I originally wrote this as a response to an article I found while trying to figure out if should include hobbies and interests on my Resume… And while I didn’t agree with the authors views, it really got my mind working and made me think it through. I must send a personal, “Thanks” to the author, for getting his or her views out and requesting that, we the people, write back.
The original article can be found here: http://www.attorneyresume.com/articles/40012/Should-You-Include-A-Hobbies-Interests-Personal-Section-On-Your-Resume/.
“Something, you as the author and you as the reader may want to consider are applicants such as myself who want to attract the employer who is interested in creating the most cohesive team possible. Far too many times have I worked for a company that was not interested in my personal motivations, and therefore I was teamed with the wrong people, creating conflicts and slowing down the team as a whole. One good analogy to further explain my point is this: Oil and Vinegar apply to be part of “Team Salad Dressing.” Without knowing the specific properties of both, IE the interests, motivations, personalities and abilities of each applicant, how could a team leader know if these individuals will work well together? As most of us know, Oil and Vinegar stored in the same container must be shaken vigorously and quickly applied to work well as a dressing. If left stagnant, the team “Oil & Vinegar” will separate and perform their function as a salad dressing, rather poorly.
I truly feel that to understand and motivate one’s team, a team leader must understand the unique motivations of each individual present in that team. After all, the world of business is one giant network of relationships working toward the same goal, so why shouldn’t the very foundation of these relationships, each member of each team, be understood and appreciated?
Listing personal hobbies, interests and motivations on a resume may help to achieve team cohesion. I will leave it up to you, the replying reader, to decide.”