People often ask me why they should include hobbies when I write their bio. My answer is always that people like to read about people, and that our hobbies 'humanize' us. This article answers the question from an interviewer's point of view, and makes excellent reading.
By Jacquelyn Smith, for Business Insider
When you're in the hot seat interviewing for a job, you're answering questions such as "What's your greatest weakness?" and "Why should we hire you?" — so a query like "What are your hobbies?" will probably seem like a piece of cake.
But before you start babbling about your lifelong obsession with horses or your newfound passion for baking, consider this: The hiring manager wants to get a better sense of who you are, so it's important to think about which hobbies best showcase your strengths, passions, and skills — and then only discuss those in the interview.
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Often when people come to me to write their bio or resume, they fret over the fact they don't have the 'right' education, or the 'right' experience. My advice is always the same: don't apologize for what you think you don't have, emphasize what you do. This video of a TED Talk is a perfect example, and well worth watching. In it, Regina Hartley talks about why she often hires "The Scrapper" over the perfect resume.
Why the best hire may not have the perfect resume.
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This article attracted my attention on two fronts. One, I'm always interested to read about what makes a bio or resume stand out. Two, one of the most common errors I see when reviewing resumes or bios is over-formatting, making them difficult to read not only on a mobile device, but difficult to read in general.
So I was hooked when I saw the headline on this video, produced by Matt Johnson and published in the December 29th edition of Business Insider: "What a hiring manager scans for when reviewing resumes."
Bottom line, Matt says: "Hiring managers spend six seconds on your résumé before they decide on you. This is what they look at."
This video is well worth viewing if you're in the process of writing or updating your resume or bio. Remember, you have only seconds to capture a hiring manager's attention. Makes those seconds count.
Jill Townsend is the author of "How to Write a Great Bio", an e-book with tips on writing a good bio fast, and with confidence.