Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

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Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby scifiguy » Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:27 am

What do you guys think about adding "quirky" non-academic type of accolades and accomplishments we may have attained to our resume or ls application materials?

Examples might be:

***Reigning Video Game Champion in _________
***Finalist/Runner-up of 2013 West Coast Surfing Championships

etc.

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby TheSpanishMain » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:10 am

In the case of your examples, I would say list the second one under an interests section, leave off the first entirely. Hardcore video gaming conjures up images of aspie lonerdom.

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby DCDuck » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:16 am

I saw "Jeopardy Champion" on a resume once. It got him an interview (but not the job).

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby JuTMSY4 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:32 am

TheSpanishMain wrote:In the case of your examples, I would say list the second one under an interests section, leave off the first entirely. Hardcore video gaming conjures up images of aspie lonerdom.


Pretty much agree - I've had my interest spark up conversations on successful interviews though. Caveat being, I've see NCAA athlete accolades (or similar) be fairly useful.

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Postby bp shinners » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:34 pm

TheSpanishMain wrote:In the case of your examples, I would say list the second one under an interests section, leave off the first entirely. Hardcore video gaming conjures up images of aspie lonerdom.


Which could be counteracted with other interests, such as being a West Coast Surfing Championship. I'd probably include the video game (depending on which one it is, actually, but that would probably matter more to me than to your average adcomm) - you get one nerd on that panel, and you've made a friend. And there are a lot of nerds at law schools - a similar feature on my resume was all I talked about during one of my interviews.

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:40 pm

If the videogame one were something REAL, like literally you went to one of those championship events in Vegas or whatever and won, then maybe list it under interests. The sports one, sure, list it (under interests). Also acceptable: a prize/championship in a photography contest, amateur dirtbike league, regional judo competition, etc.

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby phillywc » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:54 pm

ugh go away scifiguy

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby scifiguy » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:40 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:If the videogame one were something REAL, like literally you went to one of those championship events in Vegas or whatever and won, then maybe list it under interests. The sports one, sure, list it (under interests). Also acceptable: a prize/championship in a photography contest, amateur dirtbike league, regional judo competition, etc.


Yeah, I meant real. :wink:

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby stillwater » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:42 pm

scifiguy wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:If the videogame one were something REAL, like literally you went to one of those championship events in Vegas or whatever and won, then maybe list it under interests. The sports one, sure, list it (under interests). Also acceptable: a prize/championship in a photography contest, amateur dirtbike league, regional judo competition, etc.


Yeah, I meant real. :wink:


scifiguy are you actually going to law school or are you going pro in trolling?

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby scifiguy » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:43 pm

DCDuck wrote:I saw "Jeopardy Champion" on a resume once. It got him an interview (but not the job).


Wow, you hire people into biglaw?

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby stillwater » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:44 pm

scifiguy wrote:
DCDuck wrote:I saw "Jeopardy Champion" on a resume once. It got him an interview (but not the job).


Wow, you hire people into biglaw?


nah this was for assistant deli meat slicer at the Fresno Arby's

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby scifiguy » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:47 pm

stillwater wrote:
scifiguy wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:If the videogame one were something REAL, like literally you went to one of those championship events in Vegas or whatever and won, then maybe list it under interests. The sports one, sure, list it (under interests). Also acceptable: a prize/championship in a photography contest, amateur dirtbike league, regional judo competition, etc.


Yeah, I meant real. :wink:


scifiguy are you actually going to law school or are you going pro in trolling?


I'm undecided about law school, but looking into it. This question actually applies to me in a few ways. I have some of these "qualifications"...definitely on the quirky side, so wasn't sure if they should be mentioned.

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby stillwater » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:48 pm

scifiguy wrote:
stillwater wrote:
scifiguy wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:If the videogame one were something REAL, like literally you went to one of those championship events in Vegas or whatever and won, then maybe list it under interests. The sports one, sure, list it (under interests). Also acceptable: a prize/championship in a photography contest, amateur dirtbike league, regional judo competition, etc.


Yeah, I meant real. :wink:


scifiguy are you actually going to law school or are you going pro in trolling?


I'm undecided about law school, but looking into it. This question actually applies to me in a few ways. I have some of these "qualifications"...definitely on the quirky side, so wasn't sure if they should be mentioned.


be interesting without being weird or pathetic. i think thats the general rule of thumb.

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby scifiguy » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:51 pm

TheSpanishMain wrote:In the case of your examples, I would say list the second one under an interests section, leave off the first entirely. Hardcore video gaming conjures up images of aspie lonerdom.


That's my impression too, even though I know it's a stereotype.

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby Pneumonia » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:56 pm

stillwater wrote: scifiguy are you actually going to law school or are you going pro in trolling?


twist: this is the "quirky accolade" that he is referring to including on his resume.

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Re: Thoughts on "Quirky" Non-Academic Accolades?

Postby Ron Mexico » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:57 pm

Being a surfing champ is bad ass.




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