GAIAtheCHEERLEADER wrote: ahduth wrote:
GAIAtheCHEERLEADER wrote:Spent four years as a nationally-competitive cheerleader (was invited to compete in the World Championships). Not quite interests but you get the point.
I was really hesitant to include that but I actually got some attention from V3 firms this past year. So I know it definitely didn't hurt me.
I almost spat out my coffee. This is not a terribly good example of an unusual interest. It's more akin to writing on your resume that you're hot. I'm shocked your resume got dragged in front of pretty much everyone.
Cheerleader doesn't necessarily mean hot, bro. And I also said
GAIAtheCHEERLEADER wrote: Not quite interests but you get the point.
So you're right....It's not an example of an unusual interest, because its barely even an interest. But even I acknowledged that, didn't I? I said it was under my Personal section of my resume. Pretty sure my growing up in a foreign country doesn't constitute an interest either.
But if you want to make poor assumptions and fail to read my entire post, then the only reason you almost spat out your coffee is you.
Touchy. Cheerleader DOES mean hot per the stereotype. When I was working as a recruiter, resumes of people who had done sports and stuff like that were gold - those people haven't been rejected very often, so they make great interviewees. Cheerleading soars to the top of that list, because not only will they tend to be confident, they'll tend to be hot. Interviewers hate nothing more than being locked in a room with someone who's squirmy and nervous through the entire interview. And hot people are better received no matter what. Why else would people buy nice suits for interviews?
I've been watching too much 30 Rock - the episode where Liz tries to show Drew that he lives in a bubble, because he's hot, comes to mind.
More generally, I'd have to think you'd be insane not to put something like that on your resume. My experience with interviewing people is in accounting so.... not sure how directly pertinent it is here (probably depends on whether you're talking OCI or not). But generally speaking, it's very simple. Who do you want to interview: the blank slate with a 3.7 GPA, or the cheerleader with a 3.7 GPA? Call them interests or "personal" or whatever - if they add depth and character to your resume, you should include them. They should definitely be authentic, because you'll get called on them. That being said, cheerleading > member of interpretive dance theatre troupe. I'm not saying it's fair, just the way the world works.