hurt, unless someone you send it to is like a temperance advocate or something. It is unique enough to stand out of the crowd though and you might get lucky and have an HR employee who is into it as well.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
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I'd probably leave that one off.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:35 PM   #4
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I debated putting in on mine, I ran out of room but ended up leaving it out.

If you have the room, put it on! There are so many people who homebrew (esp in engineering feilds it seems) it may just spark someone who sees it into thinking more about you.

Just my two cents, but I think it would certainly help and can in no way hurt.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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I'd probably leave that one off.
+ 1 on that. Maybe I'm conservative, but I'd never put that on my resume.

 
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:38 PM   #6
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I would leave the entire INTERESTS section off. Spend some time here - Resume services and tips from Monster

All this does depend on what field you are looking in and your skill level within that field.

 
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:39 PM   #7
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I keep it off. Instead I feel out how the actual interview is going and decide whether to bring it up then.

I generalize people who have no knowledge of homebrew, to assuming we're a bunch of rednecks with guns and pickup trucks. Of course I have all of the above mentioned items, but that doesn't make me a redneck.... does it?
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:43 PM   #8
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Unless you're applying for a chemist job, I'd leave it off.
Honestly, you're wasting valuable real estate with the whole Interests section anyway. HR people have dozens of resumes, and one or two positions. You need to grab their attention with your cover letter and the first page of your resume. They don't care that you go fishing with your friends, or build ships in bottles.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:44 PM   #9
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I completely agree with putting it on your resume. I am in a professional field (aviation) and it is completely acceptable to have a interests section on your resume. Infact its very common place. I have a interests section on my resume and HOMEBREWING is on there.

 
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:44 PM   #10
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I would leave the entire INTERESTS section off. Spend some time here - Resume services and tips from Monster

All this does depend on what field you are looking in and your skill level within that field.
I am going into Marketing/Sales, and am just graduating. I think that the section provides them with something other than just job experience (everyone has that) and gives them a quick insight into what kind of person you are (good comment on the redneck generalization, that would be a bad impression). Most companies hire based on two things, can this person do the job and would I like to work with this person. Many people meet the qualifications. I am going to chat with career services at my school and see what they say. The way I see it, if I made homemade cheese and was really interested in it, that wouldn't be a problem to add. I am not saying I am a professional drinker or anything. I don't know though, it is a tough one.
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